• How long does an online course typically take to complete?

    We suggest preparing to spend approximately 60 hours of study for each course.  All courses are self-paced so you can be online at times convenient for you and can complete your class early.  You can choose to take your course over either a 9- or 18-week time period during the traditional school year. Enrollment can begin on any Monday when school is in session.

    Why do I have to have my counselor's signature?

    Your school counselor is in the best position to give you advice regarding graduation requirements for your specific circumstances. They are familiar with recent changes to requirements and the impact on students educational decisions.

    How can I support my student in their online course?

    Distinguish between online learning time and free time on the computer. Setting aside time to work on their course, free from other distractions, is also important.
     
    Are Virtual School House courses as rigorous as face-to-face courses?
    Yes, our courses follow Idaho standards and Common Core State Standards. We provide the same content a student would learn in a traditional classroom. In fact, it can be said that online courses are more rigorous than face-to-face courses because students are truly responsible for their learning.
     
    Why do you ask for both a student and parent email address?
    This is how our administrative staff communicates with online students and their parents.  You will both receive initial login information and parents/guardians will receive a course progress report via email every Monday. This report will show the student's current grade based on what has been completed (AVG), the percent of graded items that have been completed (PCT), and the student's final grade if all incomplete work was given a grade of zero (GRD). Because we require that all work be completed in order to receive credit for the course, the GRD calculation can be ignored.