How Online Education Works

Iowa Virtual Academy uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.

For high school, IAVA uses the high school program from K12. Whether students are targeting a top-tier, four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, IAVA prepares them to maximize their post-high school success.

Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools

At Iowa Virtual Academy, all students interact with one or more licensed teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate daily with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. Each IAVA family is eligible to receive a loaner computer (based on financial need), as well as boxes of materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject matter.

Extensive School Support System

IAVA also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K-8, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "learning coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. At the high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. The IAVA instructional model is characterized by active teacher engagement, with frequent, synchronous, teacher-initiated sessions available to students. Each teacher is state-certified and trained in his or her specific subject area. In addition, monthly networking opportunities will be provided through various events and outings, enabling the entire school community to keep in close contact.

Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability

In addition to providing individualized learning, as an online public school, IAVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.