How It Works
Myths About Online School
MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students at Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA) can participate in academic and social outings. In the past, these outings and activities have included trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, etc.
MYTH: My student will spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, students are involved in activities offline as well, including using textbooks, art supplies, science materials, etc. As students move through the curriculum each year, more of their instruction is delivered online.
MYTH: Attending IAVA is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend about six hours on schoolwork each day and the Learning Coach or mentor needs to be available during that time to help guide and support the student.
MYTH: Online schools don’t meet requirements for public schools.
FACT: IAVA is a public school that operates outside of a traditional classroom. Students are required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Iowa. The Stride K12 curriculum is developed by a team of education professionals dedicated to engaging young minds and providing interesting and interactive learning experiences.