Do I need to have access to a computer to attend?
Yes. Each family is required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications necessary to access the Stride K12 Online School (OLS) and Learning Management System (LMS). Families must also have access to a reliable high-speed internet service to participate in the school. In certain cases, based on financial need, Iowa Virtual Academy (IAVA) may loan a computer to an enrolling family. This determination will take place during the enrollment process.
What computer skills are required?
The Learning Coach needs to have at least basic computer skills. Use of the computer is an important part of the online school program. In the elementary grades, mostly the Learning Coach interacts with the computer. Middle school and high school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills.
Do I need high-speed internet access to attend?
No. Although high-speed internet access definitely makes the experience of learning online much more satisfying, it is not absolutely necessary. Some geographic areas unfortunately do not have high-speed access available. However, for those areas that do, it is the preferred type of access for the program.