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Janet Johnson's picture

Understanding the iGeneration: Results of Our Student Survey

In a recent survey, we asked 500 middle and high school students from around the country about their attitudes towards school. The results are in, and it is fascinating to read what was on the minds of today's students. Here are a few interesting bits of information we learned from the survey:

The good news for parents and teachers?

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  • Nearly 90% of teens said they are planning to enroll in a four-year college, community college or technical program when they graduate from high school.
  • 43% ranked going to college at the top of the list when asked if they could do anything when they graduate.

The challenging news?

  • As the number of classrooms shrinks and the student population grows, middle and high schoolers feel like they are being lost in the shuffle.
  • 60% said that when they fall behind in their classes, they have to ask for help or don’t get the help they need to catch up.
  • More than 33% confirmed that they have to ask to be challenged when they are doing well.
  • 55% of students say that bullying is a problem in their school

I think we were surprised by both of those findings. The results of this survey were quite telling, and it sheds an interesting light on the attitudes many students have towards school.

We have also taken the opportunity to survey our own students as well in an effort to compare the attitudes of traditional school students to the attitudes of online students, and we will share these results with you as they come available.

Do you know a student who needs additional teacher support or access to a wider variety of high-quality curriculum? Visit this page today to learn more about the online learning opportunities available to students in your state.

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Mike Thatcher's picture

Spending Summertime Wisely - Part 2: Starting Your Own Business!

In the last installment of the summer fun blog we discussed job seeking tips for teens. But what can you do if the employment prospects for teenagers in your community are limited? Many teenagers across the country are responding with the spirit of entrepreneurship and starting their own business. In today’s blog post we will share some more tips and tricks teenagers can use to start their own business.

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Sonya Saatzer's picture

Planning For College: A General Timeline

Going to college after graduating from high school is the plan for many of our students. If you have plans or are even considering attending college – the sooner you plan for that in your high school career, the better off you will be.

In speaking with many of our parents and students, we realize the need that many of you have for guidance in the college planning process, so we created this general timeline of important things to think about each year of your high school career, and we will blog about many of these items in greater length in the coming months.

Freshman Year:

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Sonya Saatzer's picture

Building Your Perfect Summer Reading List

There’s something about being surrounded by books that I just love, whether it be perusing the shelves at Barnes and Noble or picking up 15 books at the library to take home with me, the endless possibilities of adventure, love, and mystery are so exciting!

For those of you like me, I don’t have to tell you how wonderful it is in the summer Reading is a great way to keep your brain healthy when not actively learning in school when you hopefully have a lot more time to spend reading. For those of you that wonder how anyone could read a book for fun, my hope is that this summer, you’ll find a real page-turner; one that takes you someplace you’ve never gone before.

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Spending Summertime Wisely - Part 1: Summer Jobs

To many students, summer is a sacred time of year. Two and a half months without obligations, schedules or worries. If planned correctly, summer can also be profitable and productive time for students as well. Summer is an excellent chance for students to gain experience that will help them stand out on college application.

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We Asked and Our Students Answered: Why Do You iQ?

It's no surprise that students choose to attend virtual schools for a variety of unique reasons. Whether they need an alternative to the students-working-at-the-same-pace traditional school environment or they needed a flexible schedule to accommodate a part-time job, each of our students has his or her unique reason for choosing iQ Academy.

We wanted our students to tell us, first hand, why they chose to enroll with iQ, and we got some great answers! In response to our request for a video that explains, "Why Do You iQ?", nine students sent us their story for you to see.

Click on over to the Why Do You iQ? video page to see them for yourself, and don't forget to vote for your favorite video. 

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Janet Johnson's picture

Is Online Learning For You?

One of the nice things about working in the early phases of a growing market is that we’re all finding our ways together. A very common question that comes up when we talk with students and parents is:


What kind of child can thrive online?

Our iQ Academy Washington teachers got together and created a “Preparing for Online Success” quiz that helps students and their families rank their learning habits in order to prepare to be an online learner. More than 1M students in grades kindergarten through 12 are taking classes online today. Our most successful students have (and I’d pose in this order):

  • Supportive parents or family members at home to help out
  • A sense of independence
  • The ability to understand written instructions
  • A joy around technology
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Sonya Saatzer's picture

How To Get Involved With the iQ Community This Summer

In an earlier post, I wrote about some ways to cure summer boredom such as learning a new hobby or volunteering at an organization you have a passion for, but what if you’re just looking for a way to have fun with some of your friends from school? We’ve got that covered!

Club iQ meets every month during the school year to discuss new activities and hobbies, introduce you to new friends and have fun online! This month, Club iQ is all about SUMMER!

In the first session we will discuss how to land your perfect summer job or start your own business. In the second, the focus is excellent volunteer opportunities and how to plan your entire summer so you make sure to do everything you want to do.

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Why Now Is a Great Time To Consider AP Courses

One of the greatest benefits of attending a virtual school is the expansive list of courses students can choose from. Even today, students in rural or underfunded school districts have very limited access to the curriculum and instructors needed to serve a broad array of student needs.

At iQ Academy we give many students choices they might not otherwise have by offering from a few to nearly 20 Advanced  Placement® (AP) courses for high school students. Sure, many students don't want or don't need AP® courses, but college-bound students should look closely at the opportunity for several reasons:

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Four Fun Ways To Keep Your Mind Active This Summer

“All of the top achievers I know are life-long learners. Looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they're not learning, they're not growing... not moving toward excellence. “ Denis Waitley, a keynote lecturer and productivity consultant on high performance human achievement.

You work hard all school year, studying and challenging yourself to learn new things. Whether it be becoming a better writer, learning how to solve quadratic equations or understanding what elements are in the day to day objects around us, you learn so many interesting things as a student at iQ Academy.

The cool thing is, school isn’t the only place you can learn. In fact, one of the greatest keys to success is to be a life-long learner, so embrace learning new things, challenge yourself and have fun with it.

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