How Online Learning Works
With online learning, your student can learn at home, or wherever there's an internet connection while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using Stride K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
What to Expect
What's my role as a parent?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
More About the Online School (OLS)
This easy-to-use platform has the tools you'll need to access school online. Parents and students use the OLS to:
- Create schedules using built-in planning tools
- Log attendance
- Monitor progress
- Access daily lessons
- Submit assignments
- Participate in live web classes and interactive discussions
- Connect with teachers and reach out for extra help whenever needed
- Join online clubs
- Participate in virtual field trips
- Stay up to date on school news and events
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend Insight School of Washington (ISWA)?
Any student in grades 6–12 who resides in Washington. Stride Career Prep is available for students in grades 9–10. Students must be 20 years of age or younger on the first day of the school year. Students who turn 21 while enrolled may remain enrolled until the end of the current school year. High school students must also be able to demonstrate completion of the eighth grade through official transcript or homeschool portfolios.
What does it cost to attend ISWA?
ISWA is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Washington-certified teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Families who qualify receive a loaner computer and printer. Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
As Washington public school students, all students enrolled in ISWA must comply with the state-required minimum number of 180 instructional days.
When can my child start attending classes?
To help students ease into our school environment, we offer three start dates, called "cohorts", in the first semester. Students who begin in the second or third cohorts are assigned a lighter course load to ensure they start strong.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student's teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
We expect that middle school students will spend more than 60 percent of their time online. High school students will spend most of their school time on the computer. Students also do hands-on science experiments, read novels, and complete math problems that are done without the computer.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.