Federal Way Internet Academy
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School District: Federal Way
Grades Served: K-12
Approved as a Multidistrict Online School Program and Online Course Provider through the 2015-16 school year.
Student Enrollment Instructions:
Students wishing to take courses with Internet Academy go to the iA homepage and then by clicking on the Apply link that will guide them through the registration/enrolling process. Courses are listed by grade level and by subject area. After courses are selected, an iA staff member will go over the student’s selection and make or suggest possible recommended changes.
Once the registration has been completed, an email is sent to the student and to the parent with forms and paperwork that may need to be completed by the guardian and/or student’s home school.
Upon receipt of the completed paperwork, another email is sent with student login information to access their iA campus page and Orientation class before being placed into their classes.
Individual Online Course Purchasing Instructions:
Individual courses from Federal Way Internet Academy are available for schools to purchase in the DLD course catalog.
Serving students online since 1996, Internet Academy (iA) is one of the leading pioneers in online education. iA is a program located in the Federal Way School District, which utilizes Federal Way teachers who are Washington State certified to provide online instruction to students in grades K-12. iA provides traditional core and elective classes in a nontraditional manner through an online learning platform. iA’s courses are designed to meet Washington State goals through standards-based learning.
Online learning through the Internet Academy appeals to a wide variety of students. Students take courses in order to complete requirements for graduation, to access courses that may not be available at their resident school, to pursue special interests and talents while remaining on schedule for graduation, and to continue to participate in a home school setting. iA’s mission is to provide innovative and challenging academic experiences to students anywhere, anytime through the use of leading technology.
- Language Arts
- Occupational credit qualified
- Social Studies
- World Languages
- Advanced Placement
- Credit Recovery
iA offers course opportunities for all students either on a part-time or full-time basis. Core courses are written at grade level, with other courses meeting academic level, such as math and foreign language. Students who need a course out of semester offerings can take a semester 1 course during semester 2 or visa versa. Students who need to make up a credit should check IA’s credit retrieval offerings. Moving ahead at a faster pace is also available with iA’s continual enrollment schedule. Some courses may not be offered at a student’s resident school, but available at iA, such as Digital Photography or Chinese. iA has experience with all types of students and welcome enrollment to any student.
Student-Teacher Contact Requirements
Internet Academy courses run asynchronously, but do allow times for student’s to work with, get help, ask questions, weekly with their teachers. Students use teacher set up weekly virtual sessions or chat if needed.
Students work at their own pace setting up their own daily schedule to work towards successful completion of their learning plan contract as set up when the student enters the iA program.
Students use their learning plan contract to complete lessons and assignments. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend weekly virtual sessions to touch base with their teachers and discuss their progress and/or ask questions.
Students are required to make weekly academic contact with each of their teachers through a variety of means and are also required to make monthly academic progress towards successful completion of their learning plan and course.
All Internet Academy courses are delivered over the Internet; course assignments and correspondence are delivered using the iA campus online pages which is in the Angel Learning Platform. This platform provides instruction, assessment and feedback tools, an internal closed email system, and detailed information for parents and mentors about their student’s progress.
iA uses third party curriculum within some courses including Learning Odyssey (all K-6 courses) which require the student to “leave” from within the iA campus and go to the Odyssey website. Fuel Education (formerly Aventa Learning) (foreign languages, accounting), eDynamics (9-12 some electives), Carone Fitness (health and PE), and Middlebury (some world languages) all of which are accessed from within the iA campus.
ALE Support in DLD Catalog
As an OSPI-approved provider that participates in the DLD catalog, Federal Way Internet Academy has supplied information on how they support student contact, written student learning plans, and monthly evaluations.
Student Performance and Demographics
Data for school year: 2010-2011
Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:30
Course completion rate: 71%
Course pass rate: 71%
OSPI School Report Card (includes test scores, demographics, and more).
Student Satisfaction Survey
Data for school year: 2013-2014
Average Student Satisfaction:
4.2 (195 responses)
The only aspect of this course that was challenging was the initial registration. My student is an elementary student taking a middle school course and there did not seem to be an option to register her as such. Perhaps it is not the interface itself but the communication between classroom teacher (not online teacher) and parents...? but truly that was the only difficulty.
My teacher was very eager to help me learn which was fantastic!
I love IA it is a great school!