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 can learn about applying for enrollment in Federal Way Internet Academy at www.iacademy.org.
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.
The DLD currently features iA’s core classes in English, history, mathematics, and science and several elective courses. CTE courses which help students meet occupational skills requirements in Washington State include: Business Law 1 & 2, Web Design 1 & 2, Digital Communication Tools, Careers in Motion, Visual Communication Marketing, Personal Finance 1 & 2, Accounting and Technical Writing, all taught by a CTE credentialed teacher. Foreign languages (Spanish, German, French, and Chinese) are also offered.
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.
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 a weekly virtual session to touch base with their teachers and discuss their progress 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.
Internet Academy (iA) courses, created by Federal Way School District teachers within their area of expertise, align with Washington State curriculum standards or national standards as outlined by the academic organization for the discipline. For example our Personal Finance courses were developed using the National Standard by the JumpStart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. iA also offers a series of OSPI approved Career and Technical Education courses taught by CTE certificated teachers. These CTE classes are built to meet both the current OSPI approved CTE curriculum frameworks and the Occupational Skills graduation requirements in Washington. Internet Academy uses Learning Odyssey curriculum for its math and world history courses. Odyssey curriculum is aligned with Washington State standards as well as national standards. Carone Fitness is the curriculum used for our health and PE courses, all of which are aligned to state standards.
The Northwest Accreditation Commission accredits Federal Way Internet Academy. Core courses are also approved and accredited by NCAA. All core classes are approved through the NCAA Clearing House.
Internet Academy teachers are all Federal Way Education Association members and hold valid Washington State teaching certificates. All iA teachers are assigned courses within the teacher’s endorsed areas. In addition, Internet Academy teachers all meet the definition of “high qualified” as required by the NCLB Act.
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, K-12 math, world history, music appreciation, economics) 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), and Carone Fitness (health and PE) 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 Reportcard (includes test scores, demographics, and more).
Student Satisfaction Survey
Data for school year: 2013-2014
Average Student Satisfaction:
4.2 (195 responses)
some classes were very easy to navigate. It was more challenging in my Math and World History classes where I needed to go to another off site webpage (Odyssey) to do the work.
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 child has attended the Internet Academy since the third grade. His teacher, [------], is an excellent teacher. He is tough, but has a lot of curriculum to teach him in the 6th grade. We really like that he takes the time to offer several online class times during the week. This means that he is working with students on whatever subject they need help with. This is important to us, as my sons current math work is beyond me. Mr.[-----] is always available, by email and phone, and not only checks all of my son's written work, but takes the time to respond and give feedback on all of it. He has really built my son's confidence up, which helps him to try new work on his own, especially in math. I recommend the Internet Academy because I feel that the education they are receiving there, is far more advanced then what they receive in the traditional classroom setting. Our first year found us sitting by the computer with a dictionary to understand what was going on. But, after his vocabulary was up to speed, he really took off on his own. He has learned to schedule his time, and worked late a few times, to meet deadlines. When my son was in a traditional classroom setting, the teachers used him as a peer teacher. He was teaching reading daily to other students. I was upset because I felt that he was being held back from getting his own education. I am so glad that I found the Internet Academy for my son. He is able to learn at his own pace and I feel that he achieves more at IA than he would have in a traditional classroom.