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.
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 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.
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%
Student Satisfaction Survey
Data for school year: 2013-2014
Average Student Satisfaction:
4.2 (195 responses)
I love IA it is a great school!
I love the way I can use Internet Academy and The running start program to get all of my credits to graduate early. Had it not been For the Internet Academy, I would not be on the track that I am on.
The site in it of itself was easy to navigate, but staying on track was extremely difficult.