What grades are offered by the Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA)?
ISPA offers full-time enrollment for grades K–10 for the 2017–2018 school year. Grade 11–12 will be added in the following years to offer K–12 by the 2019–2020 school year.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts/English, math, science, and history are core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as art, health/PE, music, and world languages. High school students will also have access to some electives in the 2017–2018 school year, with more elective offerings added the following school year.
Does the ISPA provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the courses. These books and materials are sent to students directly and are dependent on the student's grade level and the courses they're enrolled in. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The elementary program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Middle school and high school students complete lessons in synchronous and asynchronous sessions and are expected to complete, quizzes, tests, and other assignments in a timely manner.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 15 to 30 percent of their school time on the computer in grades K–5, 50 to 70 percent in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's Individualized Education Program, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your student’s needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office at 855.667.4536, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Grade placement assessments, completed as part of the enrollment process, allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet your student's abilities.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local groups of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. The online family directory provides a way for families to network with families in their region of the state. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no other intrusions into your home.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in ISPA.