Pennsylvania-certified and highly skilled teachers provide differentiated, subject-specific instruction to all Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) high school students. Teachers also provide asynchronous and synchronous support. Teachers offer synchronous sessions for those students needing direct instruction in a structured environment. Additionally, for those students who want to work ahead in a more independent environment, teachers evaluate and monitor progress and mastery of content and offer synchronous sessions for enrichment. Teachers post announcements and indicate the lessons, activities, and assessments to be completed each week on the course calendar.
- Computer-graded and teacher-graded assignments including:
- Online or paper-based practice sets
- Threaded discussions
- Assessment grades
- Quarterly progress reports including narrative comments for each subject area
- Quarterly grades resulting in a cumulative final grade:
- End of quarter report cards will only be provided for students enrolled five weeks prior to the quarter's end.
A = 90%–100%
B = 80%–89%
C = 70%–79%
D = 60%–69%
F = Below 60%
Transfers and Grading
Grades from courses taken at ISPA will be included in the calculation of a student’s GPA. If prior school records are received, courses, grades, and credits from previous schools may be included in the ISPA transcript indicating that the student earned these credits at a previous school.
Pennsylvania law does not allow ISPA to require a transcript prior to enrollment. However, you are strongly encouraged to provide a transcript to ISPA as early as possible so that ISPA can review previously completed courses and craft the most appropriate course schedule. If you do not provide a transcript/report card at the time of enrollment, the ISPA team will use the information you share to place your student in courses. You will be asked to sign a waiver when course placement occurs without a prior report card or transcript. If a student is placed in courses without a prior report card or transcript, courses may need to be adjusted once that information is obtained.
High school students enrolling in ISPA late in the semester should be advised that ISPA will only grant full course credit for the semester if a Semester 1 report card/transcript from a prior school is provided. If available, Semester 1 grades earned at prior school will be averaged with Semester 2 grades earned at ISPA to determine the final year-long grade and amount of credit received.
- Students enrolling in ISPA with less than 12 weeks left in the academic quarter should be advised that they may not receive credit for the semester if in-progress grades from prior school are not provided.
- If a course is taken for grade improvement, both grades will be used to calculate the GPA but only one (1) credit will be awarded.
Alternate credits for original courses are reported on the official transcript but the grades are not calculated into the GPA.
ISPA uses online curriculum and education services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an internet connection can be found. However, enrolled students must be full-time residents of Pennsylvania and all learning time spent out of the state must be reported to both the attendance office and the principal. Attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online. Many lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.