In an effort to help Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) students prepare for the transition from elementary school to high school, and because of specialization in instruction, middle school students will take their core classes and electives under the direction of subject-specific teachers. Middle school students are assigned an advisor who will serve as a homeroom teacher and help to coordinate among the teaching staff. Much of the graded work comes directly from content in the Online School as well as essential content from the Pennsylvania state standards applicable to the student's current grade level. Academic grades (A–F) will be given each quarter, and the final grade will be a cumulative grade based on the school year.
Teachers provide asynchronous and synchronous support. Teachers offer synchronous sessions for those students needing direct instruction in a structured environment. Additionally, for those students who work ahead in a more independent environment, teachers evaluate and monitor progress and mastery of content, and offer synchronous sessions for enrichment. Formal parent–teacher conferences are offered quarterly and parents are welcome to contact their teacher in order to set up a parent-teacher conference at additional times as needed. Students in Grades 6–8 will study English/language arts, mathematics, history/social studies, science, art, music, PE, and health.
Middle school students will be expected to pass three out of the four courses below in order to be considered for promotion to the next grade level.
- English/Language Arts
Promotion decisions will be made with input from the teacher, principal, and parent to ensure that the best decisions are being made for every student. In some cases a subject will be repeated. In others, students will be encouraged to complete a credit-recovery course of study during the summer. When possible students may complete that summer course work ISPA; however, in some cases, summer work at programs in the student's home district may need to be utilized and may be at the expense of the parent.
- 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 5 weeks prior to the quarter's end.
- Students must pass three out of four core courses with a score of 60 percent or higher to be promoted to the next grade level
A = 90%–100%
B = 80%–89%
C = 70%–79%
D = 60%–69%
F = Below 60%
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.