Is Online Learning Right for You?

As the parent of a Minnesota student who wants academic achievement and enrichment culminating in an accredited high school diploma, iQ Academy Minnesota may be the right choice for you. iQ Academy is ideal for:

  • Students looking for a high-quality alternative to their current school
  • Students seeking flexibility in their school schedule
  • Struggling students
  • Advanced learners
  • Military families
  • Athletes and performers
  • Children who are homebound
  • Previously homeschooled students seeking an academically rigorous, accredited education

iQ Academy online courses in language arts, math, science and social studies, world languages, and electives are taken online - anytime, anywhere a student has Internet access.

Online learning provides an engaging and effective means to comprehend and achieve mastery of course content and earn credits toward graduation. It also builds computer technology and higher-order thinking skills that are critical for success in today's digital age.

But online learning is not for everyone. Particularly for the middle and high school years, it requires the ability to work independently and the discipline to stay on track. While online learning lets students set their own schedule, they must still progress at a pace that enables them to meet assignment and test deadlines and complete coursework within the semester.

In grades K-5, students have greater flexibility in terms of pace - if your child needs more time to grasp a concept, he or she can take it. Students in grades 6-12 have more pacing requirements. Students who have a high probability of success in online learning generally display the following characteristics:

  1. Student is self-motivated and exhibits maturity.
  2. Student possesses reading and writing skills at or above current grade level.
  3. Student is willing to ask the teacher for help.
  4. Student exhibits organizational and time management skills.
  5. Student is comfortable with using technology.
  6. Student expectations of online learning courses are realistic.

Please consider each of these characteristics. If your child does not meet most of them, online learning may not be best for his or her success. If some characteristics are not met, your child may still succeed but with difficulties.