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Full-Class Implementation – How IVS Helps Schools Facing Teacher Shortages

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Illinois Virtual (IVS) exists to complement the needs and goals of Illinois’ public, private, and homeschool students. We recognize our shared responsibility across the state to commit to equity, ensure all students are college and career ready, and have access to effective educators. Beginning two years ago, we responded swiftly to the teacher shortage challenges many of our partners were experiencing by releasing our Full-Class Implementation Model. Over these past two years, IVS has supported more than 2,000 enrollments from 25 partner schools across our great State within this model.

As we begin the 2019-2020 academic year, we continue to support and complement our partners facing the teacher shortage challenges. IVS, which was established in 2001, is ISBE’s statewide virtual school. Near 95% of the IVS instructors hold master’s degrees, including the majority who are subsequently employed full time at a local public or private high schools across Illinois. IVS can work with any district or school that anticipates a staffing shortage in a particular subject area or course to offer a custom learning solution that meets your needs. To learn more about how IVS might help you navigate the challenges triggered by the teacher shortage, please visit the IVS Full-Class Implementation Model solution webpage.

Level Up With IVS!

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Your students are still leveling up with Mario but you can level up your students’ education experience with Illinois Virtual courses. Here is the latest curriculum news….

New courses:
ACT Prep
AP** Computer Science Principles (Semester 1 and 2*)
Biology – Honors (Semester 1 and 2*)
Civics – Credit Recovery
Civics – Honors
Geometry – Honors (Semester 1 and 2*)
SAT Prep

Updated courses:
Accounting (Semester 1 and 2*)
Algebra 1 (Semester 1 and 2*)
Anatomy & Physiology (Semester 1 and 2*)
Consumer Economics
Spanish 2 (Semester 1 and 2*)
All AP** courses have new review materials as well as Test Prep materials.

IVS has a full catalog to be explored including full service, credit recovery, core, honors, electives and Middle School. Visit the  IVS WEBSITE and COURSE CATALOG for more information.

Fall term start dates are:
August 15
August 22
September 5
October 1
November 5

Let IVS be the reliable and effective solution for your students. Click or call today!

*Semester 2 courses will start with the January 7 term.
**AP courses are offered the first three Fall terms.

Illinois Virtual School – Scholarship Opportunities

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Students, did you know that IVS has three scholarships available for you during the 2019-2020 school year? Due to the generous support of three of our partner organizations, these scholarships are readily available for you to use beginning with our Fall term start dates. Our next two term start dates begin on August 15 and August 22; to access our entire calendar, please visit here.

The scholarships available include:

  1. Agriscience
  2. American Art History
  3. German I, II, III, IV
  4. Introduction to Agriculture
  5. Veterinary Science

If you have thought about trying an online course and have an interest in exploring one of the course titles above, we encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity! Not only will you receive either a reduced or completely free tuition; your online learning also has other benefits:

  • As more colleges offer virtual learning, your experience taking an online course will help prepare you for the college environment. 
  • You will sharpen your soft skills. Taking an online course will challenge you to manage your time, problem-solve, communicate with your teacher using modern technology, and become a self-directed independent learner.
  • You will learn in a flexible environment putting you in control of your own learning.

To learn more, please visit our scholarship website page here.

Thank you to the following organizations for making these funds available and supporting the educational journey of our students:

 

Illinois Virtual School Mission:

“Illinois Virtual School complements educational communities by partnering to provide access to quality, innovative virtual learning experiences. With an emphasis on flexibility, personal support, and customized school solutions, we meet the unique needs of students and educators.”