Category Archives: Curriculum Options at IVS

How can IVS help support students in the “reading gap”? #IVSCan

IVS offers several courses to support Reading for all learners. We offer non-credit English/Language Arts Skill Building courses for grades 6, 7 & 8 for bridge and enrichment programs and a Full-Service Reading Skills and Strategies semester course for High School.  By supporting  and developing readers at every level we can continue to shrink the “reading gap” and improve outcomes for all learners.

Skill Building for Middle Grades

IVS Skills courses for middle school are designed to support all students in rising to the expectations established by Illinois state standards and the Common Core. With content developed specifically for the standards, this course for reading and writing in the English language has been designed to ensure that students have a solid foundation for success entering the next grade level.

Each course is organized into units and modules. Each unit offers a prescriptive pretest, a series of modules, and a summative posttest. Each four-part module provides a unique instructional approach to build knowledge, develop critical thinking and deepen understanding.  Students are first exposed to direct and engaging content which fosters active learning.  They then practice skills just learned through interactive applications.  The concepts are again introduced as a review before the posttest which demonstrates mastery of concepts.  Modules and units can be repeated until students achieve success at the skill.  This course is designed to be visually engaging and accessible to middle school students.

These courses are self-paced and managed by a certified IVS instructor.  Grades are reported as progress; no credit is associated with completion. Students should register for the previous grade level; if they are entering 7th grade, they would take the 6th grade course to ensure they have mastered all skills needed for 7th grade.  Advanced students who are working on accelerated coursework, would register for the level they just completed.  For example, advanced 7th graders who have previously completed an 8th grade level course would register for the 8th grade course, again to ensure mastery of concepts learned the previous year.

Reading Skills and Strategies Full-Service High School Offering

Reading Skills and Strategies is a course is designed to help the struggling reader develop mastery in the areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, study skills, and media literacy, which are the course’s primary content strands. Using these strands, the course guides the student through the skills necessary to be successful in the academic world and beyond. The reading comprehension strand focuses on introducing the student to the varied purposes of reading (e.g., for entertainment, for information, to complete a task, or to analyze). In the vocabulary strand, the student learns specific strategies for understanding and remembering new vocabulary. In the study skills strand, the student learns effective study and test-taking strategies. In the media literacy strand, the student learns to recognize and evaluate persuasive techniques, purposes, design choices, and effects of media. The course encourages personal enjoyment in reading with 10 interviews featuring the book choices and reading adventures of students and members of the community.

The content is based on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards and aligned to state standards.

Click here for the Reading Skills Course Overview

Click here to learn how students can register for classes.

IVS Now! 2015 Report to the Legislature is available.

This annual report report has been prepared to identify the online learning opportunities made available to students and educators in Illinois through IVS. Specifically, this report highlights:
• Online courses available through IVS
• Course enrollment and completion trend data
• School partnerships established through the state
• Professional development opportunities for educators

To download a copy click here.Annual Report 2015.prn

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Announcing New IVS Full-service and Credit Recovery Courses for Summer and Fall!

Illinois Virtual School (IVS) is once again expanding options to meet the needs of Illinois students. IVS has had a long history of providing innovative and effective supplemental services to schools and families across Illinois in order to help guarantee access to high quality education for all public, private and homeschool students. IVS is proud to announce the addition of Physical Science and two electives to the Credit Recovery catalog for summer enrollment as well as Computer Concepts & Software Applications and Orientation to Health Occupations to the Full Service catalog. Both new Full Service courses are foundational courses required under ISBE’s College and Career Readiness CTE area matrices.

IVS will also be adding a full year Beginning Computer Programming course with plans to add an Intermediate Programming course later in 2016. These catalog enhancements are in direct response to school, parent and student feedback. In addition, many school districts are now requiring computer coding or training in information technology for their students; IVS is happy to fill these gaps for partner schools.



Available Starting:

Physical Science-Sem 1 Credit Recovery Immediately
Physical Science-Sem 2 Credit Recovery Immediately
College and Career Prep 1 Credit Recovery May 20
College and Career Prep 2 Credit Recovery May 20
Computer Concepts & Software Applications Full-Service Aug 25
Orientation to Health Occupations Full-Service Aug 25
Beginning Computer Programming-Sem 1 Full-Service Aug 25
Beginning Computer Programming-Sem 2 Full-Service Jan 7
Intermediate Computer Programming Full-Service TBD

In the past year IVS Credit Recovery has proven to be a very popular option, helping students stay on track towards graduation through teacher managed, self-paced prescriptive content. The IVS Credit Recovery program is now at fourteen courses including: American Literature, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, British Literature, College and Career Prep 1, College and Career Prep 2, English 1, English 2, Geometry, US History and World History. The new Physical Science Credit Recovery course is available for immediate enrollment, College and Career Prep starting May 18. Credit Recovery remains at $70 per 10 week enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.

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For a complete list of IVS start dates visit the IVS website.

To explore our Full-service and Credit Recovery courses visit the IVS interactive course catalog.