2 yrs experience 9th - 11th grd 1) Some highly experienced teachers. They can only tell if kid is engaged if the kid is communicating with them via email, instant message, phone, etc. Will bend over backward if the communication is there but kid is struggling. Will not if they see no evidence of communication. 2) My kid is ADHD so the workload has been extremely tough on him. He works 7 days/wk. 1st year had to be on top of him, used software controls on his computer to prevent distraction. Getting better as he matures. 3) Insanely bad Learning Management System software. Seven concurrent subjects where the teachers trying to help the kids by giving them detailed weekly learning plans but style of each document plan are different and needs consolidating. 4) The learning material quality is very high indeed. I always know exactly what he is learning and know what he is weak in and what he is strong in. Problem is the number of subjects is limited. For example no AP classes in Studio Art. 5) Social interaction is taking a hit. No working in teams, discussion boards are not a good substitute for face to face. overall okay but need to supplement with outside social.
I trusted my child's education with this and am very disappointed. After juggling 8 classes, assignments overlapping, teachers constantly emailing and requesting assignments at the same time was crazy. Math teacher was very rude when reached out for help. If you are doing assignments for one class how can you read emails and attend live sessions at the same time. My child spent more than 10 hours a day on lessons and project. Now because of math cannot attend graduation ceremony. If a large number of students are failing math then there is a problem with the program and teacher. I wish we had continued with public school because this was a poor choice. Face to face contact is better. I hate I trusted this program with my child's education. A very frustrated parent.
Well my child is in TXVA, I will start by saying it's not for everyone!! The work is not simple! It may take you lots of time to get the hang of things and learn how to communicate and be successful! Communication is the key word!! Once you figure it out and learn the ropes it sure makes things a lot easier and well worth it in the end. I say that the 6 hours a day may be for some but I'm sure it's not for most!! I know my daughter may at times put 8,10,12 hours a day depending on what is needed for her to get things done and do well!! So you have to be welling to do what it takes to stay on track and parents have to stay involved and support them! It is a great opportunity for many that can manage the independence and work load. This is not an easy way out, you will put in many long hours of schools the same as regular school in most cases many more. I have to say the teachers are great and the program and school support has been a good! We are grateful for TXVA! Looking forward to the rest of high school with TXVA
The 5 star reviews for TXVA have got to be fake. This school was very difficult to keep up with and keep on task. It takes a tremendous amount of organization on the parent's part, especially for the high school years and a tremendous amount of time on the part of the student. Since it is a public school, it is still required to follow all of the regulations by the state of Texas for public school which includes the 6 hour mandatory attendance rules daily. In such it piles on busy work for the student to take up the full 6 hours and then some (as they expect "homework time" of an additional 2 hours on the student's part.) This is actually a flaw in this system because the 6 hours per day time at school includes time for lunch and breaks between class periods. For TXVA you are required to log the full 6 hours. Many of the subjects, especially Algebra and Chemistry are extremely difficult to convey over the material they present. It just isn't enough. They expect the child to read a few pages and then take a quiz on the subject they just read without giving them the ability to look back on the information. This is not a good teaching method.
My daughters, my nephews and my niece are enrolled in this school and have found it great. The teachers make it a point to call each student and work to meet each students individual needs. I have seen my girls grow and blossom even though it is virtual. They have enough interaction and are free if social pressures to study and grow.
We chose TXVA because my son was being excessively bullied, to the point of physical injury and the school did nothing. Since coming to TXVA my son has grown and learned so much.
We've had issues with study island not recording the work the kids do. After they have completed and attempting entering it 5 or more times, it's hard to talk them in to trying "just one more time". I don't feel like the customer service is all that great. Teachers don't respond to emails in a timely manner. When you want to take issues up a step, seems nobody wants to provide you with contact information to do so. I just want my kid to finish the year and be done. I do think that this is a great program for folks that have the time; we just don't. I would think that a parent communication page for parents to correspond and swap success stories, tips, etc. would be a great tool to have, as well. My kiddos have always excelled in TAKS, so that isn't an issue with us.
I love IQ! This is my son's 2nd year and my daughter's 1st year, and I have no complaints. They have all the tools they need to be successful, and it is a very flexible alternative to "regular" school, but without the huge responsibility of homeschooling. My kids both passed the TAKS tests with flying colors, so I know they're getting a quality education as well.
So far, it's been a month since I contacted the school, and my daughter is still not enrolled. Excuses ranged from, "we left you phone messages," (no missed calls or voice mails on my phone) to "our email must have ended up in your SPAM (nope, I checked). Now they are blaming the weather. I would not recommend IA Academy to anyone.
I was so excited to find IQ Academy when searching for an alternative educational option for my 12 year old. Unfortunately, after over a month of trying to get my child enrolled in their program, I have become so frustrated and concerned with the feedback I have gotten from them that I have decided to withdraw my daughter's application. They were not very accommodating or helpful and though they are friendly and pleasant when I call them, they don't seem to be organized or professional enough to deal with issues that are out of the ordinary. I would think that most students interested in an online school would have special circumstances so I am perplexed by their attitude.
My daughter just completed her first year with iQ Academy. In the beginning it was a little rough since it was their first year, but by October things were running very smoothly. The teachers are awesome and work very hard to make sure that the students have the tools they need for success. The office staff is always available to answer questions and point me in the right direction. My daughter was a little behind in math and they even set up a special course to help her get through the TAKS and she passed with flying colors. It's great to be able to work ahead and most importantly have my daughter at home away from all of the drama in the local school. We're looking forward to another good year!
I Q Academy Texas is a school that I would not send my child to again. I made this mistake. Once the communication about getting your child into school is over, it is totally over. There is no professionalism in the workers that are employed and they only look at getting thier funding from the state. Your childs education is not the most important concern. The pricipal is virtually non existent and very hard to get a hold of. You would think that the state of Texas would hold thier standards regarding our childs education a little higher than this school. I will never make this mistake again.
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