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9-12
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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 3,200

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2601 South 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98409

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(877) 900-5602
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January 13, 2014
I transferred to this school in my sophomore year (about 4 months ago) and couldn't be happier. I was a Pre IB/honors student at traditional high school and haven't had any problems with the program. I had several reasons for switching to a online school but this really has been working for me. All of my teachers have a weekly class that I can attend, and they all have at least one other class a wekk available for students that need help. All of them have also been great about phone calls, emails, etc. I've never had to wait more than a hour or so to get a email back and I have always had my calls answered. Several times teachers have contacted me to offer their help, even if I wasn't particularly struggling, they just wanted to make sure I was aware help was available should I need it and that they wanted to check and make sure I was doing ok. Overall the school has been great, and the staff have given my everything I need to succeed. With 100% be returning next year!

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2013
My school is amazing. It truly has been the best fit for me and many other students. The teachers are all very nice and answering question as soon as they can. Although I am not in a true classroom or have met and of the students in person, I feel connected to them in the classroom. They, like the teachers, are very nice and helpful. I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have to participate in such an amazing organization. It makes learning at home entertaining and not so much a chore. No bullying goes on in the school system. which is nice compared to public school when I have experienced it from a point of view from my friends getting bullied. It is so wonderful to be at a school were you don't have to worry about anything like that and you can focus on your studies. Saying that, my grades have raised, not very much but that was because they were already high (A's) and now they are a high "A". I am going to stay at insight until I graduate. I will always cherish this school!

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2013
A Student I transferred out of ISWA after the 2011/2012 school year, after attending for 3 years. The first two years were fabulous. ISWA was on the Angel Learning program. I had tons of course options, the homepage was very user friendly, the teachers worked with me, and I enjoyed how the courses were set up. For the 2011/2012 school year, ISWA was sold to K12 and was put on their curriculum. The teachers stayed, but the quality of courses decreased, in my opinion. It seems like there were more tech problems, less connection amongst the students, and I didn't like the new tutoring sessions as much. It has been a year since I transferred. On the previous program, I would have recommended ISWA in a heartbeat. Now, I don't think so. I'm glad I transferred. Note: This has been my only personal contact with K12. I have no opinion regarding the quality of their other offerings. This is only my opinion regarding ISWA on the K12 program. I do not mean to speak badly of K12 or of ISWA as wholes.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2013
Here are the REAL problems with Insight: 1) It's owned by a corporation that is after profits first, people second and 2) The teachers are sub-par, already retired, and don't care because they really don't have to; seriously! What to I mean by #2? Insight is a business. The senior rank the teacher the more money they get from the State of Washington/ the state's salary schedule. Google search "washington state salary schedule" and this is what a normal school district pays their teachers. Insight collects this money depending upon teacher rank and pays their teachers through cheaper contracts. Insight might pay that retired teacher or veteran, 16+year with a Masters Degree+ 90 credits $30,000 a year while they keep the other $30,000+ for corporate. If you're a young teacher, you're out of luck because you would lose money for the company regardless of your teaching ability. Young teachers = low salary draw from the state salary scale = low profit margin for Insight. Lots of retired teachers teach at this school who are collecting their pension while doing this part-time/full time from their condos in Florida and Arizona.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
The quality of education has dropped over the course of my attendance. Half of my teachers no longer offer formal lectures on the week's content. Instead, providing short recordings on how to complete assignments, or office hours where can ask for help. Students are learning the answers for for the assignment rather the concepts. When lectures are provided, the length is now 30 minutes compared to 1 hour before. Practice quizzes and questions asked are no longer part of the lectures. Since my first year of attendance, Insight has stopped having events every month in the Seattle metropolitan area. Insight only had a few student events last year, and none this year. As a result, students no longer have as many opportunities to meet their faculty and fellow students in person. During my first year of attendance, Insight offered a weekly video show which aired online highlighting other student's achievements, and personal interests. This helped to keep me engaged, and feel like a part of the school .Insight also used to have promotions where students could win prizes. The quality of the program has deteriorated , primarily due to the transfer of ownership to K12 two years ago.

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2011
My daughter attended a "traditonal" school prior to Insight. At the time of her enrollment with Insight she was told that all of her courses would be accepted. Unfortunately, we were later told that one of the courses she took would not be accepted because of the time of year she took it. So, she was forced to take two courses in place of the one course they would not accept. The two courses combined were not as advanced as the one course she had taken. My daughter took AC courses (advanced curriculum), and the two courses she took at Insight were barely 100 level. The teachers at Insight are not ever available and do not provide any feedback as to what is expected of the students. Most of the teachers are from another state, and their job at Insight is a second one. It was not uncommon for a teacher to take a week to two weeks to respond to questions; even if it was pertaining to assignments that would be due prior to them answering. There are so many options available to students who are motivated and seek a less traditional method to completing their h.s. diploma. Most of the community colleges have free programs which guarantee their course(s) transfer to a university.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
I personally have a problem w/ procrastinating. I love to be able to stay at home and do school since the high school enviornment is just not good for me. I am currently piled up with late assignments and im about to freak out. If you enroll in this school be prepared to have 1-2 assignments per class a day. Sounds fine right. Until you miss a day and have four late assignments to do from each class. If you get behind its really hard to catch up. SO REALLY THINK HARD BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS SCHOOL. And i would suggest to NOT take the running class.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2011
Insight is a grand concept, but the overall product is a scam. The teachers are sub-par, curriculum mostly busy-work, and the credits DO NOT TRANSFER. The technology is faulty and the staff is overworked. It often took weeks to hear a response from the main office. And the degree is looked at by colleges as at level with a GED. It is a great choice if you need to get school out of the way without effort or learning, but the worst choice if you want to actually learn something...

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2010
I think that this school deserves a 5 star score because I am currently attending it and I really love the way my teachers attend to my needs and wants. :)

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2010
This school was an excellent choice for my son. My son has always had a hard time concentraiting in school and for that matter didn't like it. He and I looked into Insight at the end of summer last year and were able to sign him right up without any issues. I have to say that we have had more personal contact by home phone, cell phone and email then we ever had at the public schools he went to before. We had an IMentor call on a weekly basis to give him encouragement and to just check in with him and give him that extra push if needed. The teachers were always available by phone or email if he had a question or if he was behind, they would contact him. We are both pleased with Insight and would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Insight is an amazing opportunity for me. I started when it first started and it has worked great since. I am graduating from Insight this year and I am stoked. I used to get D's and F's while now I get A's and B's and sometimes the occasional C. It isn't for everyone, but if you are motivated and you know you can do it. Then enroll at Insight! The only drawback is you don't have much face-to-face contact as you do with brick and mortar high school. Enroll today!

- submitted by a student
no rating February 05, 2010
It is my first year with insight. As soon as you got use to the program, it is actually better than the regular school. The staff members are always tries to motivate students and they always try their best to get in touch with them. OUR PRINCIPLE ROCKS!

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2010
Some things you need to know before you sign up for Insight school of Washington 1. you have to be self motavated 2. self dicaplind 3. orgonized 4. know how to figure out problems on your own. 5. it has more of a work load than a regular high school so it is not an easy way out. 6. it's not for every body

- submitted by a student
no rating January 27, 2010
Hello. I am in my second year with insight. You get one unit a week for each class. Remember this is Highschool it has a higher work load. Your daugheter/son was probubly enrolled in too hard of a class. I love insight and I will be graduating on time. It is vary flexable, In an erlier post of another student she said the work load was the same. I do not agree because we get more of a work load because of our flexability. I do agree that it is not an easy way out. If you do not do your school work they will cut you.

- submitted by a student
December 22, 2009
Don't enroll in Insight. The workload is so heavy my 15 year old daughter spends 10-12 hours a day, 5-6 days a week and holidays trying to get caught up. There are 20-25 assignments given every week and the instructors are very out of touch as to how much time it actually takes to do them. There is a Time Spent Online' device that keeps track as to how many hours the student spends doing schoolwork. But it underestimates time spent doing school work by about 40% and so the teachers think that the student's workload isn't too bad . My daughter use to get A's and B's but with Insight get's D's and F's. If you want to homeschool, choose a different program.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2009
I am very excited about Insight on-line school. I have met twice now with insight group. I feel that when my daughter starts & needs help, with all the resources they have, & they might be able to get back to them asap as promised, the Parents should be just as involved & contact them, The same exact thing happens at public schools, trust me been there done that. Now we don't have to worry about not enought time to show your student one on one on a lesson. Thank you INSIGHT!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2009
I have been going to Insight for the last two years and its amazing the teachers are great and the Imentors are helpful. I love it because its flexible and you can do your schooling on your own time. I am also able to graduate a year early and I plan on doing that. I am able to spend time with my family and get good grades in school. Your success is totally based on you. Insight isn't for people looking for an easy way out its just as hard as a regular highschool. I chose to come to Insight because the schools in my area were never realy great. I went from being a D student in middle school to a Straight A student. I love Insight and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be in charge of their own schooling. :)

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July 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
Thank God for this wonderful online school! My daughter struggled in regular school and has been very successful now that she is doing it online.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2009
i have gone to insight school of washington for this school year and im soo not happy. I was a 4.0 student and when i started going here i only have ds and fs. I stuggle in math and its like when i ask for help nobody ever gets back to me. For the last 3 months i havent gone back to the class room. They havent called my parents of contacted me its like they really dont care.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2009
I have been attending insight for almost one school year. Like other students and parents have said, this is not something for everyone. Before insight I was a A and B student. Now I work like crazy to just get a D. I feel the course books are the worst textbooks I have ever used. They give you very basic instructions. Leaving out the detailed instructions on how to get from point A to point C. In my local public school, all subjects had texbooks that were very detailed and instructive. While the online ebooks insight uses are not. When you get to quizzes there are some really tough questions that you need to answer. The ebooks vaguely describe some basic geometrical equations and therefore are useless on most of the questions in quizzes. I am quite usatisfied this semester and will be switching back to a local high school.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2009
This is my second year attending Insight School of Washington. I am very disatisfied with this school this last semester and this semester. The teacher, imentor, and couselor have not called at all. My grades have been low compared to last year. They never tell you anything. There is very poor comunication. My first year I was very impressed I thought this school was the best and so far everything has gone to crap and I can not wait unitl the end of this semester. I am deffinatly will not be attending Insight School Of Washington next year.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2009
I have attended this school for six months and I am less than happy with how things are going. I like that I can do my assignments on my own time, but my counselor/mentor/teachers have never even sent me an email or given me a call about how I'm doing. The way the orientation went, I was under the impression that teacher worked WITH the students, but that has not been the case. Insight is definitely not the right choice for anyone who needs help on a subject, as the tutoring Insight offers is terrible and the teachers don't reply to emails asking questions or for help.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2008
We are new to insight this year, but so far I think it is great. My daughter was homeschooled for the last 7 years. Her instructors have been wonderful in helping her with the transition as well as fellow students who have been doing this for awhile.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
This school gives flexibility to so many students. It's easy to use andjust keeps improving. This year the improvements have been amazing, the ANGEL program insight has started to use is amazing. The teachers are great. They know their stuff and they keep in touch with their pupils and ther guardians. The school cares more than any school I have ever been to, something you wouldn't exactly expect from something done over the computer.

- submitted by a student
August 06, 2008
Insight School of Washington is a sign of the times. My son was receiving D & F grade in our local high school; with Insight, he began receiving A's. The teachers care about the students and are always available to answer questions or help out; that is something that wasn't available in our other high school. Insight is well worth looking into.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
This school allows you to study on your own time. As a student, it helped me because I needed more than my schools allowed two weeks off per semester, I got to work ahead and when I got back. I took chemistry and found it difficult because there is not a teacher there to help you everyday. Helps you prepare yourself for the real world by managing you lessons by yourself. It is awsome, but not for everyone.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 17, 2008
My daughter and I are considering this school. We are waiting for the Meeting being held and a local Red Lion in Vancouver. We have been contacted twice by the school to answer questions I may have. Very friendly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 29, 2008
A great school, a great experience for both students and parents. Hands down the best thing to happen in education in a long time.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
I just joined Insight and it has been the best thing to happen to me. My health is bad so regular school is tough for me but I can work around that with this school. As well, they have student forums and clubs, as well as a graduation and prom, I really won't miss out on anything! I also work two jobs and take classes at a local community college so this school has allowed me to take on a load I wouldn't have normally been able to. I recommend you check it out!

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
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Insight School of Washington
2601 South 35th Street, Tacoma, WA  98409
(877) 900-5602
Last modified Insight School of Washington is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Insight School of Washington Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top