The teachers here have encouraged my daughter like no other school. They respond to her questions via email, text, calls, or online 1:1 with audio/visual. No slipping through the cracks! If you ever have a teacher that doesn't get back in the specified time period, let the principal know & he'll sort it out fast. Consistent, thorough communication from principal. I get more information and hear more often from our principal than at other schools she's attended. You can't beat the flexibility of online school. But, you have to have a student who does the work. Work load is very grade appropriate and flexible for any type of learner.
My daughter will graduate from eAchieve this June, so we have been visiting colleges all summer. We are finding the counselor and teachers here have really prepared her for her college search. They have given us advice on what colleges are looking for from seniors applying and every college has confirmed what we have been told. A friend attending the local HS does not have this same insight. Online school is not an easy ride, but for a student who is determined to overcome medical or other issues, this school has made my daughter a success story. Teachers have ALWAYS been responsive to all questions, through email, phone calls or in classroom. ALL of my daughters teachers from Algebra 2 to Digital imaging have given her opportunity to succeed. I was not seeing this at her local HS, teachers were too overstretched with the latest cutbacks. If your child wants to succeed, this school WILL help them do that. No more excuses.
This school is by far the worst school I have ever sent my kid to. The teachers don't respond, you have to wait up to 2 days to hear back. They are rude and you are expected to know everything tought. Home work is ridiculous, my kid is in 8th grade doing trigonometry, whats that?! Its college level! My daughter got straight F's here and almost had to redo 8th grade due to to many assignments and not enough time. Dont send your kid there unless they are 2 years advanced minimum. She also now has social phobia and is too scared to go anywhere or even hang out wit friends. TERRIBLE SCHOOL!
This school is the best thing that happened to my son. He is very advanced in math and wasn't being challenged enough in his regular school. He learned nothing new in math in 6th grade last year, and for some technical bureaucratic reason they wouldn't put him in advanced math classes. So we switched to eAchieve for 7th grade this year, and after testing him, they enrolled him in high school Algebra II and Geometry and he's getting straight A s! The teachers are excellent and my husband and I don't have to help him at all. He's doing so well that the counselors have decided he can skip 8th grade next year and go straight to 9th grade, starting courses like Physics and Biology. If your child needs to work at their own pace, whether that pace is slower or more advanced than their classmates, this is the place for them. Very flexible too in submitting assignments, so you can work around vacations, family travel, illness, etc. Regular meetings and trips ensure social interaction between students. The school keeps us updated with all his grades and activities on a regular basis. Excellent staff. We're very happy with this school.
Best school ever! Never went to a better school! So flexible! Great! Best high school in USA!
This school is not for everyone, however many students THRIVE here. Our daughter is a junior, and struggled the first semester because she let herself get behind, but she caught up over Christmas break with a lot of hard work, and decided to stay on pace this semester. Teachers have been extraordinary! It is like any other school, high school has a lot of homework, same as her district school. We see that this prepares her for the discipline of college or the job force. Her teachers have been able to offer additional help through emails, phone calls and many offer additional help sessions. We did not have this at her home school, teachers were not available very often. The school administration works very hard to keep parents involved through a parent advisory council, events and updates. You will get out of eAchieve Academy what you put in, and for many students who get lost at their district school, this school has a place for them. Nothing worth having is easy.
I had high expectations for this school. It is so unorganized . They don't care about their students. You can't skip a day because you will be extremely behind. They have unrealistic expectations of their students and give too much homework. The teachers are unprofessional. They have typo's and don't always respond to their students. If you don't want your child to be stressed out then I highly recommend that you choose a different school. You will regret it.
L:ove It! Our daughters left a suburban traditional public school and began E-Achieve Academy this school year (2012-13). We just finished our first semester. Awesome! We found the teachers to be very helpful & above average compared to other schools. The curriculum is above the standard requirements and challenging. We love the pace charts which allows parents to know exactly what the students are learning and what assignments have to be completed. We stepped out on faith and we do not regret our decision. As with any program, it is not meant for everyone & virtual school is not for every child; but it definitely fits our life, our personality, and our children love it - no more waiting on bus stops, no more school lunch, more freedom to be involved in community activities, and more family time.
Materials: Fair each class is different. Math is terrible, the teachers just sort of wing it with no reference materials. Blackboard Software - Silly, confusing, dissorganized, hard to follow, no real plan. Grade/progress tracking - None, they can't figure out the grade so far concept, what they use doesn't work. Challenge: Average Teachers: Fine about as expected, some don't do anything, some are great. Parent Involvement: If you think you can just let the teachers do it, forget about it, you only hear from them for 1 hour per week and then by email when they can't access your assignments (because of nasty classroom software). Overall: It is fine, but don't expect much more than good enough
My daughter just finished her first semester as a junior at eAchieve. She had health issues that made her sophomore year at her Public HS EXTREMELY difficult. This online school has given her a chance to get back on track and there is now a real hope again she will go to college as she always planned. It was questionable this time last year. I will say it will not be as successful for the student unless they stay on pace (as everyone said in the beginning). I occasionally listen in on live sessions, and I find teachers to be very patient and very available for questions. All have answered questions in class, responded to phone calls and emails. Many provide extra help sessions during the week. My daughter has had the most success when she makes it a point to attend the live session. It allows students to interact and answer questions, it also allows the teacher to get to know this virtual student. We found the math teachers very helpful and more than willing to give extra explaination. Being a virtual school there are disciplines that students need to develop to be successful, but these are the same things I know she will need when she goes to college.
eAchieve is the school of the future. No more wasted time traveling on a school bus. Gone are the trips back to school for the forgotten homework assignment or textbook. No more social drama, yucky school lunches or playground bullying. Did I mention the teaching staff is excellent! My daughter had a math question, emailed her teacher and it was taken care of the same day. This was on Sunday afternoon! You know your childs schedule in every class and what is expected of them. No more assignment notebooks. They can work ahead! Excellent programs. Strong school leadership. If you have a problem or your child has a problem someone will bend over backwards to help you out. Wish I would have found out about this school earlier!
Terrible teachers are bad don't explain anything Especially in math. Didn't explain much Did not like it at all.
I graduated from iQ Academies - Waukesha 4 years ago in spring. At the time, iQ was my only "option" as I had trouble fitting into the regular school system following a prolonged illness. I graduated as one of the first generation of teenagers schooled online. As a senior in college (in the business program now), I'd consider iQ an excellent means of education and it has prepared me for undergraduate level curriculum well. iQ offers a challenging curriculum for those wishing for difficult material and helps students having 'trouble' in other aspects. I personally was in pre-calculus as a senior - however found it a bit difficult. There are definitely drawbacks ot iQ (I'd say the math and science programs are a bit more to teach without person-to-person sessions). When I attended, most classes required either extensive reading with upper-level multiple choice exams (honestly exactly the type of exams you'll see in college) or had extensive writing. I am attending a UW-Satellite campus and have over a 3.5 as a senior - and should be graduating with my bachelors of business in 3 semester. I totally owe my success to iQ's program - I honestly wouldn't be here if it wasn't for IQ!
My children had a bad experience with this school. They had excellent grades until they went to this school. It may work for some children, but it was way too impersonal for my family. Think twice.
In theory, a virtual public school like iQ offers parents & students an inexpensive way to enjoy the benefits of homeschooling without having to provide a full curriculum & related materials themselves. In practice, iQ's use of Blackboard & reliance on it is a serious impediment. At best BB is a dull, repetitive set of quizzes. Difficult & inefficient to use, it suffers from outages. The live classroom software is so hard to navigate, even some teachers don't understand it all. They don't set up their classes in a uniform way, making it even harder to find things. Much of the course material could be offered by other means so students are not so dependent on BB, but that is not the current situation. If a teacher does a poor job with the live sessions & starts them late, they can be a large, frustrating waste of time.
I absolutely love this school! They take education to the next level, its much better than a public school! The teachers are amazing, they are always there to answer your questions! I LOVE iQ and wouldn't go back to public school for anything!
This is an awesome option for families. We were struggling with school and IQ Academy is working out extremely well for us. It is reflective of real life in today's world. All work is done on the computer and e-mailed to the school. All work can be done at anytime of the day, school is open 24/7. Tech support is a phone call away M-F 8am-8pm. It teaches accountability and independence. All the paper that my son could not keep track of is gone. He has his books, his computer and teachers are all available by phone. He can attend on line group sessions and be involved with activities if he likes. It is like independent study. He was not a morning person, and high school starts at 7:30am, he had to be at the bus stop by 6:40am. So far we love IQ!
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