How Does the School Work?
Families choose from one of two primary learning paths:
1. Classroom Learning
Students enrolled in classroom learning benefit from group instruction facilitated by an experienced licensed teacher and an assistant. Group assignments encourage collaboration and build a sense of community and lessons are tailored to each student's grade and ability level. Since class time is limited, lessons are condensed. Therefore, if enrolled as a classroom learner, students are expected to attend each class. Families are responsible for supplementing learning at home through resources provided by iAcademy and/or from their own materials.
The following is a sample schedule noting the times classroom learners attend. This is subject to change prior to the 2020/2021 school year to fit the needs of iAcademy families and growing enrollment.
Kindergarten: Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1st Grade: Monday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2nd Grade: Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
3rd Grade: Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
4th Grade: Monday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5th Grade: Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
2. Online Learning
Students enrolled in online learning benefit from a customized digital learning plan completed at home on a computer. The program assesses each student's level within each subject and guides them through engaging lessons accordingly. iAcademy teachers check in regularly to answer questions and offer guidance as needed. Online learners are encouraged to take advantage of school enrichment opportunities such as weekly Spanish and Art classes as well as field trips.
iAcademy Elementary follows the NC State Curriculum for Reading, Mathematics, and Science. Concepts are introduced in class and families are expected to review and practice these concepts at home using material provided by iAcademy and any other material a family finds helpful. Our school's unique schedule, offering more time at home for students, also allows families to supplement core subjects with additional subject matter such as Social Studies and extracurricular activities as desired. Enrichment opportunities on campus include optional weekly Spanish and Art Appreciation classes along with monthly Enrichment Days that have included a theater workshop, walking tour of local government, field trip to the planetarium and more.
All testing for home school students required by the state is satisfied through iAcademy Elementary. All NC home school students msut complete standard testing requirements, whether they are registered at iAcademy Elementary or not. An advantage to enrolling in iAcademy Elementary is students will automatically have these requirements satisfied by the standardized testing provided by school staff. There is no fee for this testing as it is integrated into the program.
iAcademy Elementary began in 2018 as a partnership between a community of parents and Iredell-Statesville Schools for the purpose of providing local children with the innate benefits of learning at home and the myriad of resources available through traditional schooling. Our school is the first no-cost public school offering a homeschool hybrid program in the state of North Carolina. In its second year of operation, iAcademy elementary doubled in students, staff, and classrooms. It is setting a new precedent in education with a host of other districts requesting information and the chance to observe.
Enrollment for iAcademy Elementary is typically open as space allows. Students must meet and maintain academic and behavioral standards outlined in the school handbook to enroll and remain in this choice program. Enrollment is offered at no cost to Iredell County residents. Out-of-county residents are eligible to enroll as well, though there may be a fee associated with enrollment established on a case by case basis.
Each Spring, iAcademy Elementary hosts a series of Information Sessions providing prospective parents and students the opportunity to learn what our school is all about and ask questions. Upcoming Info Session dates will be posted on our Facebook page as they become available.
If you are interested in finding out more about iAcademy Elementary, please email Lead Teacher, Mrs. Devereaux at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to enroll your student(s) Mrs. Deveraux will assess availability, schedule a tour/meeting, and if appropriate, initiate the process of enrollment paperwork. We look forward to hearing from you!