Courses and Instruction FAQs
Does online learning in an independent study format work well?
Yes. For many students, online independent learning is an excellent way to develop personal strengths. After all, not every student feels comfortable raising their hand in a traditional classroom setting, or asking a question without fearing embarrassment. Every student deserves the chance to share their thoughts and get helpful feedback from teachers and advisors. Insight offers an environment where this can happen at each students pace, when they can focus best.
What roles do instructors play?
Teachers at Insight School of Oklahoma, all of whom are Oklahoma-certified, play a central role. We combine state-of-the-art online teaching techniques with experienced state-certified teachers to create an environment where students feel engaged, empowered, and challenged. Our teachers know how to connect and inspire, and they’re dedicated to helping each student succeed. They’re able to spend their time focusing on teaching, mentoring, and engaging with students—rather than on time-consuming classroom management—so they can build one-on-one relationships with each student to understand and respond to their individual strengths and needs.
Insight School of Oklahoma teachers also answer day-to-day questions and assess student performance through assignments, exams, and quizzes.
Do your courses require textbooks?
Some courses do require textbooks, but most textbooks are electronic. Insight School of Oklahoma provides required books to all students.
How do you teach lab courses like biology or chemistry?
The content component and structure of our biology and chemistry courses are the same as for our other courses. We make use of the latest technologies to enable students to participate in virtual labs and dissections.
How do you satisfy the physical fitness requirement?
Being successful at Insight involves staying active both inside and outside the classroom. We have a set of courses that teach and emphasize individual physical fitness and nutrition. These courses require students to perform fitness activities and measure and report on their individual fitness as they complete individual physical fitness exercises.
Are there assignments and due dates?
Like a traditional full-time public school, Insight School of Oklahoma encourages students to develop responsibility for academic progress. That means there are assignments, due dates, and deadlines. While some of what we do is more flexible in terms of the times and the places students do their work, we also make sure that parents and teachers are involved to help students progress through coursework in a timely manner.
How do you prevent students from cheating?
Insight School of Oklahoma takes academic integrity very seriously, and we have a number of methods to prevent plagiarism and inappropriate collaboration. We use several online tools designed specifically to identify plagiarism. Our online quizzes and exams require special passwords. Our online quiz technology can detect when a student is copying from another student.
A more subjective, but no less effective, tool for identifying cheating is the teacher's knowledge of the student's ability, past work, and verbal "print." Keeping in mind that much of the relationship with the student is built via written word, a student's "word print" is as unique and identifiable in an online classroom as a student's face is in a face-to-face classroom.
Although no school—online or otherwise—can guarantee 100% academic honesty, we've taken robust and reasonable measures to monitor student activities and to identify cheating when it happens. Instances of academic dishonesty are dealt with immediately and in accordance with school policy. Prior to enrolling, students and their parents are required to read, agree with, and sign an academic honesty policy.
How do parents stay involved?
We know that parental interest and involvement can play a key role in student success; although for some students parent involvement may not be possible. We strongly encourage parents to support their student in their studies, keep informed of their progress, and encourage them to stay on top of their work. Parents are provided access to up-to-date information about their student's progress throughout the year via regular communication from the teacher and school.
We also recognize that as students enter their high school years, they often seek to become more independent. Our high school program is designed to support exploration of that independence, while still providing necessary guidance, support and expertise for both parents and students through our Family Support Team.
How will I receive progress reports and get information?
Parents are provided access to our learning management system and can enter the online system at any point with a username and password. Grades are updated weekly. Also, Insight School of Oklahoma teachers are always available to consult with parents by e-mail or telephone. And, of course, parents always have access to their student's progress and report cards each month and can view lessons, student log-in activity, class calendars, etc.
What support do you offer students?
Beyond the ongoing support offered by our teachers every day in class, Insight School of Oklahoma supports today's students with a host of innovative programs, including a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program, remediation programs, and much more.
Are Child Find services available?
All public schools are mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) to identify, locate, and evaluate students who may demonstrate disabilities through the Child Find process. The intent of Child Find is that all children with disabilities, ages 3-21, are located, identified, and evaluated in order to receive needed supports and services.
As public School, Insight School of Oklahoma provides a Free Appropriate Public Education to children ages 3-21, including those children who qualify for special education services unless the parent refuses special education services. In order for a child to receive intervention or special education services, an evaluation must be conducted to confirm the presence of a delay or disability.
ISOK provides specialized programming through specially trained teachers to provide education-related services for children with disabilities.Supports are provided in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and range from mild and moderate to significantly more involved supports for each of the following disabilities as defined by the State of Oklahoma:
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairments
- Other Health Impairments
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment Including Blindness
If through Child Find activities, a child is identified as possibly having a disability and needing special education services, ISOK may seek parent consent to evaluate the child. All such evaluations will be conducted in compliance with applicable federal and state law and regulations. Parents must report that their child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) during the enrollment process. Please contact ISOK Special Services to report students who may be in need these specialized educational and/or related services.
Do I have to be home while my child is doing schoolwork?
No. Although your student will benefit from your encouragement and knowing that you care about his or her progress, Insight School of Oklahoma teachers and staff are available for problem-solving and support even when you are away. One benefit of our program is that your student can study at his or her own time, place, and pace—you can observe your student "going to school" whenever your schedule permits the opportunity, even when you're at home together.
Do Insight School of Oklahoma credits transfer back into other schools if needed?
Insight School of Oklahoma is a public school, so our courses and the credits earned are transferable.
Does Insight School of Oklahoma offer summer school courses?
We are considering offering a summer program to Insight School of Oklahoma students in the future.
Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy may disclose personally identifiable information from a student's education record as instructed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Visit the U.S. Department of Education website for an inclusive list of FERPA rights.
What are my rights as a parent of a child with special needs?
Parent Rights and Procedural Safeguards
Parents and guardians of children eligible for or currently receiving special education services have certain rights according to state and federal laws. For more information on parent rights in special education, a copy of the Oklahoma State Department of Education Parent Rights in Special Education and Notice of Procedural Safeguards is available the State of Oklahoma Website.
Parent Revocation of Consent For Services Under the IDEA
The parent of a child with a disability who receives special education and/or related services under the IDEA may submit a written request to the district revoking consent for the continued provision of those services. Upon receipt of the written revocation request, Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy will follow a procedure consistent with legal requirements to terminate all of the child’s special education and related services and identify the child as a general education student for all purposes.