Upon enrollment, we provide baseline testing for all students in English, Math, Reading, Writing and Science to identify where the student stands relative to national standards. We work with your family to define academic goals for the year, and we meet at least every two months to review progress towards those goals and fine-tune them as needed. Our goal is for students to achieve competency well above the progress expected each year in public schools. In Nevada, Kindergarteners are expected to know all letters of the alphabet by the end of the year. At I·School, Kindergarteners can read four-syllable words by February, as the whole world opens to a student when they can begin to read on their own.
Elementary School (grades 2-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8)
Our elementary and middle school students generally follow the Core Knowledge curriculum (or the closely-aligned K12 curriculum) and are in the process of becoming accredited as a Core Knowledge School. I·School also utilizes the K12 curriculum, which has much in common with the Core Knowledge sequence. We use BrainPop, ALEKS, Fast ForWord, and other tools to supplement a core curriculum administered under the direction of talented teachers.
Did you know that the main reason freshmen struggle with biology is because…they don’t understand the vocabulary? So much of high school success depends on adequate preparation in middle school in writing, math, and study skills. Our baseline assessments give a starting point for outlining where a student may go and defined expectations for how long that should take, relative to national norms, parent expectations, or other measure. We expect our middle schoolers to excel particularly in English and math upon entering high school, as that lays the foundation for everything to follow.
Our list of high school courses can be seen here.
We offer dual high school and college credit for our junior and senior students wanting to accumulate college credit transferable to most colleges, both online and on campus. For Fall 2015 courses at Western Nevada College in Carson City, please read more here. For Fall 2015 courses at various Truckee Meadows Community College locations in Reno, please check here.
We offer nine very effective math courses for college credit (and also dual high school credit), including:
- Beginning Algebra
- Intermediate Algebra
- College Algebra
- College Algebra with Trigonometry
- Introduction to Statistics
- Business Statistics
- Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
These math courses are designed on an artificial-intelligence platform. Each student follows a program uniquely tailored to what they are ready to learn about the subject based on what they have already mastered and what they are ready to learn next, so each student progresses along a different path to mastering the required content. This individualized approach is so effective that several students have completed two or three years of math in less than a school year. These courses have also been very effective for high school and college students hoping to get their math requirements completed ahead of schedule. Each course is worth up to three units of college credit, and is accepted at over 2,000 colleges nationwide, including UC Berkeley. Check here for a partial list of schools accepting these math credits; if you don’t see your school on the list, let us know and we can speak to the school registrar confirming approval.