What grades are offered by Hoosier Academies?
Hoosier Academies serves grades K-12 for the 2016-2017 school year; however, we will only be enrolling new students in the following grades for each program:
- Hoosier Academies Virtual School: Grades K-11. Note: Hoosier Academies Academies – Virtual enrollment for 2017-2018 is limited to siblings of current students.
- Hoosier Academies Indianapolis: Grades K-11
Kindergartners must be five years old before August 1 of the school year in which they wish to enroll to be eligible for the program.
What subjects will my child study?
Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Art, and Physical Education and Wellness are the core courses. High school students also take an elective, and have access to AP® courses as well. Visit our k-8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, we are a public school in Indiana, so students can earn a diploma based upon successful completion and mastery of course content.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are available at each of the Learning Centers and are sent to students directly for the subjects students will be covering during the at-home portion of the instruction. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle-school students, due to the nature of their courses.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The pace of the K-8 program is shared between the teacher at the Learning Center and the Learning Coach. Whether at the Learning Center or working with a Learning Coach, students will have the opportunity to explore concepts in more depth and spend more time on concepts that might be challenging. The online high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities.
What happens if my K-8 student completes a course mid-year?
When a student completes a course, Hoosier Academies will send him or her to the next level, up until January 26. After that date, courses cannot be ordered again until the next fall. Teachers work closely with students and Learning Coaches to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
While working with their Learning Coach, we expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of that time on the computer in the early grades. Older students may spend more time online in certain subjects, but the majority of their time working with the Learning Coach will also be offline. In the Learning Center, the computer is primarily a tool for the teacher to facilitate lessons with the whole class or small groups.
We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you and the Hoosier Academies staff with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials. At the high-school level, students will spend less than half of their instructional time each week online. They, too, will be involved in hands-on science experiments, reading novels, and completing math problems that are done without the computer.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Yes, through our Child Find campaign. Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Hoosier Academies strive to identify, locate, and evaluate all enrolled children who may have disabilities. Disability, as stated in Article 7, includes such conditions as hearing, visual, speech, or language impairment, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance, cognitive disability, other health or physical impairment, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
As a public school, we will respond vigorously to Federal and State mandates requiring the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education regardless of a child's disability or the severity of the disability. Parent permission and involvement is a vital piece in the process. Once a child has been identified as having a "suspected disability" or identified as having a disability, Hoosier Academies will ask for information about the child, such as:
- How has the suspected disability or identified disability hindered the student's learning?
- What has been done, educationally, to address the student's learning needs?
- What educational or medical information relative to the suspected disability or identified disability is available to be shared with the school?
This information may be obtained from the student, his or her parents, present or former teachers, therapists, doctors, or from other agencies that have information about the student.
All information collected will be held in strict confidence and released to others only with parental permission or as allowed by law. In keeping with this confidence, Hoosier Academies will keep a record of all persons who review confidential information with the exception of authorized school employees or other educational agency personnel. Parents have the right to review their child's records at any time.
We are committed to meeting the needs of children with disabilities. If you have or know of a child who may have a disability, please contact Hoosier Academies for clarification, more information, or assistance.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
For gifted kids, the four walls of a classroom can feel like the four sides of a box. K12 and Hoosier Academies understand that academically gifted students don't fit into a box - whether it's a classroom or a one-size-fits-all education program. Teaching gifted kids is about challenging their young, talented minds. It's about allowing these students the freedom that comes from flexible, individualized learning approaches, and the challenge that comes from an exceptional, engaging curriculum - both of which we provide. Visit our gifted and talented student section.
How do students interact socially?
The students of Hoosier Academies have many opportunities to interact both socially and academically. Since students will be with peers regularly in the Learning Center, they will have a chance to do many collaborative activities, including science experiments, literature discussions, and providing feedback on a peer's written work. Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We also are exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. The online Family Directory provides a way for families to network with other families in their region of the state. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program. This school was created to help your child obtain an exceptional education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw at any time.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll in HA section for information on enrolling your student in Hoosier Academies.
Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?
This decision is made on a district-by-district basis. The staff of Hoosier Academies will be proactive in identifying extracurricular activities for students.