How Online Education Works
How Online Education Works
With online learning, your child can learn at home, or wherever there's an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using Stride K12-provided books and materials.* State-licensed teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
What to Expect
Hoosier Academy at Indianapolis uses quality curriculum from Stride K12 that's designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, allowing them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build on your child's interests and abilities.
What's my role as a parent?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. You'll spend time each day to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend Hoosier Academy at Indianapolis (Hoosier)?
Any student in grades K–8 who resides in Indiana is eligible for full-time enrollment.
How many of my children can I enroll in Hoosier?
Because Hoosier provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–8, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend Hoosier?
Hoosier is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Indiana-licensed teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is a charter school?
Hoosier Academy at Indianapolis is designated as a charter school. According to the Indiana Department of Education, "A charter school is a public school that is nonsectarian and nonreligious and operates under a contract or charter. Under Indiana Code, charter schools are established to serve the different learning styles and needs of public school students, to offer public school students appropriate and innovative choices, to afford varied opportunities for professional educators, to allow freedom and flexibility in exchange for exceptional levels of accountability, and to provide parents, students, community members, and local entities with an expanded opportunity for involvement in the public school system."
What is blended learning at Hoosier?
Blended learning offers students both traditional, in-person instruction with a state-licensed teacher for part of the school week, and off-site learning (including online) for the remainder of the week facilitated by a Learning Coach. This unique blend of traditional brick-and-mortar schooling with a robust, online experience gives students a learning opportunity that exceeds the limitations of either model.
What is the attendance policy?
As Indiana public school students, all Hoosier students must comply with the state-required minimum number of attending 180 instructional days. Attending the Learning Center two full days a week is mandatory. Kindergarten students attend the Learning Center three days per week for full-day sessions.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student's teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school.
How do students interact socially?
In addition to on-site instruction opportunities, students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.