EVERYTHING BUT THE BUS
Getting your education online will feel a lot like attending a traditional school—with one big difference. At iForward, you have live online classes at specific times. But you have the flexibility to study and do homework at the time and place of your choice.
The first day
Before your first semester begins, your dedicated guidance counselor and student advisor will review your transcripts and talk with you about your academic goals and learning style. Together, you will choose classes that match your strengths, graduation requirements and personal aspirations to make sure your transition to online high school or middle school is seamless and successful.
Access to a working computer and reliable internet connection are crucial parts of a successful online learning experience. In the event that you don't have a computer, we can issue you a laptop at no cost to be used throughout your iForward education as long as you are enrolled by the 3rd quarter. iForward will even reimburse some Internet costs for qualifying families to help achieve the best possible outcome for each student.
It's time for class
You will be attending exciting live lessons each day with real, live teachers and classmates! iForward uses the latest web conferencing technology so that students can actively participate. You'll be able to see presentations, watch videos, follow lab demonstrations, raise your virtual hand to answer questions, and work directly with your teachers and fellow peers.
What if you miss a class unexpectedly? Because iForward is an online charter school, every live class is recorded, and your teachers will work with you to make sure you don't fall behind.
Just like a traditional school, your online high school or middle school education at iForward means plenty of reading and writing assignments, projects, quizzes, and yes.... tests! But unlike traditional schools, everything you need to study and be successful in your online education is available 24/7. Additional help online such as video simulations, discussion boards, blogs and wikis are available to you at all times. This is beneficial so you can learn at your pace, when and where it works for you.
Of course, there are still school deadlines. We've found that due dates help students stay on track and avoid end-of-the-quarter cramming and stress. These target dates may be somewhat flexible. Together, you and your teacher will find the schedule that works best for you. Juniors and Seniors will have more specific and rigid deadlines.
Many students and parents may wonder if taking classes online can provide enough opportunities for social interaction. Don't worry - even though iForward is an online school, we know there's way more to school than class. There are field trips, social events, and plenty of student groups to choose from. Join the Drama Club, Art Club, Stock Market Club, Photography Club (just to name a few, see more details on our Club page), or become a member of the National Honor Society. Serve on our Student Council, or take an active role on the Newspaper or Broadcasting staffs. You can even run for Class President!
Building meaningful friendships is an important part of a student's development, and that doesn't change with online school. That's why we also host activities in different parts of Wisconsin to bring our students together. Noah's Ark Water Park, Brewers' Game including the famous Principal's Tailgate Party, Spring Prom, the occasional pizza party—you'll always find something fun on the calendar.
And then you graduate
iForward is an online charter school that is chartered through Wisconsin's Grantsburg School District, so your diploma will be just the same as any other public high school student. Your family members and friends can watch you walk across a stage to accept your diploma. Our graduation ceremony is usually held in a central Wisconsin location, and has been known to draw more than 750 cheering fans. Legendary Rob Davis of the Green Bay Packers, State Senators Sheila Harsdorf and Luther Olsen, and Governor Scott Walker have all been our special keynote speakers!