Courses and Instructions 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 student’s pace, when he or she can focus best.
What roles do instructors play?
Teachers at Insight Schools of California, all of whom are California-credentialed, play a central role. We combine innovative online teaching techniques with experienced 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 so they can build one-to-one relationships with each student to understand and respond to their individual strengths and needs.
How do you prevent students from cheating?
Insight Schools of California 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 percent 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 students 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.
How frequently will I receive progress reports/how do parents get information?
Parents are provided access to and can enter the online school at any point with a username and password. Grades are updated weekly. Also, Insight Schools of California teachers are available to consult with parents by email or telephone. And, of course, parents have access to their student’s progress and report cards each month and can view lessons, student log-in activity, class calendars, etc.