FAQs and Answers About Online School and iUniversity Prep
Is iUniversity Prep a charter school or a home school program?
No. iUniversity Prep is a tuition-free Texas public school that’s part of the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. That means iUniversity Prep is subject to the same laws, accountability, and curriculum standards that govern all public schools in Texas.
Does a student have to reside in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD to attend iUniversity Prep?
No. All Texas residents in grades 5-12 who meet eligibility requirements may apply to enroll in iUniversity Prep. Admission is granted based on meeting all eligibility requirements, available space per grade level, as well as a mutual determination (between iUniversity Prep and the student’s parents) that the student is a good fit for the program.
Here’s a quick overview of the iUniversity Prep application and enrollment process:
Step 1-A: Complete the “Readiness For Online Learning Quiz”. This will give you a better idea about whether or not your student is a good fit for online school.
Step 1-B: Sign up to attend a Virtual Parent Information Session. (If none are currently scheduled, please contact our office at 817-305-4895 for assistance.)
Step 2: Complete an iUniversity Prep application.
Step 3: Stand by for a call or email confirming receipt of your application. In this communication, we’ll also let you know if we need any additional documents (transcripts, report cards, shot records, etc.) in order to process your application.
Step 4: Gather and submit all requested additional documents.
Step 5: Complete a pre-enrollment conference. During this session, we’ll cover material that helps you understand what’s expected of our students, confirm grade placement, and discuss required and elective courses for the upcoming semester.
Is online school a good fit for any student who wants a flexible schedule or who wants to learn at home?
While online school is an excellent option for many students, it’s not the best fit for everyone. Time and again, we observe that students who are the most successful at iUniversity Prep tend to have the following traits, or are at least willing to work hard to develop them:
Ability to manage deadlines
Strong reading comprehension skills
Comfortable working with technology
Enjoys working independently (but is also able to work collaboratively)
The best way to determine if online school is right for your child (besides taking our Readiness Quiz or signing up for a parent information session) is to do your research: Talk to prospective schools, visit with parents of online students, look at study school websites and school social media channels. To get started, you may want to review other articles on our blog or read “Characteristics of an iUniversity Prep Student”. We also suggest that you review the technology requirements for students at iUniversity Prep.
How much parent involvement is necessary for students to be successful in online school?
Just like traditional students, online students tend to perform better when parents are involved in their schooling. The level of involvement recommended depends on a range of factors, such as the student’s age, self-management skills, technical abilities, level of experience learning online or learning at home, and so forth. For more insight, you can call our office at 817-305-4895 and visit with one of our administrators - and again, it’s always helpful if you can talk to another parent whose child been through at least one semester of online schooling.
How does it work in online school when you have questions, problems, or need to talk to a teacher or administrator?
At iUniversity Prep, that process usually involves emailing or calling the teacher or calling our academy’s administrative office. Responsiveness is one of our top priorities, so you can typically expect to hear back from us within one business day, if not sooner.
Do online students take standardized tests?
If the online school is a Texas public school, yes. iUniversity Prep students take all of the standardized tests required by the Texas Education Agency and the federal government, just as do all students in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and in public schools across Texas.
How can I find out more about iUniversity Prep’s academic performance as a school?
You can review our Texas Education Agency school report card here. School accountability information can be a bit difficult to interpret without guidance, so we encourage you to call our office at 817-305-4895 for additional insight. (By the way: Did you know that iUniversity Prep was named to the “Best High Schools” list from U.S. News & World Report? Read more here.)
Does iUniversity Prep accept applications from homeschool or private school students? What about students from military families?
We certainly do, provided the student meets iUniversity Prep eligibility requirements. Please contact our office at 817-305-4895 to find out more.
My child works or trains in another state. Is she still eligible to enroll in iUniversity Prep?
Yes, provided that your child’s official, permanent residence is in the state of Texas.
Does iUniversity Prep offer credit recovery courses for students who get behind?
No. We expect our students to stay on pace for their grade level—however, in some cases students may have the option to take a summer or CBE (Competency Based Education) class from another education provider. Contact our academic coordinator, Ms. Heath, to learn more.
Does iUniversity Prep offer special education accommodation or classes for gifted students?
Yes. iUniversity Prep also offers gifted and talented, Pre-AP, and Advanced Placement courses. The latter is one of many examples of how our school provides a flexible-schedule school option that doesn’t sacrifice academic rigor. Students with a 504 or a mainstreamed IEPs.
Does iUniversity Prep offer a “fast track” graduation plan?
Yes. Most of our students graduate in four years, but we also have a plan that allows students to complete high school in three years. Parents and students usually sign off on
these plans in the eighth grade, working in partnership with our academic coordinator.
Will an online diploma limit my student’s options for college admission or scholarships?
Absolutely not! Students who graduate from iUniversity Prep receive the same diploma issued to all graduates of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. iUniversity Prep alumni have gained admission to prestigious colleges and universities around the country, including the University of Texas, Oxford, Texas A&M, The Citadel, Harvard, Stanford, and many others.
By the way, iUniversity Prep students who aspire to compete for athletic scholarships or play sports at the college/university level are equally advantaged, as iUniversity Prep is fully accredited by the NCAA.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Kaye Rogers received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration with a minor in Statistics from the University of North Texas. She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. A life-long Texan, she has taught math and science in public schools and also in Spain. She has worked in public education for over 18 years, where she is committed to innovation and choice for families. She has opened three choice schools and is currently the Director of Virtual Learning at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, where she oversees their state-wide virtual school and blended schools program.
Learn more about iUniversity Prep and see if online learning is right for your child. Check us out at www.iuniversityprep.org or give us a call at 817-305-4895.
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