Frequently Asked Questions
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 students pace, when they can focus best.
What roles do teachers play?
Teachers at Insight School of Oklahoma, all of whom are Oklahoma-certified, play a central role. We combine innovative online teaching techniques with experienced state-certified 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—rather than on time-consuming classroom management—so they can build one-on-one relationships with each student to understand and respond to their individual strengths and needs.
Insight School of Oklahoma teachers also answer day-to-day questions and assess student performance through assignments, exams, and quizzes.
Do your courses require textbooks?
Some courses do require textbooks, but most textbooks are electronic. Insight School of Oklahoma provides required educational text to all students.
How do you teach lab courses like biology or chemistry?
The content component and structure of our biology and chemistry courses are the same as for our other courses. We make use of the latest technologies to enable students to participate in virtual labs and dissections.
How do you satisfy the physical fitness requirement?
Being successful at Insight involves staying active both inside and outside the classroom. We have a set of courses that teach and emphasize individual physical fitness and nutrition. These courses require students to perform fitness activities and measure and report on their individual fitness as they complete individual physical fitness exercises.
Are there assignments and due dates?
Like a traditional brick and mortar full-time public school, Insight School of Oklahoma encourages students to develop responsibility for academic progress. That means there are assignments, due dates, and deadlines. While some of what we do is more flexible in terms of the times and the places students do their work, we also make sure that parents and teachers are involved to help students progress through coursework in a timely manner.
How do you prevent students from cheating?
Insight School of Oklahoma 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% 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, acknowledging their understanding of and agreement to comply with ISOK's 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 their student 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.
We also recognize that as students enter their high school years, they often seek to become more independent. Our high school program is designed to support exploration of that independence, while still providing necessary guidance, support and expertise for both parents and students through our Family Support Team.
How will I receive progress reports and get information?
Parents are provided access to our learning management system and can enter the online system at any point with a username and password and can view their student's lessons, log-in activity, class calendars, etc. In addition, Insight School of Oklahoma teachers are always available to consult with parents by e-mail or telephone.
What support do you offer students?
Beyond the ongoing support offered by our teachers every day in class, Insight School of Oklahoma supports today's students with a host of innovative programs, including a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program, remediation programs, and much more.
What are my rights as a parent of a child with special needs?
Parents and guardians of children eligible for or currently receiving special education services have certain rights according to state and federal laws. For more information on parent rights in special education, a copy of the Oklahoma State Department of Education Parent Rights in Special Education and Notice of Procedural Safeguards is available the State of Oklahoma Website.
Are Child Find services available?
As public School, Insight School of Oklahoma provides a Free Appropriate Public Education to children ages 3-21, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA), including those children who qualify for special education services unless the parent refuses special education services. In order for a child to receive intervention or special education services, an evaluation must be conducted to confirm the presence of a delay or disability. IDEA also requires all public schools to identify, locate, and evaluate students who may demonstrate disabilities through the Child Find process. The intent of Child Find is locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities, ages 3-21, in order to provide them with the needed supports and services.
ISOK provides specialized programming through expressly trained teachers to provide education-related services for children with disabilities. Supports are provided in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and range from mild and moderate to significantly more involved supports for each of the following disabilities as defined by the State of Oklahoma:
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairments
- Other Health Impairments
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment Including Blindness
If through Child Find activities, a child is identified as possibly having a disability and needing special education services, ISOK may seek parent consent to evaluate the child. All such evaluations will be conducted in compliance with applicable federal and state requirements. Parents must report that their child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) during the enrollment process. Please contact ISOK Special Services to report students who may be in need these specialized educational and/or related services.
Parent Revocation of Consent for Services Under the IDEA
The parent of a child with a disability who receives special education and/or related services under the IDEA may submit a written request to the district revoking consent for the continued provision of those services. Upon receipt of the written revocation request, ISOK will follow a procedure consistent with legal requirements to terminate all of the child’s special education and related services and identify the child as a general education student for all purposes.
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Diploma and Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Students who want to enroll with a homeschool transcript or a homeschool portfolio will need to complete a placement test to determine transfer of applicable credits. An Insight School of Oklahoma Academic Counselor will create a plan for your student's placement testing.
Who issues the diploma?
Graduating students will be issued a diploma from Insight School of Oklahoma.
Can my child apply to college after graduating from Insight School of Oklahoma?
Absolutely. When your son or daughter graduates from Insight School of Oklahoma, he or she will have a valid diploma received from a state-approved public school.
Colleges and universities over the past several years have begun to appreciate that independent study programs such as Insight School of Oklahoma often do a better job of preparing students for college because of important time management and individual responsibility skills they impart. Colleges are finding students from programs such as Insight School of Oklahoma make the transition into college more readily than many of their counterparts.