General FAQs

Is iQ Academy California-Los Angeles a private school?

No, iQ Academy California-Los Angeles is an online public charter school authorized by the Rowland Unified School District.

Is iQ Academy the same as homeschooling?

Students enrolled in iQ Academy California-Los Angeles do their learning at home, but they are participating in a public school. The curriculum is approved by the State of California Department of Education for earning K–12 school credits. Unlike homeschooling, there are certified teachers to guide the learning, daily lesson plans, and an entire support system—including principals, guidance counselors, an online attendance tool, assessments, and a progress-tracking system.

My child has been homeschooled up until now. He will be in 11th grade next year, and we want him to graduate on time. How will iQ Academy count his homeschool work?

Because every homeschool curriculum can be different, we will need to review any documentation you have of your child's grade or middle school work so we can compare it with the requirements of iQ Academy California-Los Angeles to give credit for as many courses as possible, and to put together a plan to graduate. Contact us by telephone or e-mail for more information.

Will my child receive a diploma after completing iQ Academy?

Students who complete all the graduation requirements will receive a high school diploma from iQ Academy California-Los Angeles.

My child has an IEP and has been enrolled in Special Education in our home school district. Does iQ Academy enroll students with special needs?

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. The main factor to be considered is whether or not the independent nature of online instruction will be the best fit for a particular student's special needs. Staff from iQ Academy will discuss your child's situation with you. You may contact us by phone for more information.

How do I get help from my child's teachers if he is having difficulty with coursework?

Your child's teachers will provide feedback on any completed assignments or projects. You can also contact your teacher via e-mail or phone. In addition, each teacher has regularly scheduled online office hours. During the scheduled time, students interact with the teacher and other students in a virtual classroom.

How will my child be evaluated?

The K–8 program is mastery-based, which means your child won’t move on to the next lesson until he or she has mastered the current one. We measure proficiency through lesson, unit, and semester assessments. In grades 9–12, progress is measured through quizzes, exams, written essays, assignments, projects and semester exams. Every course contains specific information on how a student's work will be evaluated. Parents and students are free to contact teachers at any time to discuss the evaluation process.

Where can I get a course Pace Chart or planning/progress tool?

Course tools are provided for each course on the Online School platform. These planning tools will help you plan your child's work so that he or she will complete the course by the end of the school year. For grades 9–12, Pace Charts are typically found in the Course Information tab or in a tab specifically labeled "Pace Chart." For grades K–8, Planning and Progress Tools are found within the Online School.

How much time does it take to complete a one-credit course?

A one-credit course is designed to take 36 weeks or about 180 hours. As a general guideline, in addition to the time your child spends online, he or she should also plan on spending time reading, completing assignments, and studying for tests and exams. This time estimate is a guideline and will vary according to course, study habits, etc. You should assume that a half-credit course will take half as much time as a one-credit course.

What role do the teachers play in iQ Academy?

Teachers play an important role in the iQ Academy program. It is the role of the teachers to meet individual learning needs of the students enrolled in their courses or assigned to them. Teachers have "office hours" and hold weekly sessions during which students can ask questions and have discussions with their teacher and classmates. Teachers are also available by phone and e-mail, and parents and students are encouraged to contact their teachers with questions. In grades 9–12, more of students' coursework can be done independently, but they are definitely never "on their own."

As a parent, how can I check on my child's progress?

Parents receive a login and password to enter the K12 Online School where they can access their child's classes, see what assignments have been completed, and view their child's grades.

What kind of academic support and social opportunities are there at iQ Academy?

iQ Academy teachers host weekly, live online class sessions via the Internet, which offers beneficial opportunities for student-to-student and student-to-teacher interactions. In addition to online experiences, our teachers host in-person outings throughout the year. Students in grades K–12 may also join a variety of clubs in a safe, secure, online environment (please see the iQ Student Community section).

How can I know if my middle or high school student would be successful doing online learning?

Some of the characteristics we have seen in our most successful students include:

  • The ability to work independently.
  • A willingness to seek out answers to their questions, or to move on to a different subject until the necessary help is available.
  • The willingness to ask for help when needed. There are many opportunities to get help from teachers, from other students, or from technical support. Students have to be willing to make use of those resources and let someone know if they don't understand something.
  • Some personal motivation to succeed in the program. Students who are forced into an online learning environment are less likely to be successful.

To help your child succeed at iQ Academy:

  • Set up a school schedule for your child to follow every day. Students should plan on spending approximately one per day for every class, plus some extra time for outside reading or writing papers. Bear in mind, children in grades K–6 can expect to spend less than half of their school day online with the rest of their time working in workbooks, on printed lessons, and other activities. Middle and high school students spend an increasing amount of their time online.
  • Create a student work area with limited distractions that has all materials easily available.
  • Encourage your student to discuss his or her work with you. Discussions can give you clues as to whether your student understands the materials and assignments. Early detection can help you catch potential problems before they grow into large difficulties.

Do I have to be at home all the time my child is doing schoolwork?

This varies both in terms of the child's age and specific needs. Typically, being at home full-time is important for the Learning Coach of younger children, but is not required for students in the higher grades. However, it is important for your older student to know you are interested in how he or she is doing in school. As in all educational endeavors, students with an active and interested parent are at a distinct advantage for success. Most students need a certain amount of structure, at least initially, in order to flourish in the flexible online environment. iQ Academy provides parents with some very specific tools to stay informed of their child's progress.

How will you keep my child safe while working on the Internet?

The main content of all iQ Academy courses is available directly through our secure, online student classroom area. In some cases, teacher-provided links direct students to other websites, where they can take advantage of educational information online. In addition to limiting the sites students must visit to do coursework, we have added software on all iQ Academy-provided computers that filters out inappropriate sites. Beyond that, good parental supervision and setting guidelines for Internet use that match your family values will go a long way in protecting your children from unwanted information.

How do we know if iQ Academy is the right school for us?

We invite you to contact us and learn all you can about what iQ Academy has to offer you and your child. Getting as much information as possible is the best way to make an informed choice.

What if my family is homeless?

iQCA provides McKinney-Vento/Homeless assistance and supports for eligible families who meet the definition as defined below. If you feel you may be eligible for assistance through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact Natalie Zartarian, iQCA Homeless Liaison at or 805-581-0202.

According to section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), the term “homeless children and youths”—

(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and

(B) includes—

(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and

(iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).

Children and youth are considered homeless if they fit both part A and any one of the subparts of part B of the definition above.

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iQ Los Angeles’ Homeless Liaison
Natalie Zartarian