Posted by ICON School on Mar 16, 2021 10:25:00 AM
If you were enrolled in school in 2020, chances are that your education has been seriously impacted by COVID-19. What’s your plan for the 2021 school year?
If you answered “I don’t know,” you are not alone. So many students are experiencing frustration, disappointment, and a sense of listlessness and helplessness that can be very hard to overcome.
Especially if you are missing credits.
Failing grades have surged across the country since the pandemic, and for students who have had to attend virtually, the rates are even higher. The rates of failing grades have doubled in some areas, and all the statistics have yet to come in. We may not understand the true scope and scale of the number of failing grades for years to come, as students, parents, and school districts scramble to come up with solutions.
Another troubling aspect of all of this, is the fact that student populations that were already experiencing disparities before the pandemic are experiencing even bigger disparities now. That means low-income students, students with special needs, and those who are multilingual have experienced the greatest challenges, and these are the students who may have been the least prepared to adapt to the challenges.
Options for students looking to make up credits or courses that they missed
You might have heard of credit recovery, where a condensed course is offered in an attempt to make up for credits missed, but the results of these initiatives have yielded less than satisfactory results.
In order to compensate for the lost credits, courses, and learning, students, parents, and schools are going to have to get a little creative!
So what online options are available?
Brick and mortar schools had to retool to become virtual and online education providers in a matter of weeks last year, and as a student, you may already have first-hand experience with the fallout from this.
So how can an online option help you catch up, or stay ahead, and graduate on time? Would being able to go at your own pace (not according to a schedule) help you achieve your goals? ICON (Idaho Connects Online School) can help you catch up (or keep from falling behind) and empower you to graduate on time.
How Does ICON work?
If personalized, one on one support and a flexible schedule could help you catch up or stay on track, ICON could be a great solution for students who are looking for a better way to graduate given the current uncertainties regarding the pandemic.
ICON isn’t a public school that decided to go online, ICON is a public school that specializes in and has optimized online learning to fit the diverse and changing needs of students, who enroll for many different reasons.
The pandemic had significantly disrupted what it means to be a student in Idaho, and so our solutions have to evolve beyond credit recovery, or continuing to do the same things and expecting different results! ICON can be a part of the creative solutions that Idahoans are looking for in an online school. Our courses aren’t in-person classes conducted virtually, and we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution.
We serve students from grade 6th through the 12th, with 24/7 access, and it’s tuition-free! We encourage students to explore all their options and make the choice that gives them the best opportunity to start adulthood with a High School Diploma in their hands.