Posted Date: 03/09/2021
Beginning in the fall 2021 semester, The iLearn Institute at Lenoir City Schools will launch as a K-12 online school. While the Lenoir City Board of Education has decided to make iLearn an official school, that does not mean that we are new to online education. iLearn actually began as a program of the school system in 2016 when we launched our first five courses virtually at Lenoir City High School. Since that time we have expanded our high school curriculum to offer more than 60 virtual courses, as well as elementary and middle school courses and electives.
The iLearn Institute will offer the flexibility of online learning, while also providing many of the benefits of a traditional school. We will be using some of the best high quality instructional materials available in K-12 education. All of your child’s teachers are iLearn employees who either work as part time employees in our virtual school and full time in our face to face program, or are full time virtual teachers based at the district office. We don’t contract with other national virtual school programs like K-12 or Connections Learning, so your student can always visit with their teacher face to face. All Lenoir City Schools have been designated as Reward Schools, and our district has been ranked as Exemplary. These are the highest rankings given by the Tennessee Department of Education.
The employees who are your student’s virtual teachers are the same people driving high test scores in face to face classrooms across our district. In our high school online program, iLearn provides both Advanced Placement Courses and Dual Enrollment Options, allowing students to get a jump on their college education by attaining college credit while they are still in high school. We offer a wide variety of elective opportunities at all age levels. Elementary students can choose between computer science and art. Our middle school students can choose between computer science, art or even take courses for high school credit. High school students can take courses in culinary arts, criminal science, health science, agriculture, business management, and many more. iLearn is NCAA certified, so our student athletes can rest assured that our courses will meet all NCAA requirements. All iLearn students will have the opportunity to participate in our middle and high school athletic programs.
iLearn offers a 22 credit diploma for students who wish to take additional courses for college credit or advanced technical training. By removing elective credits that other schools require for graduation, we can offer additional opportunities like ACT Prep that may benefit a student’s specific goals. We are in the process of developing a partnership with a local four year university that will enable iLearn students to take a variety of online courses that would count as dual enrollment or additional college credit opportrunities. Students would even have the opportunity to take courses on campus if they wish.
iLearn provides a hybrid structure for our elementary students, allowing them to attend a face to face class at the district office once a week as well as a follow up live online session once a week. During these class sessions your student will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and project based learning designed to meet the needs of your student’s personalized academic plan.
iLearn provides a community where students can connect both online and in person. We provide many opportunities for students to explore their interests, meet new people and gain new experiences.
iLearn students have the opportunity to:
Collaborate with classmates on school work in a virtual environment
Attend monthly online student club meetings and activities or even field trips
Get together at school for community events
Participate in The iLearn Institute’s graduation ceremony
We offer strategic support for struggling learners like live tutoring sessions, as well as benchmark testing in specific content areas, to help ensure students stay at or above grade level. iLearn places you, the parent, at the center of your child’s educational experience. We believe that the best education is one that establishes a partnership between parents and teachers, and we think that iLearn is uniquely qualified to do so effectively.
The iLearn Institute has the right to accept or decline the application of any student who applies during the annual open enrollment period. The following criteria will be reviewed and taken into consideration when accepting applicants:
1) Grades: Poor grades may indicate that students will struggle with a more independent learning environment, and a thorough review of the student’s academic file will be conducted to assess the student’s performance as well as their academic needs moving forward. All students in K-12th grade will be evaluated holistically upon their application; however, high school students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be considered for initial entry. Number of Credits Achieved: Students who are behind on credits are generally not accepted. Students in elementary and middle school must have a A-B average.
2) Attendance: The student should have no more than five unexcused absences for the previous school year
3) Preliminary Testing: The iLearn Institute may require students to demonstrate initial knowledge or understanding of material through the completion of benchmark assessments.
4) High School Students must be at the current level of mathematics. Applicants will preferably have the following:
•Freshmen: Must have passed 8th grade math
•Sophomores: Must have completed Algebra I or Math I
•Juniors: Must have completed Geometry or Math II
•Seniors: Must have completed Algebra II or Math III
5) Elementary and Middle School students must score proficient on the previous years state assessment in English Language Arts and Math. Students who are too young to take a state assessment will be evaluated based upon an iReady diagnostic screening test.
6)The applicant is on-pace to graduate, with the designated graduation cohort, in 4 years and a summer.
7)The applicant completes all mandatory new student induction activities required by The iLearn Institute.
If you are interested in learning more about The iLearn Institute at Lenoir CIty Schools, I invite you to contact me at 865-988-1934 for more information or complete the pre-enrollment form and we will reach out to you at a later time with further instructions.
Click here to enroll now for fall 2021.