Frequently Asked Questions
What is INSPIRE?
INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is a virtual charter school approved unanimously by the Idaho Charter School Commission to serve students in grades K–12 throughout Idaho. INSPIRE launched in Fall 2005.
What makes INSPIRE different?
Idaho has several virtual charter academies. What sets INSPIRE apart is the Connections Academy program not available at any other school in Idaho. INSPIRE also has a unique partnership with Boise State University to help with teacher training, curriculum development, research, and evaluation. The school's Board of Directors chose the name INSPIRE to help this virtual charter school stand out in Idaho.
Does Connections Academy provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities?
For students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) Connections Academy provides a continuum of virtual special education services that range from consultation, curriculum accommodation and modification, collaboration with learning coaches and general education teachers, to virtual direct instruction. Connections Academy provides students with IEPs with related services, that may include virtual speech language and virtual occupational therapy, as determined by the IEP team. For eligible students with disabilities who do not require special education, Connections Academy develops (as needed) and implements Section 504 plans that detail appropriate accommodations and modifications.
How does Inspire Connections Academy support students with disabilities?
Federal law requires Inspire Connections Academy to provide its students, regardless of disability, with an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the school’s education program. Inspire Connections Academy is committed to providing its students with equal access to its education program. We provide students with accessibility through resources tailored to each student’s individual abilities and needs, including assistive technologies and individualized support. If your student is in need of assistance in order to fully participate in Inspire Connections Academy's education program, please contact the school's special education director at firstname.lastname@example.org or the school’s 504 coordinator at email@example.com. You can also obtain 24-hour technical support by calling the Accessibility Hotline at 888-639-5960.
How do I request a transcript?
Complete this form to request an official school transcript. Fax or mail this form to INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy. If you have any questions, please contact us.
What makes INSPIRE a quality choice for your child's education?
At INSPIRE, we believe that a quality education is one that helps each student achieve his or her highest potential. Learn more about exactly what we do to bring that quality education to our students.
Has any educational organization ever evaluated the program and its curriculum?
INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accrediting division of AdvancED.
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