Idaho Virtual School from Home

Opened in 2005, INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is a tuition-free, K–12 online public school that students attend from home. INSPIRE brings a fully accredited public online education directly to your family’s door—anywhere in Idaho.

Authorized by the Idaho Charter School Commission

INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, is authorized under state law by the Idaho Charter School Commission. The school is operated by INSPIRE Academics Inc., a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with Connections Education, LLC, to provide its online educational program and other services. The INSPIRE charter includes a first-of-its-kind partnership with Boise State University. The university assists with teacher training, curriculum development, and research and evaluation.

The virtual school is governed by an independent board of directors, and all board meetings are open to the public. Please review the scheduled meeting dates, agendas, and information about how to attend a meeting or make a request for public records.

As a public charter school, INSPIRE Academics is committed to meeting the state of Idaho’s rigorous standards for academic achievement and accountability. View INSPIRE's latest report card and other state documents or request a printed copy from our school principal.

The INSPIRE Online School Experience

We share a common goal with parents: to ensure that students become productive, successful, and confident adults. INSPIRE Connections Academy’s full-time virtual school program helps online school students build on their individual strengths and interests in a setting that is both safe and connected to a larger community.

Below are a few of the driving forces behind this unique approach:

Free Education, Outstanding Curriculum

At INSPIRE, students receive a great public online education at no charge. There are no materials fees and no tuition charges. Our virtual school classes meet and exceed all national and state standards while also integrating the best texts, materials, and resources available to create a curriculum that keeps our online school students engaged in new and creative ways.

Exceptional Teachers

The teachers are the foundation of the INSPIRE Connections Academy experience. They are talented, passionate, certified, and specially trained to excel in online teaching. Teachers are drawn to our virtual school in Idaho because they care about kids and believe that personalized one-on-one instruction really works.

Individual Attention

Each and every student has unique abilities, and all students perform better when they receive individual attention in a nurturing learning environment. These guiding principles are the foundation of Connections Academy’s Personalized Performance Learning® approach. Using this method, teachers get to know the learning style, skills, and interests of each student so they can give every student the best opportunity to excel. This approach also allows virtual school students to accelerate learning in areas of strength or receive extra attention in areas of weakness.

Parent-Supported Learning

When parents take an active role in education, students prosper. As Learning Coaches, parents can be closely involved in their children’s daily education. They’re able to see real progress every day and work with dedicated teachers to keep their students on track. Parents say this involvement is one of the most gratifying aspects of the virtual school program.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Connections Academy’s user-friendly system, Connexus®, lets students access a welcoming and collaborative learning experience anywhere they have an Internet connection. Parents love how easy it is to schedule online lessons and access grades, too!

Socialization, Community, and Friendships

Learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Even in a virtual setting, students meet regularly in online LiveLesson® sessions and have opportunities to share ideas, compare experiences, and have fun learning together. There are even chances to attend in-person gatherings, activities, and field trips. And the flexibility of the program allows plenty of opportunities for students to pursue and explore other extracurricular activities outside of INSPIRE Connections Academy or through Connections Academy’s clubs!