Frequently Asked Questions
What is blended/online learning?
Is online learning right for you?
Where is iHigh located?
Our campus is located in the Old Town area of San Diego. Our address is: 3939 Conde Street, San Diego, 92110. We are located on the lower level of Ballard Parent Center (formerly Fremont Elementary), in the former Old Town Historical Program buildings. The entrance to our parking lot is at the intersection of Congress and Conde streets. The Old Town transit center (bus and trolley) is about a three-block walk from our campus.
Is iHigh Virtual Academy a charter school?
No. iHigh is a blended/online independent study high school within the San Diego Unified School District. We are a regular district high school with the same graduation requirements and accreditation requirements. What makes us different is that the curriculum delivery is a combination of online and face-to-face, and the format is independent study (rather than required daily seat time).
Is iHigh Virtual Academy a "school of choice"?
Yes. iHigh is a school of choice, meaning that interested students must submit an application and attend an admissions interview in order to be accepted. We accept student throughout the year, not just between Nov. 15 and Feb. 15. The admissions process allows applicants to understand the CA Education Code requirements for independent study, as well as to discuss important factors related to successful online learning and student goals. If students are accepted to iHigh but then fail to meet the program requirements (as outlined in the iHigh Admissions Agreement), they will be referred back to their schools of residence, as per CA Ed Code requirements. iHigh does not currently have a waiting list for fulltime students.
Are iHigh courses offered 100% online?
Some yes and some no. iHigh is a blended/online program, which means that certain courses require a face-to-face component in order to meet state, district and University of CA requirements. For example, science courses require weekly hands-on labs. Courses such as Theatre, Journalism, Art, and Student Government meet weekly or bi-weekly on campus. Intervention programs for students testing below grade level also require weekly campus attendance. Some courses (e.g., English, history, and some electives) are completed mostly online. All online courses require at least two proctored exams, which must be taken on campus.
Is fulltime iHigh enrollment open to any high school student?
Legally, fulltime iHigh enrollment is open to any high school student (grades 9-12) who resides in San Diego, Imperial, Orange or Riverside counties. Logistically, because students need to come to campus for certain courses and proctored exams, most of our students reside within San Diego County. About 90% of fulltime iHigh students reside within San Diego Unified District boundaries. About 10% of fulltime students attend iHigh on an interdistrict transfer from another school district. Please note: An admissions interview is required to determine whether online independent study is an appropriate option for each student applicant.
Is part-time iHigh enrollment available?
Part-time enrollment (called "dual enrollment") is only available to students who are currently enrolled in a San Diego Unified high school. San Diego Unified students who are interested in dual enrollment should initiate this process with their high school counselor. No application is needed for SDUSD students seeking dual enrollment. Part-time enrollment (inpidual courses) is not available for charter school or other out-of-district students, due to legal considerations.
Does iHigh accept special needs students for fulltime enrollment?
Does iHigh accept special needs students for part-time (dual) enrollment?
The school counselors make enrollment decisions for dual enrollment students. The counselors should consider each student's ability to be successful in an online independent study program. Success factors include being self-directed, self-motivated, able to follow a pacing guide (calendar of due dates), able to read/write at least at a ninth-grade level, and proficient enough using email to maintain ongoing online communications with the iHigh teacher. The school counselor should provide a copy of a student's IEP or 504 plan to the iHigh counselor.
How much does it cost to attend iHigh?
Since iHigh is an SDUSD public high school, there is no charge for students to attend. Textbooks and other required equipment are available via checkout. As with most public schools, families are legally responsible for the cost or replacing lost or damaged textbooks or equipment. Some senior graduation activities are optional and may incur an extra cost. Advanced Placement and PSAT exams are optional and incur a registration fee.
Is transportation available to the iHigh campus?
There is no district transportation (e.g., SDUSD bus service) available for iHigh. However, the iHigh campus is located about three blocks away from the Old Town transit center (bus and trolley), making our campus accessible via public transportation from many neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. Free parking in our campus parking lot is available for students/parents who drive to campus.
Are iHigh courses UC a-g approved?
All iHigh core courses and many iHigh elective courses are UC a-g approved, which means they are accepted for University of CA (UC) and CA State University (CSU) admissions. iHigh's UC a-g list is available on the UC a-g web site.
Are iHigh courses NCAA approved?
Most iHigh core courses are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. iHigh's NCAA course list is available at: http://www.eligibilitycenter.com.
Is iHigh WASC-accredited?
Yes, iHigh is WASC-accredited through spring 2025. The iHigh program participated in a comprehensive WASC/CDE self-study and campus visitation during the 2018-19 school year. We received the full 6-year term of accreditation as a result of the WASC Committee review. (WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges; CDE: California Department of Education)
What if a student gets stuck in doing the coursework or needs to talk to a teacher?
iHigh teachers are actively involved in student instruction. Teachers are available on campus from 8 AM to 3:05 PM each school day. Students may "drop in" to the iHigh classroom during school hours, to get assistance or to take proctored exams. Students who wish to meet with a specific teacher are encouraged to make an appointment, to ensure that the teacher is available. Students also have access to iHigh teachers and support staff through phone, email and sometimes instant messaging.
Does iHigh provide an official transcript for courses taken?
Upon completion, iHigh courses are automatically posted to the student's San Diego Unified transcript. Non-SDUSD students who complete iHigh summer courses must request an official transcript, if needed.
Does iHigh offer summer courses?
The San Diego Unified School District offers credit recovery courses during the summer program, with options for attending 5-6 district, high school campuses to conduct face-to-face, proctored exams. Information on each year's selected high schools is usually available in mid-February.
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