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IDEAL is an in-house cyber option for IASD students, which began for the 2011-2012 school year. The Indiana Area School District’s goal is to blend traditional course work with a continuum of options, including in-school online course instruction, and off-site cyber-based course instruction. IDEAL provides students with the flexibility and convenience of a quality virtual education and offers students " the best of both worlds." While attending IDEAL either full time or in a blended, half-day traditional school/half-day cyber setting, students may also participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
IDEAL offers a personal touch and a local presence. Students are able to access Indiana Area School District’s on-campus computer lab or meet with an instructor in person should the need arise. The PSSA, Keystone Exams, and other national, state and local tests that are required by any public cyber school can be taken within the District.
Students who meet the District’s requirements may participate in dual enrollment courses at IUP and Westmoreland Community College and earn college credit while still in high school.
Students enrolled in IDEAL may study half-day at Indiana County Technology Center to pursue a course of study leading to certification in many vocational and technical careers.
The purpose of IDEAL is to offer students the education they need to prepare for life in the 21st century. It provides students with opportunities they may not previously have had through their public education or cyber school experience. IDEAL is proud to meet the needs and wants of students and their parents in the same quality academic environment with which stakeholders have become accustomed to in the Indiana Area School District.
For more information about how IASD is adapting to the ever changing educational environment