The Illinois State Board of Education awarded the statewide, supplemental virtual school contract to the Peoria County Regional Office of Education in 2009 as the result of a Request for Proposals.
Working in partnership with public and private schools throughout Illinois, IVS offers standard aligned courses for students in grades 5-12 and professional development programs for educators. Each IVS course has an Illinois-certified instructor facilitating the course and working with students.
IVS's partnership with the public and private schools provides:
- An opportunity for students to take courses not offered by their face-to-face school, such as Advanced Placement, foreign languages, and other enrichment opportunities;
- Flexibility in scheduling;
- Credit recovery options for students to graduate on time; and
- Individualized instruction that occurs anytime and anywhere through teacher managed courses.
Upon course completion, IVS provides the school and student with a Completion Certificate that includes a suggested final grade and percent. The local school determines the final grade that is added to the official transcript for the student. Since IVS partners —not competes—with schools, the local school retains their students and can offer expanded learning opportunities.
IVS website to learn more about the program.