iA Offerings & Policies

throwWe’re Washington’s first online public school. Come learn with us!

Since 1996, we’ve connected K-12 students with WA State certified teachers. When we say, “For every raised hand, an answer,” we mean it!


Our Course Catalog offers courses from kindergarten through high school. With new courses coming online each term, we continue to expand our offerings to meet student needs with many courses available, such as Credit Retrieval.


 We offer enrollment for the regular school year starting in August and courses close as they are filled. Courses in grades K-8 are year-long. High school courses are semester-based and follow the Federal Way Public Schools calendar. Enrollment for our 6-week summer program takes place beginning mid-May.  Visit our enrollment page for details on the enrollment process.

High School Graduation Diploma

Internet Academy offers a high school diploma to full-time iA students who meet all the requirements of Federal Way Public Schools.

Required Course/Credits for Class of 2019 & beyond:   Graduation requirements

Planning for High School and Beyond:  What do you want to do after you graduate? Choosing the right courses during high school can give students a competitive edge in the post-high school world.

Credit Retrieval

Offered during the regular school year and summer session

Credit Retrieval courses are for students who have already taken a particular course and not earned credit. A diagnostic assessment, given at the beginning of the course, will help indicate what standards the student has previously met, and what skills still need to be practiced and demonstrated. Based on the results of the diagnostic assessment, a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) for meeting standards will be developed by the teacher and then communicated to the student. Upon successful completion of the course, the student earns a passing grade (C) and .5 credit in the given course.

Overview:  Credit Retrieval courses have been designed to be completed within a 6-9 week session period. Students should plan on spending 90-120 minutes per school day (or approximately 45 total hours) to complete the course within six (6) weeks.

However, we realize that due to student skills, time-consuming regular school work, and other activities, some students may not be able to finish the course within the 6-week designed session. During the regular school year we encourage all students to formulate a plan to complete the course within six (6) weeks. However, we do allow students up to a maximum of twelve (12) weeks to complete the course. All summer credit retrieval sessions are limited to 6 weeks.

Availability:  Enrollment for Credit Retrieval courses begins one week after regular school starts. For specific dates, please refer to our frequently updated Calendars. Students must have all required forms turned into the IA offices including verification of previously taking the course they want to retrieve. Full payment must also be made prior to the student starting the course.

Cost: Credit retrieval courses are offered for tuition of $205.00 per course. All tuition is non-refundable.

Perfect for “Home-Schoolers”

In iA’s decade of online experience, we have seen a growing number of families choose to home school their children. While many of these families have taken courses with us, others choose to home school independently. Regardless of your choice, helpful information and resources await you below.

We provide this because we believe that Washington’s children—those learning at home, those learning in public school, and those learning online—deserve a first-rate education and we take pride in our ten years of augmenting homeschooling for our families

There are multiple laws that impact how home school families home school their children. The following laws reference specifically or in part information about providing Home-Based Instruction:

RCW 28A.225.010, 28A.225.015, 28A.200.010, and 28A.200.020

In addition, the Office of Public Instruction has produced a publication called the “Pink Book“. This PDF booklet may also be purchased in hardcopy from OSPI by calling 360-725-6423. The OSPI website also has additional information regarding homeschooling

In August 2005 the rules governing Alternative Learning, WAC 392.121.182, were modified to include Digital Learning Programs such as the Internet Academy. There are multiple entries within this revised law referring to home school students, emphasis added:

(1)(a) Individual courses of study for students who meet the definition for enrollment specified by WAC 392-121-106. Students may enroll part-time in alternative learning experiences. Such enrollment shall be subject to the provisions of RCW 28A.150.350 and chapter 392-134 WAC;

(3)(e) A school district that provides one or more alternative learning experiences to a student shall provide the parent(s) or guardian of the student, prior to the student’s enrollment, with a description of the difference between home-based instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.200 RCW and the enrollment option selected by the student. The parent or guardian shall sign documentation attesting to his or her understanding of the difference and the documentation shall be retained by the district and made available for audit.

(6)(b) The educational progress of students enrolled in alternative learning experiences shall be assessed at least annually, using, for full-time students, the state assessment for the student’s grade level and using any other annual assessments required by the school district. Part-time students shall also be assessed at least annually. However, part-time students who are either receiving home-based instruction under chapter 28A.200 RCW or who are enrolled in an approved private school under chapter 28A.195 RCW are not required to participate in the assessments required under chapter 28A.655 RCW.

Homeschool Web Resources

Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) – The Washington Homeschool Organization (WHO) is a statewide, non-profit membership organization. Its mission is to serve the diverse interests of home-based education in Washington State.

Washington State Homeschool Law – a basic overview of the homeschool law in Washington state, not a comprehensive, verbatim duplicate of it.

Homeschool Legal Defense Association – brief summary of the homeschooling law in Washington.

Out-of-State Information

Any student residing out side of Washington state may take Internet Academy classes as long as he or she is between the ages of 6 and 21 years. However, since the student is not currently a resident of Washington State the student must pay a fee for each class. The tuition fee currently charged is $345 per semester class. A student is given 90 school days to complete high school class credits and all classes are designed to be completed by a student working about 5-7 hours per week.

Although no attendance is taken for our tuition students, our teachers will communicate to parent/guardian regarding the student’s progress within each class. In addition we offer an electronic progress reports via our web site at the 9-week point of the semester. Both the student and the parent are given login information to be able to view these reports.

Our entire program is fully accredited.

Special Education and 504 Plans

Internet Academy is a choice program offering general education courses. iA does not have a special education program or case managers. The following registration process ensures all scholars would have the most appropriate placement based on services and needs required in the IEP / 504 Plan:

  • The parent(s)/guardian(s) will provide Internet Academy with the most current IEP and/or Section 504 Plan for review.
  • The IEP/504 Plan is reviewed by the FWPS Student Support Services team. This review will happen within 2 weeks of receiving a complete application and a digital copy of the 504/IEP.
  • The team meets and reviews the courses requested, disability area, PLP, special education and related services.
  • All Internet Academy courses are General Education courses and cannot be fundamentally altered to meet the IEP/504 Plan requirements.
  • If the team determines that placement in Internet Academy is appropriate for general education courses and does not alter the fundamental nature of the program, the student is accepted and a welcome email will be mailed to the scholar and parent/guardian.
  • If the scholar is a shared enrollment with another school, the case manager from that school will retain all responsibility pertaining to the IEP requirements and ensure all accommodations will be met through the resident (shared) school.
  • Internet Academy requires a written agreement with the resident school and current case manager stating that all required services and accommodations are being met through the resident school.
  • Communication between the case manager and Internet Academy teachers remains open while the student attends IA.
  • Students are expected to meet Internet Academy attendance policy and grade level expectations.
  • The shared scholar enrollment process can be found in detail in the FWPS Special Education Procedural Manual.

If Internet Academy enrollment is found not to be the appropriate placement for scholars, a letter will be sent to the family from FWPS Student Support Services with other enrollment options and district contact information.

Federal Way Public Schools policies and procedures provide all students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the Internet Academy. They provide that a student with a disability will not be excluded from the program, except where careful consideration has been given to the services, modifications, or adjustments necessary for such a student to participate, and where it has been determined that such services or modification would fundamentally alter the nature of the program.

 iA Policies + Transcripts

Student Learning Expectations:

  • Students need a computer meeting system requirements as posted online, and daily Internet access (click link to read specific technical requirements). Students most often work at home and should set up an environment and daily schedule conducive to learning.
  • Students are expected to communicate with teachers and complete assignments as part of their learning day, each school day.
  • Successful secondary students schedule 60-90 minutes per day, per course to study and complete assignments. Elementary classes require a 5-8 hour weekly commitment. Students are expected to work consistently toward completion of their courses. Credit is earned by completing the course.
  • Computers do crash or experience technical problems. Student work still needs to be completed on a consistent weekly basis. The student is responsible to locate another computer with Internet access until their own is repaired or replaced. Suggestions: local library, friend’s home, or parent’s work. Students should save all assignments to an external drive.
  • Self-motivated education means the major responsibility belongs to the student to stay on target with course assignments. Teachers offer guidance, instruction, and feedback. Schedules and checklists are posted online.

Parent Learning Expectations:

  • Learning online is a Student – Parent – Teacher partnership. Parent involvement increases student success. When parents stay involved in making schedules, familiarizing themselves with course material, assignments and grades, and communicate with teachers, students have a high degree of success.
  • Parents receive a login to iA Campus on Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS) to view their students courses, content, and grades.

Getting Started:

  • Visit our enrollment page to enroll  and select the portal that best describes your student.
  • Applicants become enrolled in iA after completing the Online Orientation and electronically submitting registration forms. Courses will be added after the forms have been received.
  • It is the responsibility of the student and parent to contact Internet Academy immediately for assistance with any problems getting started . For technical help, please call (253) 945-5842 or contact us.  iA provides technical support for our programs. We can not provide technical support for personal devices.

Credit and Grading:

  • Confirmation that iA courses meet a student’s graduation requirements is the responsibility of the student and parent. Please check with your school counselor. iA is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC).
  • Credit for courses is earned when all course work is completed to meet State and District expectations.
  • Grades on assignments must be at passing level. Revisions may be required to meet learning expectations. FWPS students must meet C- grade expectations to earn credit.
  • All secondary courses earn .5 credit and should be completed within one semester (18 weeks).
  • Course grades are posted online and are current within a two week period. Teachers will provide parents additional progress information when requested.
  • Intentional deception (copying, plagiarism, cheating, etc.) in the preparation or completion of any school assignment, examination or project, or aiding such behavior by others, is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.
  • Upon completion of courses, final grades issued will be A, B, C, or F. If a student withdraws after the nine week Drop period, an F will be recorded as a final grade.


  • Students residing in Washington state are required to attend school (RCW28A.225). Internet Academy students are required to “attend” class, just like students in a building school setting. Attendance is defined as WEEKLY assignment completion and contact with teachers.
  • Students absent for a period of 20 consecutive school days, defined as no assignments submitted, will be withdrawn from course(s), or from the program, with grade(s) earned at that time.
  • When a withdraw occurs at Internet Academy, students must enroll in their resident building school, or other educational program (does not apply if Intent to Provide Home-based Instruction has been filed).

Satisfactory Progress:

  • According to WAC 392-121-182 our teachers are required to monitor Satisfactory Progress on a monthly basis.
  • Weekly Academy Contact (WAC): State regulations require students in online programs to have weekly academic contact with each teacher. This occurs as students become actively engaged with the curriculum and online instruction, submitting assignments to make progress in learning and successfully complete courses. Students have multiple opportunities and methods to achieve weekly academic contact and receive teacher assistance and feedback: email, instant chat, live online sessions, assignments, phone, and face – to – face meetings by appointment.
  • Monthly Academy Progress (MAP) : Students earn an academic progress mark each month based on their progress compared to their individual Learning Plan Contract, and course completion date. Students earn Academically Exceeding (AE), Academically Meeting (AM), or Academic Probation (AP). AP marks involve communication with the parent/guardian, and an intervention to give the student additional opportunities to get back on pace toward successful course completion. Teachers will send an email regarding MAP and ask for a response. Students are required to respond within 2 school days to each teacher . Consecutive months of AP may result in withdrawal from iA.
  • If a withdraw occurs at Internet Academy, students must enroll in their resident building school, or other educational program (does not apply if Intent to Provide Home-based Instruction has been filed).

Assignment Completion:

  • Completed assignments are required for EACH CLASS, EACH WEEK. Some courses require class chats, projects, portfolios, presentations, or in-person assessments.
  • Students are required to use their assigned Genius and Canvas LMS accounts to submit all required work and to communicate with their assigned iA teacher.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to SAVE assignments as a back up and to be sure assignments are submitted through the appropriate tools within our Canvas system.
  • For specific assistance, students should contact their teacher via e-mail.
  • Teachers’ first responsibility is to work with active, working students. Time permitting, contact will be made with parents of non-working students.

Course Completion:

  • Secondary courses earn .5 credit per semester, and need to be completed by semester dates for students to stay on track for graduation. Elementary students also should work consistently toward semester course completion. Suggested schedules for assignment completion called the Checklist are posted within each course. All Apex courses use the Apex Calendar in place of our Checklist.
  • At the end of the semester, a final grade (A,B,C,F) will be issued in grades K-12. It is important for students to complete courses in the  traditional semester time frame or quicker in order to stay on pace for graduation. Not completing all the required work may result in failing a course.
  • If tuition is paid for a course, the student will have 18 weeks to complete the course, or until the end of school, whichever comes first.

Request for Withdrawal/Dropping a Course:

Students may officially withdraw from our program or drop a course within the FIRST NINE WEEKS of admission without grade penalty. Requests for withdrawal or dropping a course must be made by parent/guardian.

Contacting Teachers:

Teacher information (phone, e-mail, course schedules) is available through the student’s Genius and iA Campus account and the parent’s Genius account. The most efficient way to contact an iA teacher is via email.


Transcripts and/or Internet Academy Course Reports will be mailed home at the end of the school year. Additional Transcript mailing, such as a copy to your resident building school, or other educational program, may be requested at any time by completing the Transcript Request form by using the link found at the Internet Academy Home Page, or calling (253) 945-5807.