About Illinois Virtual School (IVS)

Illinois Virtual School was established in 2001 as the official supplemental virtual learning provider of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Over the past 20 years, IVS has been the trusted and highest-quality online learning school serving the best interest of our educational communities across Illinois. This work continues today. IVS is a proud participant of the ISBE's virtual course catalog. Public school districts that enroll students in courses from the catalog can request reimbursement from ISBE and subject to appropriations by the General Assembly. For more information about Illinois's course catalog, please visit their website here.

Our entire team believes we are more powerful together than we are alone, and we work to be inclusive of all voices across Illinois. IVS complements, not competes, with our partners. Simply put, we exist to help our partners generate the best outcomes for students.

A school partnership with IVS provides:

  • an opportunity for students to take courses not offered by their face-to-face school, such as Advanced Placement, world languages, and other enrichment opportunities;
  • flexibility in scheduling with enrollment terms starting throughout the year;
  • credit recovery options for students to graduate on time; and
  • individualized instruction that occurs anytime and anywhere through teacher managed courses.

The IVS program is administered through the Peoria County Regional Office of Education #48, a member of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS). Working in partnership with public and private schools as well as homeschooled students, IVS offers both classes for students and professional development programs for educators through online web-bases services. Online learning increases educational access to improve educational outcomes.

Illinois Virtual School is also a member of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, an association of the chiefs of virtual programs that provides collegial support and collaborative opportunities to the individual members and member organizations to share resources, services, and expertise.

For more information on IVS, or to inquire about research opportunities, please contact:

Kip Pygman, Director
Illinois Virtual School
C/O Peoria ROE #48
324 Main Street Room 401
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 676-1000 ext. 1060
Email: [email protected]