Homeschool Information

Homeschooling in Illinois is considered to be a form of private education. Parents who choose to educate their children at home are under a legal obligation to meet the minimum requirements stated in Illinois Compulsory Attendance Law (Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code).

How can IVS support the homeschool experience?

IVS is a state-approved online supplemental program for students in grades 6-12. IVS is very proud to provide over high quality courses with Illinois licensed teachers who support the learning process. Though IVS doesn’t award credit or issue a high school diploma, students completing IVS courses are issued a completion report that includes the course and percentage earned. 

What does Illinois Virtual School provide?
  • Highly qualified and Illinois licensed in their subject area teachers
  • Expanded offerings that include Original Credit/Full-Service courses like Advanced Placement, World Languages, Core Courses, and Electives. 
    • Cost per semester course is $240.
    • Multiple start dates throughout the course year (typically one start date a month, except July).
      NOTE: Students can request to take a course for the 8/24 term through the end-of-the-day August 27.
  • Flexible scheduling with 24/7 course access
  • Completion Report with suggested grade after the course is completed.
    Note: IVS does not issue diplomas.  Homeschools award their own diplomas.

Students will create an IVS account and choose ‘Home School’ as their school organization, and then request to take a course. All course requests for Homeschool students are approved by the IVS Registrar, Lara Zink ([email protected]).

IVS can provide coursework for a complete homeschool schedule. Once completed, IVS adds the course to the Completion Report, which can be downloaded by the student and parent/guardian in the IVS SIS.

Do Teachers Provide Live Instruction?

At any given time, IVS serves thousands of students from hundreds of different schools with each student needing to access their course at a different time. For this reason, we do not provide or require students to attend “live” instruction.

Courses are asynchronous which means we do not require students to login at a specific time or attend a “Zoom” lecture at a specific time. Students choose when they log in and how they allocate their time in the course based on a pacing guide we provide. Teachers are available for 1:1 phone calls, instant chats, or video conferencing by appointment. All teachers respond to student questions within 24 hours and provide assignment feedback within 72 hours. Although teachers may hold virtual office hours, these will be optional for students with some exceptions depending on the course enrolled such as World Language.

Commonly Asked Homeschool Questions and Answers

For other common questions related to the IVS program, please visit our general FAQ page.

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New to Homeschooling in general?

Illinois State Board of Education Homeschooling page provides a wealth of information on registration, requirements, resources, community, and more.