New Students - Getting Started with IVS

The first step that needs to be taken, no matter if the student attends a public, private, or home school, or if the student is part of a school's Full-Class Implementation, is to create an IVS Student Account.

Please take the time to read through each step below to get a thorough understanding of the process before accessing the corresponding Help Guides provided below the Steps.
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Step One: Student Creates an IVS Account

An account is made only once. The student and the parent/guardian will need an email account to create the account and complete the application. It can be the same email account or two different accounts, but be sure to use email that is checked regularly by both the student and parent/guardian.

When a student creates an account, at least one parent/guardian account is made at the same time. A unique username will be created automatically within the system, but the student and parent/guardian can create his/her own password.

IMPORTANT STEP - Account Activation

When the account is created, the IVS system will automatically send an email with an account verification link. The student MUST click the link and follow the steps to verify your account for future logins.

Note:  Making an IVS account is a two-step process. You must verify your account through the email you receive after submitting the first part of the "create account" process.  Once verified, you will log into the system to complete the application and associate yourself with the correct school name.  Homeschool students will select Home School from the drop down menu of schools in the Organization field of the application.

Step Two: Student Requests Course or School Registrar Directly Enrolls Student in Course

Students may request to take a course OR the designated IVS school Registrar can directly enroll the student without the student making a request to take a course. Students will not be enrolled in a course until the school's designated IVS Registrar approves the course request or directly enrolls the student in the course. Students will receive an email from IVS ([email protected]) when the student has been enrolled.

IVS strongly recommends that students attending public or private schools work closely with their counselor to select appropriate IVS course(s) and the correct start date. Be sure to ask if you should request to take a course or if the school will directly enroll you in the course. If you are a student participating within the Full-Class Implementation model, you do not need to request a course because IVS or your IVS Registrar will enroll you in the appropriate school-only section. 


  • Students needing online instructional support to complete a course for NCAA accreditation will need to enroll in our Full Service Courses.
  • Credit Recovery courses are organized separately from Full Service courses. Please make sure to select the course from the appropriate department.

Step Three: Prepare Computer or Device

If you are a student taking the course on your own computer or device, be sure to that you are using the recommended operating system and supported web browser, allowing pop-ups, and clearing your cache so content will be accessible.

If you are using a school device, be sure to work with your tech department/person to prepare your device by sharing the resources below.

Step Four: Complete Student Orientation

Before you start your course, IVS highly recommends that all new students take the time to go through the Getting Started at IVS Orientation to better prepare for successful completion of online courses.

Step Five: Access the Course

Students will not have immediate access to a course once enrolled. Our course system and information snyc up once around noon and again around midnight.

For Credit Recovery courses, there is a 12-24 hour delay between the time you are registered and enrolled to the time when you can access the course.

For Full Service courses, you should start on the course start date if you were approved or enrolled at least one day before the scheduled start date. If the course is approved after the scheduled start date, it will be between 12-24 hours until you gain access.


  • If you click the Launch Course button and receives an "unauthorized" message, you are trying to access the course too soon. Try again after Noon or Midnight.
  • If you click the Launch Course button and it seems nothing happens, you need to enable pop-ups so that the course will open in a new tab

Additional Materials for Class

You may also need to secure additional materials outside the online content. Be sure to use the highlighted link to check to see if you need additonal materials.


Help Guide: How to Create
Your IVS Account

Help Guide: How to Request
to Take An IVS Course

Help Guide: Prepare Your Computer or Device

Help Guide: How to Access Your Course

Log into the IVS
Student Information System (SIS)