Thinking of Online School? 2018 iForward Grads Have Advice to Share!

Making the transition from a traditional, brick-and-mortar public school to an online charter school like iForward can seem like a big leap.  Taking classes online might seem convenient, but you may still have questions lingering in your mind or even be doubting your own ability to succeed in a virtual learning environment.

We caught up with several members of iForward's 2018 graduating class to ask them this question: What advice would you give to someone thinking about attending iForward?  Here's what they had to say!

1. Take advantage of social opportunities

"I would let them know that it can be challenging at times - it depends on how social you are. But if you really get the hang of it and you start meeting and talking to all your classmates and everything then you can really have a great time, and it’s always fun because you can meet new people and get to know all kinds of different people from all over the state." - Madison

At iForward, we do everything we can to cultivate a safe space where every student can build meaningful friendships and forge lasting social connections without fear of being bullied.  Although we're an online charter school, we provide plenty of opportunities for our students to enjoy the company of their classmates, including summer trips to the Wisconsin Dells, in-person graduation ceremonies, lots of clubs and student groups, and more.  If you're a little shy or have had the unfortunate experience of being bullied in the past, we hope that our zero-tolerance bullying policy will, in time, help you feel comfortable taking advantage of some of these opportunities.

2. Self-discipline and motivation are key

"I would say that it's important to analyze how disciplined you are. If you feel that you may struggle to do things on your own, you may want to try to discipline yourself." - Jalen

"I would tell someone who’s considering (iForward) but not positive that it’s the right step or situation for them that you really do have to be determined and you do have to be able to have self-motivation, because it is an online school and you don’t have a teacher always by you to, you know, (say) like 'finish your homework, do your this, do your that.' You have to have that self-motivation, but it was really that family feeling, and teachers will support you through each step." - Margery

"I would say for someone who’s considering online school would be to look into it more, because if you’re motivated and you can get to your classes on time and get good grades then it’s a great way to do school." - Nathaniel 

We couldn't agree more - being a self-starter is sure to set you up for a successful transition to online school and is a key ingredient in achieving your high school diploma.  Unlike a traditional, brick-and-mortar school, taking classes online means that students are responsible for logging into class on time each day and getting homework turned in.  But don't worry, you're not on your own!  Our teachers and one-on-one guidance counselors will offer the support you need to stay on track and build up those skills of self-discipline and time management.  Once you get the hang of it, you're going to love the flexibility and freedom that an online education at iForward provides.  

3. Just do it!

"I would say to someone who was thinking of attending online school to definitely do it. It was probably the best decision I ever made and I absolutely loved it and it was perfect for me." - Cloey 

"If you’re not sure about going to online school, I say just give it a shot. If it’s in the back of your mind and you think this would be best for what your future entails, then definitely go for it, because I don’t regret it at all."- Skyler

We love hearing that our students are happy that they decided to give iForward a try.  No matter where you're coming from, if you make the switch, we think you'll be glad you did, too.

It's hard to believe, but the 2018-19 school year is just over one month away!  If you're a student (or parent with a student) in grades 6-12, living in Wisconsin, and interested in taking classes online, now is a great time to think seriously about coming to iForward.  Don't wait - apply today!