Directory of Distance Learning Opportunities, K-12

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Institution Description: Independent Study in Idaho is a consortium of colleges and universities in Idaho offering high school courses for credit through distance learning. Included in the consortium are Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, and the University of Idaho.

Official(s): Julie Rinard, State Coordinator

Geographic Access: Worldwide

Delivery: Print-based

Grade Level: High School

Admission: Courses are open to everyone. If the applicant is enrolled in high school, written permission to register for a course must be obtained from a high school official. If the applicant is not currently enrolled in a high school, he/she may simply register for a course.

Tuition/Fees: $150 per course which is broken down as $90 per semester course plus $60 administrative fee per course. The registration fee does not include textbook, study guide, or supplemental materials. These may be purchased by the student from the University of Idaho Bookstore (208) 885-5953. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover Card accepted.

Enrollment Period: Students may enroll at any time of the year. Students have one year from enrollment date to finish a course. If more time is needed, a six-month extension may be obtained for a fee of $35; a second extension of one year may be granted for a fee of $90; there are no extensions after 30 months.

Equipment Requirements: Some courses require the use of audio- and/or videocassette tapes.

Credit and Grading: Credit is awarded in Carnegie units; ½ unit per semester course. Letter grades are assigned (A-F). Examinations must be supervised by an approved proctor. Persons qualified to serve as proctors include private or public school superintendents, principals, counselors, certified librarians, civil service examiners, judges, U.S. Armed Forces Education Officers, and clergy members. Relatives and tutors may not serve as proctors, no matter what their position. Independent Study in Idaho does not grant diplomas or GEDs; final grades are submitted to the local high school that will grant the diploma.

Library Services: Students are encouraged to utilize their local library facilities and the vast information resources to be found on the Internet.

Accreditation: Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges



Biology I: Study of the characteristics of living organisms, the biology of plants, the study of disease, and the study of heredity. (½ unit) Biology II: A continuation of Biology I dealing with the biology of lower and higher animals, the study of reproduction, and biological conservation. (½ unit)

Earth Science

Earth Science I: Geology and hydrology, including mineralogy, study of rock types, environmental resources, basic geography, fundamentals of soil science, and the dynamic nature of the planet. (½ unit)

Earth Science II: Basic oceanography, general astronomy, meteorology, and geology. (½ unit)


Consumer Economics I: Basic consumer economics for individual use, specifically adapted to the secondary students. (½ unit)


Ninth Grade English I: Exploration of various literary forms through reading and writing of short stories and essays. Practice in abstract concepts such as symbolism, themes, and characterization. Examination of the parts of writing at both the detailed and general level. (½ unit)

Ninth Grade English II: A continuation of the examination of the parts of writing and literary styles including simile, metaphor, and so on through the study of poetry. Exploration of great literary works by Shakespeare as well as the Petrarchan style. Study of dramatic forms and methods of writing research papers. (½ unit)

Tenth Grade English I: Exploring, understanding, and appreciating genre as a means of approaching literary works. Composition focuses on extending narrative, descriptive, and expository writing on expressing personal views and opinions, and on experimenting with the various genres taught in literature. (½ unit)

Tenth Grade English II: A continuation of Tenth Grade English I. (½ unit)

Eleventh Grade English I: Improves ability to understand and describe the world. This course covers the American experience as shared by writers in their search to explain themselves and their surrounding. (½ unit)

Eleventh Grade English II: A continuation of Eleventh Grade English I. (½ unit)

Twelfth Grade English I: A study of British literature to offer students insight on human experience. Written responses to literature and writing assignments that cover appropriate forms used n the academic or post-high school world. (½ unit) Twelfth Grade English II: A continuation of Twelfth Grade English I. (½ unit)


American Government I: A study of the principles of the American system of government so that high school students can understand the rights and responsibilities that come with citizenship, enabling them to participate as citizens in the governmental process. Conforms to requirements set forth by the State of Idaho’s Department of Education. (½ unit)

State and Local Government II: Study of the organization and operation of the state and local governments in Idaho and the nation. (½ unit)


Health Education: Study of personal wellness, focusing on positive health habits and lifestyle; emphasis is on student self-awareness for better health and development of personal skills for health improvement. The units studied include mental and emotional health, fitness and nutrition, substance abuse, the spread and prevention of disease, HIV, safety and first aid, environmental health, life stages, personal health, and family living. (½ unit)


American History I: A survey of U.S. history from the age of the explores through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis on unique development of American culture and institutions, events and issues that shaped them. (½ unit)

American History II: A survey of U.S. history from Reconstruction to t he modern day. Emphasis on the U.S. role as a world power in the twentieth century, the domestic problems faced by Americans at that time, and the challenges of the future. (½ unit)

World History I: A survey of world cultures. The first units cover the land and peoples of various areas and their contribution to civilization. The next units discuss revolution and nationalism. The last unit covers the modern world. (½ unit)

World History II: A study course tracing the development of humanity, culture, nations, ideas and problems from the fifteenth century to the present day. A study of art, science, government, religious influence, cultural growth and historical events to develop an understanding of how these influence ideas, events, moods, and movements in the twentieth-century world. (½ unit)


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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Introduction v
  • Academy of Home Education 1
  • Independent Study in Idaho 94
  • Jeffconet Academy 107
  • Oklahoma State University 158
  • Star Schools 187
  • University of Colorado at Boulder 217
  • Subject Index of Courses Offered, by Level 283
  • Course Level Index 299
  • Geographic Index 301


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