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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education, Secondary & High Schools, Special Education, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: ISchool's mission is to provide motivated learners of all ages with advanced educational opportunities, both onsite and online, in an atmosphere conducive to learning, mentoring and socialization.

Results: Over 300 students have taken more than 400 semesters of mastery-based, accredited courses.

Target demographics: students of all ages locally and remotely across several time zones

Geographic areas served: Incline Village and Reno, Nevada

Programs: challenging, accredited middle-school and high-school courses in a blended learning environment, involving online and face-to-face instruction, and a variety of AP, Honors and Core courses as well as fun electives.

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Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

Our son, William, has been an iSchool student for the past year. While enrolled there, he was able to earn his high school diploma a year early and has completed about 1/3 of the courses needed for his Associate's Degree from TMCC. We appreciate iSchool's ability to allow him to study on a flexible schedule that he could work around employment opportunities, family travel, etc. This was a MUCH better fit for Will than the traditional high school environment. Thank you, Kathryn Kelly and iSchool for helping Will reach important milestones with less drama, stress and ahead of schedule!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you, Kathryn for the genuine care, concern and attention to our daughter’s educational needs. There have been several times when you’ve helped us get information about how the Washoe County school system requirements work (or don’t work) and got answers for us to questions that we were struggling to get on our own through the school district. Even though it wasn’t your responsibility to know, you made it a point to find out what the requirements were and got our online course accepted by the high school- something that we hadn’t been able to do ourselves. That was just one example of how you have always been willing to “go the extra mile” for a student to help ensure their success. I wish all educators exemplified this type of passion and accountability. We will continue to look the the eLearning Cafe for our children’s special needs and recommend you to everyone we can. Keep up great work!

The note listed above was sent last year when our daughter was finishing her high school studies. She was struggling mightily with the social aspects of high school and just being "different" is enough to be disregarded by her peers if not outright bullied. She's now a freshman at UNR, studying Chemistry and excited to take her first steps in the adult world.. She's a bright girl with great potential but, as we all know, potential is not enough to succeed. It often "takes a village" to raise a child and I continue to regard Catherine and The e-Learning Cafe as one of the most valuable resources available to help the youth of our community take flight and soar. The level of support, caring, creativity and tenacity on behalf of the e-Learning students always comes through loud and clear. We owe Catherine and the e-Learning staff a huge debt of gratitude for their tireless efforts on behalf of our kids.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incline Village middle school and high school students are fortunate to have the resources of I-school to enhance the traditional learning opportunities offered in the local schools. Dr. Kelly is passionate about helping students reach their academic goals and learning potential through mastery based blended learning opportunities. I School also offers local SAT/ACT preparatory classes and guidance through the college application process.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ISchool has been a great option for my kids! Flexible schedules work well for sports training and travel opportunities. My kids also have the option to take accelerated courses and pursue their interests for the future before they get to college. -Jennifer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I school has encouraged my daughter to take a hold of her education and focus on her studies. I love I Schools flexible scheduling and how they allow you to study your interests to really engage in the learning experience. I School is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISchool is great for students who want to be flexible with their schedule while at the same time get a good education.

William F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISchool inspired me to finally take hold of my education and seek success rather than let success find me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great school, I love how individualized the program is

Client Served

Rating: 4

This past year we learned about the opportunities and benefits of blended learning at I-School. We are fortunate to live in a town with an excellent public high school, which has outstanding administrators and educators. My student is a motivated and passionate learner who is involved in high school sport and extracurricular activities. By incorporating an I School math curriculum into her high school schedule, my daughter has been able to enhance and expand her high school learning experience by taking advantage of individualized, mastery based programs, including personalized tutorials as needed. She is able to better manage her time, work to her own pace, and continue with her math studies year round. This is not only beneficial for learning retention and ACT/SAT exam preparation, but it has also opened up her schedule and allowed her to take other classes and explore additional subjects at her high school. We will continue to blend classes at I-School with the leading educational opportunities provided through our public high school and customize her college preparatory journey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son who is a gifted student has had an amazing experience at I-School. Advance level courses were tailed to fit his learning needs. The teachers were amazing and caring. He made wonderful friends and blossomed in this setting. I cannot thank Ms. Kathryn Kelly enough for creating such a wonderful learning experience. He is a confident and happy learner thanks to this school. Teruni Lamberg

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great education. Works perfectly with my sports schedule and education is better than anything I would get at a public school.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This school takes extraordinary efforts to support the individual needs of each and every student entrusted to their care. Their leaders truly believe in the capabilities in each learner and will take the time and care to unlock the potential in every student. I love their willingness to integrate traditional and non-traditional methods.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sixth grade daughter has hated school for as long as I can remember. She began attending ISchool in Reno two months ago and told me immediately that she liked it - what?!? Her whys: It's quiet, she gets one on one attention from the teacher as needed and was given the independence and latitude to create her own elective course. She's moved from 'hating' math to finding it 'not that bad' - and has moved up two grade levels in math in this short amount of time. Her teacher understands her strengths, builds on her weaknesses and gives her the added confidence she needs to *want* to learn.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never been happier with the homeschooling support that I get with the staff at I School! My daughters love the one on one interaction from teachers but drive on the independence that they are allowed to have at the same time. Thank you, Katherine for having such an open mind on education. -Debra

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love i school. i have learned more in science and in math like algebra and rocks and minerals .the teachers are amazing .i like it because its smaller then other schools .and it starts at ten in the morning so i can sleep in and take my time .i can't wait to keep on doing it !

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Client Served

Rating: 4

yes i really like Ischool it is really cool . I like the English because it is really fun!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I like the ischool it is great i have learned a lot here I have great times.I like the science a lot it is way more fun because it gives me a challenge

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has learning differences and the ISchool has created an individualized curriculum that has moved him up several grade levels in math and english in just 6 months. The staff is caring and the environment is ideal for a student who needs focused instruction and support. We are thrilled to have this wonderful school in our community!

1 Kimmy F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kathryn and the staff at ISchool are absolutely amazing! They have been such a blessing to my family. My daughter had struggled in school for 6 years. Even with an IEP she continued to fall further behind. In May, I made the decision to pull her out of public school and enroll her at ISchool full time. I could not be happier with her progress in the few months she's been going! She is excited to learn again. She comes home everyday beaming and proud of herself for what she has accomplished. I can't wait to see what the future holds for her at ISchool.

1 Jessica287

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been trying very hard for 3 years to find help for my gifted and talented son that seemed to lose focus in math. He arrived in middle school with an A in all subjects including math. After repeatedly asking for help at the public middle school and getting nowhere, it ended with my son passing 8th grade algebra. However no-one told us. He was told to repeat the grade and only when sitting for the exam was he told he had already passed and was not to do the exam!!! I turned to I -School for catch up on the Geometry he should of taken in 9th grade. I could ill afford this yet it proved to be amazing. This way of learning for his style and he has excelled. This has restored his faith in his ability to learn and grow as a scholar.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 8th Grade student here in Incline Village and I was struggling in Math. I went to "i" School and told them my issues. The tutors and staff were great and helped me achieve a really good grade for the second quarter at my school. I will continue to utilize there service through my school years. Zach.P