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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Secondary & High Schools, 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: North Lake Tahoe, surrounding communities, and internationally

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

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iSchool provides students a flexible, yet rigorous, alternative to standard classroom education . I have taught mathematics at iSchool for several years now, and have watched the students thrive and achieve academically, while having time to pursue their passions: skiing, music, drama, among others. iSchool is an option the students earn every day with their dedication, perseverance and academic achievement. Who says you cannot excel in academics while being devoted to a sport or art? Not I.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a member of the North Lake Tahoe community I am more than grateful for the outstanding educational services provided by iSchool and its incredibly dedicated director Dr. Kathryn Kelly. This "local jewel" has provided educational enrichment services to our students, remedial accredited courses allowing credit-deficient public school students to graduate on time and a choice of structured enrichment courses for students which are not available in local public or private schools.
-James Clark-

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former I schools student, I'm very pleased at the outcome of the coursework and program. Ischools allowed me to lead a rigorous, but flexible class schedule which was built around my goals and timeline. I was exposed to college coursework as a high school student which reinforced my skills and will to achieve. Thank you Ischools for providing me an awesome educational experience when the public high school didn't work for me. I am now in college, ahead of schedule.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I schools provides a rigorous program for students to learn the way that works for them. Flexible pacing and coursework allows for individual student focus that meets the needs of each individual student's goals. Amazing options for student achievement as well as allows students to participate in extra curricular activities with a full course schedule.

Diana Eadington R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently engaged with iSchool while seeking an online math class for our middle schooler. She transferred schools this year and the math curriculum at her new school didn't match her level from last year. Kathryn at iSchool was very helpful in helping us navigate our options for on-line learning with tutoring support, and figuring out how to work out the required credits at the public school. So far we have been very pleased with the curriculum and tutoring, and feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our small town! Thank you, Diana

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter started with I-School in order to be able to focus on her skiing in the winter months (she has been taking classes all summer and fall to finish her entire sophomore year by December).
The great news is that she has easily learned more through I-School than through her previous traditional school. Kathryn and the staff at I-School tailor the curriculum to each student and the hands on sessions are great for her to ask questions about topics she needs help with. The combination of on-line classes coupled with personalized instruction at the school is an extremely effective way to learn. Another benefit is that my daughter is getting more sleep and has considerably more energy than she used to (when required to get up early for traditional school hours).
I would recommend I-School to anyone that wants their child to get better grades, be happier and more alert!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kathryn Kelly and the iSchool program have been amazing to work with. I have had both my children take classes through their program. They have been flexible and work with us to design a program that is unique for each child's needs. Kathryn is so knowledgeable about school requirements and is a strong advocate for her students. My son is a Junior in High School and is currently taking classes through his public high school, on-line program and community college. One of the benefits of him taking a TMCC college class through iSchool is that they support and guide him so that he can be successful. By the time he is taking college classes on his own, he will be well prepared and understand how to be successful. All high schools should be promoting this type of individualized curriculum. I highly recommend the iSchool program for any child who is looking for alternative or individualized education. It is affordable, supportive and inspires learning.

Donor

Rating: 5

Overall we have had a great experience with Ischool and have completely changed our expectations about education. Our family had the opportunity to live abroad for 4 months in the spring of 2018. I had a high schooler and an 8th grader. We enrolled the high schooler in Ischool and the 8th grader in the state public online school connections academy. What a difference. My high schooler was able to raise his GPA and scored a 5 on the AP Human Geo exam this spring with Ischool. He was also able to start taking community college courses to begin to work on the basic classes he will need in college. My 8th grader had a terrible experience with Connections. My high schooler loved Ischool. I think it was a success because my high schooler could: sleep late and get enough sleep; and work late at night when his teenage mind was most active. Ischool gave the ability to continue my son's education while giving him an abroad experience.

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.