Online high schools in Illinois
Illinois is home to a wide range of Web-based educational options, including a blend of traditional brick-and-mortar schooling and online learning for Chicago students. Students in other areas can sign up for specific online courses through a state program. For full-time studies, private Illinois online high schools offer many choices, including customized curriculum options.
Public, private and home schooled Illinois students can enroll in a selection of online courses, including Advanced Placement subjects, through the Illinois Virtual School, or IVS. The program features certified teachers, coursework meeting state standards and flexible enrollment dates. Multimedia course materials are available, but students need access to computers that meet minimum technical requirements.
Tuition costs for online high schools in Illinois
Fall and spring semester charges are $250 per IVS course. If a full-time student takes an online course during regular school hours and it counts toward required instruction, the school is responsible for the enrollment fee but may charge a lab fee; part-time students are expected to pay online course fees. Local school districts may also pay the course fee under other circumstances -- for example, if a class doesn't fit into a student's schedule or is not offered at the home school.
Some school districts in Illinois also contract with private education providers to offer online courses at their schools. Students can also attend private, tuition-based, online high schools but must pay the fees.
Additional benefits for Chicago residents
High school students who reside in Chicago can attend the city's virtual school, which features multiple online curriculum options with individualized learning plans. This program is tuition free because it is part of the Chicago public school system. Loaner computers and printers are provided at no cost, as well as a stipend to offset the cost of high-speed Internet access.