We are committed to offering creative and formative exploration courses. Students take 6 classes a semester including LitComp, Social Science, Math, Science, Physical Education and an exploration course. As a small school, our schedule allows students to be enrolled in one exploration course. Note: we tend to not call these classes electives because students cannot 'elect' the classes - they are assigned or fit within the students schedules.
Each year our exploration courses are a little different based on adjustments in the matrix of classes and the qualifications and passions of our teachers.
Exploration courses have included:
- Art - all students receive a semester of Art in both 6th and in 7th grade
- Creative Writing
- Applied Mathematics
- Games & Logic
- Intro to Psychology
- Interpersonal Communications - 8th grade course
- Social Justice - 8th grade course
Math Support Courses: Students are identified for math support by their math Test & Quizzes grades and through individual selection determined by parents and teachers.
Research shows that the use of both visual and performing arts in classroom teaching is an effective way of helping students engage new material and process it at a deeper level. Teachers at IVA have the autonomy to incorporate art into classrooms and lessons wherever they see fit, so that they may deepen their students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject matter.