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Visual Guide to IOAPA Middle School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA Middle School Course infographic using data from 2018-2019 IOAPA students! This, along with our high school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on the Support Materials page. 

Visual Guide to IOAPA Middle School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA Middle School Course infographic using data and feedback from 2017-2018 IOAPA students and mentors! This, along with our high school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on the Support Materials … Continue reading

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Visual Guide to IOAPA Middle School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA Middle School Course infographic using data and feedback from 2016-2017 IOAPA students and mentors! This, along with our high school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on the … Continue reading

IOAPA for Middle School: It’s Time to Prepare for Above-Level Testing!

We are nearing the end of 2018! Although there are many fun and stressful end-of-year activities and holidays approaching, we encourage you to think about planning for 2019 Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) coursework. The best way to do so for … Continue reading

IOAPA for Middle School – Advice From Current Mentors

A recent question on the Belin-Blank Center’s email listserv for gifted education teachers sparked a conversation about various success stories and best practices from experienced IOAPA mentors. With their consent, I have gathered that advice into a blog post so … Continue reading

A (New) Visual Guide to Middle School IOAPA Courses

With the introduction of our middle school courses in Fall 2015, many students and teachers may still have questions about the types of courses offered by the Iowa Online AP Academy, who these classes might benefit, and how to select … Continue reading

Middle School IOAPA and High School Credit

Advanced coursework is extremely beneficial for high ability students at all levels. At the secondary level, though, concerns about earning credits and grades may influence the decision to offer or take appropriately challenging coursework. Schools often have difficulty determining how … Continue reading

A Visual Guide to Middle School IOAPA Courses

With the introduction of our middle school courses in Fall 2015, many students and teachers may still have questions about the types of courses offered by the Iowa Online AP Academy, who these classes might benefit, and how to select … Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: IOAPA for Middle School Students

Over the last year, we’ve covered several different aspects of our new IOAPA program for middle school students. Our middle school program allows students in grades 6-8 to take high-school-level classes online while still in middle school. The classes provide … Continue reading

Middle School IOAPA: Working Out Credit Concerns

As we’ve discussed throughout the implementation of our middle school program, the addition of middle school IOAPA courses often creates new situations and challenges to work through for teachers and administrators hoping to provide these options for their high ability … Continue reading

IOAPA at Your Middle School: How Do IOAPA Courses Align With State Standards?

This post is part of our series on Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy courses for middle school students. To read the entire series, click here. When seeking to add IOAPA courses to your school’s curriculum, there are many questions that … Continue reading

Are You Interested in IOAPA for Middle Schoolers?

This fall, we are excited to announce new IOAPA opportunities for middle school students in Iowa. We are rolling out several rigorous online courses intended specifically for students in grades 6-8 in order to increase access to challenging coursework for … Continue reading

Middle School IOAPA: Working Through Challenges

This is the final part of a three-part series on implementing our new above-level online middle school courses.  Read the first post here and the second post here. To continue our discussion on middle school IOAPA implementation, we’ve been exploring … Continue reading

Middle School IOAPA: Working Through Challenges

This is part two of a three-part series on implementing our new above-level online middle school courses.  Read the first post here. Last month, we explored how one teacher at a pilot school navigated our middle school IOAPA courses with … Continue reading

Middle School IOAPA: One School’s Perspective

This is part one of a three-part series on implementing our new above-level online middle school courses.  You can also read parts two and three. As we’ve announced, IOAPA’s middle school program will be available state-wide beginning next school year … Continue reading

Do You Have Middle School Students Interested in IOAPA?

If so, it’s important for them to sign up for testing now to start the selection process! As we mentioned in January, we have been piloting select courses to interested high-achieving middle school students through the Iowa Online AP Academy. … Continue reading

IOAPA Expanding to Middle School Students

Exciting changes are coming to the Iowa Online AP Academy in fall 2015! For the first time, we are offering select courses to high-achieving middle school students. Our middle school program was piloted at a few schools, and now we’re … Continue reading

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Visual Guide to IOAPA High School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA High School Course infographic using data from 2018-2019 IOAPA students! This, along with our middle school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on the Support Materials page. 

IOAPA: Spring Dates & Deadlines!

We want to help you keep on track for 2019! Here are all of the important dates and deadlines related to IOAPA and AP courses for the spring semester. January 25, 2019: Last day to drop IOAPA courses without being assessed … Continue reading

IOAPA: Spring Registration Opens Soon

Spring registration for Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) courses open November 1st and will close December 7th, 2018, or when seats fill, whichever comes first. There are limited seats in each course, and we expect them to fill up fast. Be sure to … Continue reading

IOAPA: Important Dates & Deadlines

Keeping track of dates and deadlines can be overwhelming. This post includes all the important dates and deadlines related to IOAPA and AP courses. Make sure to bookmark this blogpost to have these dates handy throughout the 2018-2019 school year. … Continue reading

Visual Guide to IOAPA High School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA High School Course infographic using data and feedback from 2017-2018 IOAPA students and mentors! This, along with our middle school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on the Support Materials … Continue reading

IOAPA and Above-Level Testing: Important Announcement

Above-level testing is used extensively in gifted education. It can be useful for making decisions about (1) identifying a student for a gifted program, (2) determining what a student is ready to learn next, (3) deciding whether or not a … Continue reading

Expanding IOAPA’s Above-Level Math Pathway

We at the Iowa Online AP Academy are excited to announce the addition of two new courses for the 2018-2019 school year! Both courses expand the existing above-level math pathway, allowing students to access additional high school math courses during … Continue reading

Scholarships and Programs for IOAPA Students

While the end of the year is often a time for looking back on the year that’s passed, it’s also a time for looking and planning ahead for the summer and the coming year. We’ve rounded up some relevant programs … Continue reading

Discovering Talented Students: Using Content-Area Scores for IOAPA Eligibility

The partnership between the Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) and the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) is a great way to connect talented students with appropriate assessment and educational opportunities. Eligibility for IOAPA middle school courses is determined through … Continue reading

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Visual Guide to IOAPA High School Courses

We are excited to share the new IOAPA High School Course infographic using data and feedback from 2016-2017 IOAPA students and mentors! This, along with our middle school infographic and other useful information, can be found on our website, on … Continue reading

Is IOAPA Right for Me?

With IOAPA registration opening this week, we wanted to offer some final considerations for students and mentors considering IOAPA courses. The sections below are broken down into considerations for students and considerations for mentors. Time: IOAPA courses require more time than … Continue reading

Support Materials for IOAPA

IOAPA mentors, site coordinators, schools, and students often have questions about IOAPA’s policies and procedures, or are looking for guidance regarding student eligibility or course selection. We’ve compiled answers to many of these questions on the “Support Materials” section of our … Continue reading

Introducing And Increasing Computer Science Education In Schools

There are innumerable benefits to offering computer science instruction in K-12 schools. This policy statement from the Association for Computing Machinery makes a compelling case in favor of increasing CS opportunities for students. The question now concerns how to go about … Continue reading

A (New) Visual Guide to High School IOAPA Courses

Although Iowa Online AP Academy has been offering Advanced Placement classes to high school students in Iowa since 2001, students and schools often wonder which students may best benefit from certain IOAPA classes. Check out our visual guide to AP … Continue reading

Spring IOAPA Registration is Approaching!

Spring registration for Iowa Online AP Academy courses will open on November 7 and continue through December 14, 2016. Seats will be limited, so be sure to register promptly if you can! Available high school courses are: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, … Continue reading

The IOAPA website has a new look!

Have you visited the Iowa Online AP Academy website lately? Our site has undergone a re-design to make it easier to navigate and access from mobile platforms. Look for: Easier step-by-step process for site coordinators when registering students for IOAPA … Continue reading

IOAPA: Connecting with AP and the Belin-Blank Center this Summer

Now that AP exams and IOAPA courses are wrapping up, what are the next steps for IOAPA mentors and AP teachers to take before fall? Here are a few suggestions for how to prepare for AP next year! Right Now: … Continue reading

A Visual Guide to High School IOAPA Courses

Although Iowa Online AP Academy has been offering Advanced Placement classes to high school students in Iowa since 2001, students and schools often wonder which students may best benefit from certain IOAPA classes. Check out our visual guide to AP … Continue reading

Interested in IOAPA? Learn more about registration!

Registration for Iowa Online AP Academy 2016-2017 classes open in just one week (April 19), and many teachers want to register their students promptly to ensure access to these courses. Whether you are new to IOAPA or just need a … Continue reading

Resources for IOAPA Mentors and Students

We are excited to welcome our students, mentors, and site coordinators to another great semester of online classes! This year, IOAPA has again partnered with Apex Learning Virtual School (ALVS) to offer higher-level classes at the high school and middle … Continue reading

Coming to NAGC? Check Out Our IOAPA Presentation!

The Iowa Online AP Academy staff will be at the National Association for Gifted Children Convention in Phoenix, Arizona this week from November 12-15, 2015 to share more about IOAPA! We will be sharing more about the IOAPA model, how … Continue reading

IOAPA: Bridging the Gap for Rural Students

Advanced Placement classes are nationally recognized for the rigor and challenge they provide to high school students. When students have the opportunity to participate in AP classes, they generally report that they feel prepared for college courses and appreciate the … Continue reading

Resources for IOAPA Mentors and Students

We are excited to welcome our students, mentors, and site coordinators to another great year of online classes! This year, IOAPA has again partnered with Apex Learning Virtual School (AVLS) to offer higher-level classes at the high school and middle … Continue reading

IOAPA: Connecting with AP and the Belin-Blank Center This Summer

Now that AP exams and Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) courses are wrapping up, what are the next steps for IOAPA mentors and AP teachers to take before fall? Here are a few suggestions for how to prepare for AP … Continue reading

New School Year, New Talent Search Opportunities

As we get ready for a new school year, it’s a good time to think about ways to assess and accommodate your high-ability elementary and middle school students!  The Belin-Blank Center can help you do both things flexibly and affordably. … Continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Developing an AP Culture

This post was originally published in December 2015. Enjoy! When talking with many of our schools, we hear that one of the keys to building a successful AP program is fostering an environment where academic achievement is valued, especially within … Continue reading

Iowa Online AP Academy: Above-Level Testing and I-Excel

For many middle and high schools that partner with the Iowa Online AP Academy, a common question is how to determine which students may be ready for online above-level coursework. This is especially true for middle school students, as the … Continue reading

Encouraging AP: Developing an AP Culture

When talking with many of our schools, we hear that one of the keys to building a successful AP program is fostering an environment where academic achievement is valued, especially within the AP context. Many of our Iowa Online AP … Continue reading

October is Gifted Education Awareness Month!

Governor Reynolds declared the month of October to be Gifted Education Awareness Month. The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG) proposed many activities to celebrate giftedness in your school and district! Some of these include: Ask to have gifted students … Continue reading

Using Above-Level Testing to Connect Talented Students with Challenging Coursework

As you may know, the Iowa Online AP Academy (IOAPA) and the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) have teamed up to provide identification and programming services to help Iowa teachers find talented students and develop their abilities. For more … Continue reading

Computer Science Education in Iowa

At the end of April, then-Governor Branstad signed Senate File 274 into law, establishing goals for expanding computer science education opportunities for Iowa students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Read more about the bill here. These goals include: offering at … Continue reading

Important Dates and Deadlines

We know there are a lot of dates and deadlines related to IOAPA and AP courses. Keep this post handy as a convenient reminder of the most important dates for the 2017-2018 school year. September 15, 2017: Last day to drop … Continue reading

New for 2017-2018: Environmental Science Classes

We are thrilled to present IOAPA’s newest offerings, available now for Fall 2017 registration: AP Environmental Science for high school students and Environmental Science for middle schoolers. High school students can register for AP Environmental Science to learn about the … Continue reading