How It Works (K–5)

Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA) students in grades K–5 take courses in all core subjects—English/language arts, math, science, history, and art—as well as self-guided elective courses in music, or world languages, starting in grade 3. Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, which caters to a wide variety of learning styles. Unit and course assessments are built in to each subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.

Parent/Learning Coach

ISPA provides a dedicated support system to parents and students. In grades K–5, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed.

Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for the success of the student but the level of involvement may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine.

  • Grades K–2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical and approximately 10–15 percent of this time is online.
  • Grades 3–5: Students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80% of school time and approximately 15–25 percent of this time is online.

Working with Your Teacher

Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions titled "Class Connect." It is expected that students attend and meet with teachers to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. These sessions vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.


Attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. K–5 students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day.

  • Grades K–2: Estimate approximately 4–5 hours of productive school work 5 days per week.
  • Grades 3–5: Estimate approximately 5–7 hours of effective school work 5 days per week.
  • For more information on attendance requirements please review the attendance policy contained in our Student and Parent Handbook.

Mastering Lessons

Students in grades K–5 are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80 percent or better on all lesson assessments. If a student is finding it difficult to master a lesson, the Learning Coach must contact his or her student's homeroom teacher. Teachers offer many support sessions to assist all of their students.


Our testing is purposeful and meaningful and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. In addition to quizzes and tests within online courses, students will participate in Star360 testing upon enrollment, and several additional times throughout the year. Star360 assessments in math and reading provide information regarding academic strengths and weaknesses and student growth in both of these subjects. Students in all grades will take the Star360 assessment at the start of the school year and/or upon enrollment and again at several interim points through the year. Each assessment will take about 20–30 minutes. These assessments will be taken virtually. Star360 is adaptive and adjusts questions to your child's learning level based upon responses. A student report will be sent to each Learning Coach.

State Testing


The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) measures how well students have mastered academic standards in reading, mathematics, science, and writing. The chart below shows the assessments students will take in each grade band. The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators, and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.  These standards in English/language arts, mathematics, and science and technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels. Individual student scores, provided only to their respective schools, can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities, and school scores provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.

It is the responsibility of the Learning Coaches to ensure that their students participate in mandatory state and benchmark testing. Failure to attend testing will result in accrual of unexcused absences and could result in truancy action.

Assessment Grade Level
ELA 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Math 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Science 4th, 8th