How do students at WiloStar3D Interactive Academy participate in classes?
At WiloStar3D Academy, students have a good mixture of online time as well as directed hands-on learning at home. For instance, students spend an average of thirty minutes a day in our virtual classroom, two to three hours online researching the current class topic, and about thirty minutes talking with their peers. This averages out to about four hours a day online.
Is your program flexible? We travel a lot. What about vacations?
We truly believe that keeping kids actively involved in outside activities, homeschool groups, music lessons and so on is critical to the success of our program. Family vacations are encouraged and usually students prepare some kind of final project upon their return sharing some of the highlights of their trip. Alternative assignments may be requested to take along with the student if the parents so choose. The beauty of delivering instruction via the Internet is the wonderful flexibility if offers students. They have access to the assignment sheet on the web site any time… day or night. They also may upload their daily assignments as soon as they are complete or later in the evening if they need more time.
What are your computer requirements?
Full time student enrollment system requirements
WiloStar3D’s virtual worlds is a Windows based platform only. Students need a full windows laptop with a good graphics card. It’s not designed for tablets or phones. The system requirements for Wiloworlds are:
GB RAM System Memory
Window 7- 10
Windows Media Player 9 or later
DirectX 9.0c or later
Hardware accelerated 3D graphic card with at least 128MB dedicated video memory (i.e. GeForce 8000 series or later, or equivalent) and its latest drivers
Do you offer virtual worlds for classroom teachers or homeschoolers?
Yes! WiloStar3D offers our nationally recognized immersive learning curriculum to classroom teachers and homeschool students. Teachers and parents can join one of our K12 virtual world programs and have access through our monthly subscription program. Classroom teachers can quickly spin up their own virtual world for learning and have access to dozens of engaging and interactive building lessons for our worlds. Click here to view your subscription options!
Do you require placement testing?
WiloStar3D has a careful screening process to insure proper placement of your child. We match grade levels and ability levels first, then we look for how much experience a student may or may not have with technology. Our thorough screening process helps ensure a more successful experience with WiloStar3D. For our incoming students with special needs, a reading assessment is typically required. All WiloStar3D students also take a math placement test.
What about tuition? Is your school expensive?
WiloStar3D charges $2999.00 per year for grades 6- 8 and $3499.00 for grades 9-12. Tuition fees cover the expense of curriculum development, staff salaries and research and development. We feel this is a fair and reasonable tuition price for such a valuable cutting-edge educational experience. Installment plans are available. Families with two or more siblings enrolled will receive a 10% discount for more than one child. Tuition price does not include trade books for English or your Teaching Textbooks math program.
When is school in session?
WiloStar3D Academy follows a fairly traditional school calendar. We offer two semester (fall and spring). Please view the school calendar to view the school holidays.
How can my child who has ADD and reading comprehension issues succeed with you?
We have many students with reading comprehension issues as well as ADD. Our program is well-suited for these kinds of learners because we make individual accommodations and adaptations based on the needs of the individual student. Other homeschool programs do not make these kinds of accommodations. New students needing accommodations will be given our reading and math placement tests. WiloStar teachers also evaluate a baseline of ability levels throughout the first few weeks of school. Then, based on these results, we make individualized accommodations. Additionally, we evaluate previous school IEP records, grades, and other teacher evaluations if available.
Another reason special needs students find success with our online homeschool program is because we utilize virtual world projects to demonstrate learning in new ways. Not all students respond to reading lessons and textbooks and then answering the questions. We require that our students reach and stretch in new ways and demonstrate learning through their virtual world projects. It’s a great strategy for many students!