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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) is a highly rated, public school located in Fairbanks, AK. It has 3,997 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 115 to 1. According to state test scores, 23% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.
About Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA)...
Address
2157 Van Horn Rd
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Telephone
(907) 374-2200
Website

Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
23%
Average Graduation Rate
75%
Average SAT
1230
33 responses
Average ACT
27
19 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$38,451
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$631
National
$949
Median Home Value
$90,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 6 responses
Report
  • IDEA end of year picnic
    50%
  • Academic Decatholon
    17%
  • Book fair
    17%
  • Winter Wonderland arts/crafts
    17%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,997
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
42%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
115:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$7,098/ year
National
$12,239
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
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Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA) Reviews

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IDEA worked with me and gave me the resources and support to fit school around my schedule and interests, as well as the financial resources to take two classes (Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2) from my local college and top notch music lessons. The teachers there check in with you once a quarter and are fun and very helpful! I enjoyed having a support community, but at the same time having the flexibility to pick the topics I wanted to study.
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My experience with IDEA has been amazing. I was with them from Pre-K through 12. My contact teachers were all amazing, but most especially, my high school contact teacher Scott Gingrich. He is a math whiz and would tutor me with my math whenever I was having difficulties. His tutoring is what has helped me to do well in all of my math classes that I am now taking in college. IDEA's staff are all very friendly and they help you with whatever questions you may you have. IDEA also gives their students an annual allotment that helps pay for anything that would help with their students' education; (computer, laptop, books, etc). I feel truly blessed to have been home-schooled and enrolled in IDEA!
Homeschooling through IDEA allows the parent/student flexibility in what they learn and how it is taught. They partner with many resource companies and have few restrictions on what you can purchase with your allotted money. (If you're looking to use Christian based curriculum then this is not the school for you.) Each district has a contact teacher to whom you send samples and grades to. They also notify parents of upcoming activities and learning opportunities.