Student FAQs


  • Am I good fit for online learning?

    We believe that all students are digital learners; however, basic computer skills, literacy skills and organizational skills play an important role in the successful completion of an online course. Online students must have self-motivation and apply time management skills. Because the material is completely online, reading and writing skills are also important. To find out more about the dispositions and skills for online learners visit the student resources on the student page of our website.

  • How do I enroll in an online course through IDEAL-NM?

    If you are a public school student you must enroll through your local school. Your first point of contact is your school counselor. In the event that your school counselor is not familiar with the IDEAL-NM program, you may contact the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator to facilitate this communication.

    If you are a private school student and your school participates in IDEAL-NM you may enroll through your school. Your first point of contact is your school counselor. In the event that your school counselor is not familiar with the IDEAL-NM program, you may contact the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator to facilitate this communication.

    If you are a home school student, you may choose one of the following options:

    1. Enroll through and pay the course fees directly to a local school. If you enroll at least half- time (per enrolling school’s policy), the school may cover the enrollment fees. However, if you are enrolled half-time or more, you will be designated as a public school student and will be required to take the Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA).
      Course fees $200 per .5 credit/semester course (regular courses)
      $250 per .5 credit/semester course (Advanced Placement courses)

    2. Enroll directly through IDEAL-NM and pay the course enrollment fees directly to IDEAL-NM. IDEAL-NM is not a school and, as such, cannot award credit for courses completed. If credit for courses is desired, a home school student must enroll through a school/district.
      Course fees $250 per .5 credit/semester course (regular courses)
      $300 per .5 credit/semester course (Advance Placement courses)

  • What is the cost of enrolling in an IDEAL-NM online course?

    If you are a public, charter, or private school student, your school may pay your course enrollment fees. This will depend on your school’s distance learning policy. Check with your school counselor. IDEAL- NM charges schools course enrollment fees. These fees cover the cost of the eTeacher/instruction. An enrollment fee schedule can be accessed on the resource page.

  • Can a school pass the cost of an IDEAL-NM course on to the student/parents?

    During the summer and regular school year, schools may pass the cost of the online course to the student/parent in the following cases:

    • Students enrolled in credit recovery courses (except for indigent students).
    • Students enrolled in enrichment courses (i.e. advanced placement, honors, dual credit) unless student is taking the enrichment course to fulfill the graduation requirement of taking an online, dual credit, advanced placement, or honors course.
    • Students enrolled in courses taken above and beyond a regular student schedule (i.e. taking extra courses to graduate on time).
    • Students enrolled in preferred electives not offered at the school.
    • Students enrolled in courses due to scheduling conflicts outside of school (i.e. employment or extracurricular).

    During the summer and regular school year, schools may not pass the cost of the online course to the student/parent in the following cases:

    • Students enrolled in online courses because the school does not offer the course for whatever reason.
    • Students who are indigent.
    • Students enrolled in online courses that are core requirements for graduation that are part of the students' regular schedules.
  • Do the courses have textbooks?

    With the exception of some Advanced Placement and English Language courses, IDEAL-NM courses do not require textbooks.

  • Does IDEAL-NM offer credit recovery courses?

    Any core IDEAL-NM course may be taken for credit recovery. School site coordinators should let the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator know if a student is trying to recover credit so that the eTeacher may be notified to provide more direct instruction.

  • Does IDEAL-NM offer online dual credit courses?

    No.

  • Does IDEAL-NM offer Advanced Placement courses?

    Yes. IDEAL-NM offers College Board approved Advanced Placement courses.

  • What is the best way to contact my eTeacher?

    The best way to communicate with your eTeacher is through the message system in your course. eTeachers are expected to respond to messages from students within 24 hours M-F. In addition, your eTeacher’s contact information is located in your course. Click on the menu button titled “eTeacher” to access contact information. If you have difficulty getting a response from your eTeacher, you may contact the IDEAL-NM student services coordinator for assistance.

  • How are the courses structured?

    IDEAL-NM courses are asynchronous—students and teachers access the courses at different times. The courses are delivered via the learning management system (LMS) and are designed to be interactive and engaging.

  • How do students and teachers interact?

    Through various communication tools within the learning management system (i.e., discussion board, messaging, and chat) students interact with each other and their teacher on an ongoing basis. Courses have web conferencing capability, which enables live interaction between teachers and students for individual and group instruction or for parent/student/teacher conferences.

  • How long are the courses?

    Each course includes a pacing guide that can be adjusted for different time frames for completion to accommodate traditional and block schedules and to allow you to determine your pace. However, all courses must be completed within an 18-week time period.

  • Have IDEAL-NM online courses been approved for NCAA eligibility?

    After a review from NCAA, NCAA determined that IDEAL-NM courses are not eligible for NCAA approval. IDEAL-NM does not meet the Student-Teacher Interaction, according to their criteria.

    While IDEAL-NM courses do not meet NCAA’s criteria for student to teacher interaction, students interested in taking an IDEAL-NM course may still do so and be eligible to play college sports based on other courses taken through their local district. When considering which IDEAL-NM courses to take, talk to your counselor to be sure that the core courses for NCAA are addressed with courses you have taken at your local school site.

  • How is my progress monitored?

    Your site coordinator or learning coach at your school site has access to the student information and learning management systems. Within these systems, they will use the tools that are available for tracking and monitoring your progress.

  • Can my parents monitor my progress?

    Yes. When you are enrolled in an IDEAL-NM course, your parent will automatically receive log-in credentials in our student information system. In this system, your parent will be able to monitor your progress and check your grades. Your parent may also request that an account be sent up in the learning management system where you progress/grades may also be monitored.

  • What is academic watch?

    On a weekly basis, eTeachers are required to notify site coordinators of students whose grades have dropped below a 60% through the Academic Watch system. eTeachers may also include students who have not logged in in three days or who are behind pace on the Academic Watch list.

  • How are my grades reported?

    Your site coordinator or learning coach has access to your grades in the learning management and student information systems. They also have the ability to access and print out your transcripts. IDEAL- NM provides a percentage grade and your school will translate the percentage grade into a letter grade and award credit on your transcript.

  • How do I drop a course?

    Only your site coordinator or learning coach may drop you from a course.

  • How do I get technical support?

    Your first point of contact is your site coordinator or learning coach. You may also send an e-mail to support@idealnm.info.

  • Can students with Individual Education Plan or 504 plans take IDEAL-NM courses?

    Yes. IDEAL-NM eTeachers make the necessary accommodations in accordance with students’ IEPs/ 504s and in collaboration with the onsite school staff. However, it is important to recognize that some accommodations may need to be provided at the school site through assistive technology or other support provided by the student’s home school.

  • What resources are available to me?

    The first time you are enrolled in an IDEAL-NM course, you are automatically enrolled in the New Student Orientation. You will see the link in your list of courses. This is a very important resource for you. You must complete the orientation prior to starting your first course.

    IDEAL-NM also has a student handbook. Be sure to read this in its entirety, before you begin your course and keep it as a resource to refer to during the school year. The student handbook is available in your online course and on the resources page on the student section of our website. (www.ideal-nm.info).

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