Testimonials

Welcome to Iowa NET High Academy

Iowa NET High Academy (INHA) is an innovative education program that incorporates the Common Core Standards, project-based learning, and competency-based reporting into an individualized learning curriculum. Dr. Knight offers a free consultation to all school administrations and students to determine the best option on an individual basis. See the options below and click on the link to receive a free evaluation.

"Our program meets the needs of students and families who have found the traditional routes to obtaining a high school diploma nonviable. INHA matches at-risk students with Iowa licensed instructors to satisfy graduation requirements to earn their high school diploma. We also provide career counseling, college planning, trade school information, and job placement assistance."

Dr. Cynthia Knight Founder/Executive Director of INHA
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Administrators

Students remain enrolled in their local high school while working with INHA teachers. INHA reports monthly directly to the school district to ensure success. Curriculum is specifically tailored to meet each students learning needs while also satisfying graduation requirements. Specialized career counseling works with each student’s strengths and ambitions to help them plan for the future. INHA provides information on internships, apprenticeship programs, job placement assistance, and college preparation.

Parents

INHA are able to work with each teacher collaboratively and utilize a variety of learning tools. Personalized online learning, in person tutoring sessions, service learning activities, and a thoughtful incorporation of traditional and cutting edge techniques enables each student to master subjects and gain confidence. Students have the flexibility to take a full class schedule, or on a class by class basis.

 

Scholarships available through Don Jordahl Youth Enhancement Fund

Our Mission

Goals

Our goal is simple—create a brighter future for Iowa's young people through public-private partnerships. Banker's Trust, YMCA, United Way, and Iowa Workforce Development continue to support our mission as we develop more collaboration with apprenticeship programs, internship opportunities, and job training options. We believe we can help increase graduation rates and job readiness.

Why Our Program Matters

We change the trajectory of a dropout’s life. We meet them face to face in the life situation they are in: some are homeless, hungry and without hope. We develop a curriculum around their career goals and help them dream of a brighter future. Iowa NET High Academy provides a quality educational experience that requires students to meet the Iowa Common Core Standards, participate in their community through service learning activities, and ensure they are college and career ready when they leave our program.

What Is the Cost

There is a personal cost to dropping out of school—forfeiture of many collegiate and job opportunities. Additionally, "dropouts continue to have from about 5 to 8 times the risk of incarceration as graduates." The Costs of Dropping Out of School in Iowa: 2015 Update, James R. Veale (Iowa Department of Education, 2015). As the rate of dropouts increases, so does the incarceration rate. When considering the financial investment and the average time of each program, INHA is a practical and conservative use of state funds.

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Our Services

INHA currently partners with over eleven school districts to educate at-risk youth. By tailoring a specialized Iowa Common Core curriculum and providing one-on-one attention, we reach students who struggle in traditional public school. Our students often have special needs such as a language barrier, learning disabilities, behavioral issues, mental health challenges, or an insecure living situation.

Our highly qualified teachers personalize the curriculum for each student. We address the academic, social, and emotional needs of the students we serve.

 

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Our Curriculum

When we become your partner, your district adopts our curriculum as a piece of your continuum of services. We meet with your students, we provide technology and internet access, we foster their community ties and leaderships skills, and we report it all back to you.

  • African American History
  • American Government
  • Current Issues
  • Economics
  • EverFi Financial Literacy
  • Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Algebra I and II
  • Basic Math
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Financial Algebra
  • Agronomy
  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • Biology: A Global Approach
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Food
  • Electricity/Electronics
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Herpetology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Marine Science
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Science
  • Science in My Life
  • Zoology
  • English 9/10
  • English 11/12
  • Journalism
  • Literature Study Courses
  • Online Media
  • Drama
  • Speech
  • Technical Theater
  • Theater
  • Writing for the Writer
  • Art I 2D Focus
  • Art II 3D Focus
  • Career Exploration
  • Coding
  • CPR/AED
  • Health
  • Literacy and Citizenship
  • Independent Living
  • Physical Education
  • Research and Development-Independent Study
  • Spanish
  • Personal Development
  • Photography I & II
INHA

IOWA NET HIGH ACADEMY

Working with Public School Systems to Educate Iowa's Future

Team Members

 

Administrative

Dr. Cynthia Knight

Dr. Cynthia Knight

Founder/Executive Director

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Lori Knight

Executive Assistant to Director

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Sarah Zdenek

Sarah Zdenek

Assistant Director

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Ike Moore

Ike Moore

Program Specialist

 

 

Learning Designers/Teachers

Joe Knight

"One of my most memorable moments with Iowa Net High was working with a student that could not attend the regular classroom setting due to harassment and bullying. It was very rewarding to see that she was motivated to finish high school and do well with her classes. She was a very talented artist that produced some excellent works in my art class. I was impressed that she wanted to work through the hardships that she had experienced in school and still earn her diploma. It was an amazing feeling to see her walk across the stage to get her diploma knowing that Iowa Net High helped her with her journey."

Joe Knight

Art

 

Tracy Sandbothe

Tracy Sandbothe

Business Ed

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Kathy Veren

"Maria Garcia was one of my first students when I started to teach with Iowa NET High Academy. She worked very hard and often choose creative projects that took more thought and energy to meet the requirements of her English class rather than simple standard assignments. I am proud to say that she graduated from Marshalltown High School soon after I finished working with her."

Kathy Veren

English

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Matt O'Loughlin

Dr. Matt O'Loughlin

English

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Daniel Thole

Daniel Thole

Mathematics

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Catherine Leipold

Catherine Leipold

Mathematics

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Chris Ehlert

Physical Education

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"One of the assignments in the general science course is to create a Rube Goldberg device that converts energy multiple times. The student is to design, build and explain the device and the energy conversions. Josh took such tremendous pride in this project and shot a video of the device in progress. I watched the video multiple times; not because it was such an exemplary project (although it was very good) but because it was so fun to watch Josh and feel his excitement at "conquering" the project. He has been a star."

Gary Morris

Science

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Sharon Seaton

Sharon Seaton

Science

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Chuck Krueger

"Gavin is my best success story so far. He came to me functioning at about 3rd or 4th grade level in most subjects. He was 16 years old at the time. He had been told by his special education teacher that on a 1 to 10 scale of intelligence, he was a ZERO. I worked with Gavin for about 18 months and at the end of that time he was doing beginning algebra and calculus. Not bad for a kid who was told he was too dumb to walk and chew gum at the same time."

Chuck Krueger

Science

 

Morgan Owen

Morgan Owen

Social Sciences/Foreign Languages

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Thomas Griffin

Thomas Griffin

Social Sciences

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Cale Roe

"I love being a teacher at Iowa Net High Academy. Because we are focused on personalized learning, I am fortunate to get to see students demonstrating their growth in amazing ways. One of my favorite stories is a student who struggled to complete a Government class for months. After I learned that he was a musician, I updated one of his projects to include a multi-media element. He wrote, recorded, mixed, and uploaded his song and I was blown away. His lyrics and reflection showed me what he had taken away from the class and I was grateful to be apart of it."

Cale Roe

Social Sciences

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Don Jordhal
 

Don Jordhal

Youth Enhancement Fund

Working with the Private sector to increase educational opportunities for Iowa's At-Risk Youth.

Contact Us

Want more information on how to get your high school diploma or how we can partner with you for your student success?

Call us today!

(515) 829-2336

E-mail us

dr.knight@nethigh.org

Write to us

PO Box 193, Union, Iowa 50258