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

Over the last five years, Iowa's dropout rate has increased exponentially. In 2016, the Des Moines School District alone reported 626 dropout students. INHA created a program that partners with public school districts to address this growing issue—and is off to a great start. Instructors helped fifty students earn a high school diploma. Thirty-two more are currently enrolled and on track to graduate.

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 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.

 

Become a mentor

 

We partner with 11 school districts

  • Norwalk
  • Saydel
  • Bondurant - Farrar
  • Ames
  • Marshalltown
  • Urbandale
  • Perry
  • Ogden
  • PCM
  • GHV
  • Winterset

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

Tel: 515.829.2336

Lori Knight

Executive Assistant to Director

 

JD Knight

Program Specialist

Tel: 563.513.7551

Sarah Zdenek

Sarah Zdenek

Assistant Director

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Teachers/Mentors

Dr. Elizabeth Erickson

Dr. Elizabeth Erickson

English Teacher

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Kathy Veren

Kathy Veren

English Teacher

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Daniel Thole

Daniel Thole

Mathematics Teacher

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Gary Morris

Science/Forensics Teacher

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Morgan Owen

Sociology/Psychology Teacher

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Chris Ehlert

Physical Education Teacher

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Thomas Griffin

History/Social Studies Teacher

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Cale Roe

Cale Roe

Social Sciences Teacher

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Sharon Seaton

Sharon Seaton

Science Teacher

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Joe Knight

Joe Knight

Art Teacher

 

Chuck Krueger

Chuck Krueger

Science Teacher

 

Tracy Sandbothe

Tracy Sandbothe

Business Ed Teacher

 

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