Posted: Wed, 11/01/2017 - 12:23pm Updated: Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:10am

Students The Indiana Course Access Program (iCAP) is designed to help districts and schools create opportunities for our high school students to envision, pursue and complete their individualized graduation pathways.

This page guides students through a five-step process to succeed in the Indiana Course Access Program. It begins with determining if an iCAP course is a good fit. Students can then work with their school iCAP Point of Contact to enroll in appropriate courses offered through the portal.

Follow these steps to learn more and get the most out of the iCAP option.

1. Explore

It is important for a student to understand what online learning is like so he or she knows what to expect. Knowing a student's learning style and habits helps to make sure online learning is a good match. In some cases, a student may need to develop study skills or arrange extra support to help them be more successful.

2. Choose

These links will help with the course selection process, but it’s a good idea to seek guidance from your school counselor. S/he can advise you on which courses work best with your academic plan and school requirements.

  • Learn about the course providers. To view course provider details, visit the Course List webpage. Once you find a course you are interested in, click on the hyperlinked Course Title & Code. This will open a new page, where you can scroll down to open the Provider Description. Please note the guidelines on some important points such as NCAA eligibility.
  • Read the course selection guidelines. To view course description details, you will visit the Course List webpage. Click on the hyperlinked Course Title & Code. You can scroll down on the new page to open the Course Link, which has details on course content and expectations. 
  • Browse the course portal. This is also referred to as the Course List.

3. Register

Registration needs to be initiated and completed by the authorized Point of Contact at your school.

  • If you don't know your school Point of Contact, go to the iCAP Point of Contact search page. Select from the list or use the search tool to find your school corporation. 
  •  If you are not able to locate your Point of Contact, you can email icap@doe.in.gov with your school name and district name. We will work with you to connect you to the right person.
  • Follow your school’s registration process to submit your iCAP request.
  • If you are denied enrollment in an iCAP course, your school is required to inform you about the appeal process. Refer to Section 5 of Code 20-30-16.

4. Start

Once you are registered, you will receive information to begin your course on the start date.

  • Some course providers require students to complete an orientation before starting the course; others have orientation information available as a resource. The iCAP highly recommends that you take the time to orient yourself to your course as soon as possible so nothing important is missed.
  • Your school has an iCAP support team compromising of a minimum the iCAP point of contact and an iCAP mentor. One individual may serve both roles. Your mentor is assigned to support you in managing your online learning experience. He/she is not a tutor or teacher aide, rather think of them as an accountability coach.

5. Follow Through

  • Communication, organization, self-motivation, and a willingness to seek help are key to being successful as an online learner.  We've outlined specific actions to take at Student Steps to Success.
  • Know who to reach out to when you need assistance: iCAP Where to Get Help

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact the department about iCAP questions?

You can direct your questions to ICAP@doe.in.gov

How is high school credit counted for an iCAP course?

School districts must award credit to students who complete online courses that meet graduation requirements and are provided by an approved iCAP provider. If the course is taken via the iCAP, it is from an approved course provider and as such, districts must award credit for any online course which meets a graduation requirement.

Do students receive official transcripts when they complete an iCAP course?

All course providers issue final grade reports to both the student and the student's home school. This report should be used by the school to determine the credit and grade to be awarded on the student's local transcripts. Note that a few online course providers are schools that grant diplomas. However, even though an online course provider may operate an online school program, iCAP only enrolls students in their online courses (and not in their school). iCAP students do not receive a program transcript.

What if a student's school already offers a class that is also available through the iCAP ?

Each district establishes a policy for which courses are made available to its students. Some districts decide not to offer online courses that duplicate classes taught at the school. Other schools do not restrict which online courses students can take.

How can I make sure that my student will earn credit for an online course taken without coordination with the school?

If the course is offered via the iCAP, it is from an approved course provider and as such, districts must award credit for any online course which meets a graduation requirement. Otherwise, students hoping to earn credits from online courses taken independently of their school's support are strongly encouraged to first confer with their school to make sure that the course is offered from an approved provider and that it meets local graduation requirements.

Are there limits to how many iCAP courses a student can take?

The iCAP does not place limits on the number of online courses a student can take. However, local district policy may include some limitations around online class enrollment. Best practices suggest students ease into the number of online courses they take; however, schools ultimately decide how many classes a student can take.

What if a student decides they want to drop an iCAP course?

We recommend that you be familiar with the iCAP course provider's drop policy as part of the Choose step. We also recommend asking your student's home school if they have a specific policy or procedure in place before registering.  If a student decides to drop an iCAP course, the request must be taken to the student's home school. iCAP drops are the responsibility of the school corporation.

If my student has an IEP or 504 can they participate in the iCAP program?

Yes. The Department’s Office of Special Education is putting together guidance around considerations for students with IEPs and 504 Plans, which we will post on the School Info page. They are also diligently working on resources for families around online delivery of courses, which we will make available here under the Explore step as soon as it is published. In the meantime, you can reference this guidance memo: memo-icap-considerations-students-ieps-or-section-504-plans

How will accommodations be delivered?
Prior to the first day of the online course, the student’s teacher of record (TOR) or Section 504 Coordinator (or Coordinator’s designee) is required to provide a copy of the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan to the online course instructor and ensure that the instructor is made aware of any requisite accommodations or modifications for the student. It is then the online course instructor’s ongoing responsibility to communicate any questions regarding implementation of the student’s IEP or Section 504 plan to the TOR. Details can be found in this IDOE memo from the Office of Special Education: memo-icap-considerations-students-ieps-or-section-504-plans