What is McKenna Online?

Started in 2002 as the first online school in the northwest, Richard McKenna Online's courses are designed and taught by Idaho certified teachers. Online courses provide the same academic rigor and benefits of the classroom, but with greater convenience and flexibility. All students finishing course requirements receive an accredited high school diploma.

Our teachers are available during posted office hours via phone, email, text, chat, or video conferencing. You get to talk to a human being, not an automated system!  Give it a try, call (208) 580-2449 before 3pm on weekdays and say "Hi"  (Now try that with any other online school)

To best meet the workflow of online courses, we have created our own online learning system called Acquire.

Take a tour and try our demo by clicking Login and then "Login as a guest"

Special Education Services 

Our special education director delivers one-on-one help and direct instruction using video conferencing and screen sharing. The special education director also meets face-to-face with parents and students as needed. Testing is contracted to locally qualified psychologists.

How it works

First, complete the registration by clicking Login and then the "New Student" button below the login form. Registration is open about 2 weeks before the school year and closes about 6 weeks into the second semester.

Courses begin every Monday (even on 3 day weekend holidays) and last for 6 weeks. The student's attendance is based on course work completed, which is tracked by Acquire. Each course requires 90 hours of completed work, which may includes student-to-student interaction via blogs and discussion boards. Credit is granted when a student completes all of the daily assignments and the final project successfully.

All of our online students use their own computer and Internet access. You can use a Mac computer (preferably less than 8 years old) or Windows computer (preferably less than 4 years old).  Lessons are best completed on a full computer, however most courses may be completed on a Chromebook or tablet if you prefer.

Online Demo

Tour our online school when you Choose Login as Guest in the login form.  
If you haven't called our office yet, go for it.  We would like to meet you.
All in one place

Every class. Every lesson. Every assignment. All together so it's easy to know what is next to work on.

Mobile friendly

Away from home for a bit and want to finish some school work?  Documents are submitted using Google Drive so even writing a report is all done in the browser. 

Audio and video content

When teachers author their own course lessons, they draw from best and most helpful multimedia content anywhere on the web.

Embedded questions

Some questions are given directly within the lesson to help confirm understanding at the same time the concept is presented.


are a remarkably talented generation

We are seeing results of raising our first digital natives.  Born in a land where information is freely available without the traditional barriers of location and cost. They process massive amounts of information and have learned to filter out the meaningless to find the valuable.  With more expectations put on them than any other generation, they have learned discernment and confidently call out things that are not working because of a need to fit everything into their day.

Now, put these students in a traditional classroom with overcrowding and a curriculum from the industrial age.  Instead of finding clearly defined goals and an efficient path to learning, the use of time doesn't make sense and distractions are constant. Students are told to put up with the class moving too fast at times and too slow at other times because the class can't move at their pace.

Online learning is the future for our digital natives.  During the sections of a class that are making sense, the student can move on and have more time in their day.  During the sections of a class that are challenging, McKenna's low student to teacher ratio makes our teachers more available to provide individual attention than a traditional classroom teacher.

Graduation Requirements

Earn your diploma at Richard McKenna High School

1. Earn 46 semester credits in the following areas:

  • 9 English credits (one of which must be speech)
  • 6 Math credits (two Algebra 1, two Geometry, plus two credits of math completed during the senior year)
  • 6 Science credits (four of which must be lab sciences)
  • 5 Social Studies credits (two U.S. History, two U.S. Government, and one Economics)
  • 2 Humanities credits
  • 1 Health credit
  • 17 Elective credits

2. Complete a senior project.


3. Take the ACT, SAT or Compass exam by the end of 11th grade.


4. Be proficient in Reading, Language, and Math on the 10th grade Spring Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).

5. Earn at least 6 credits through Richard McKenna, regardless of the number of credits earned at other schools.