Advanced Opportunities for Idaho Students

BYU: Your Partner for Overload Courses

Are your students eager to go the extra mile? Idaho’s Advanced Opportunities (AO) program offers students a way to get ahead and take advanced courses at no cost to the student’s family. Students can even be rewarded for early graduation. BYU Independent Study (BYU IS) is an approved provider of overload courses and has served hundreds of Idaho students over the past six years.

What is “Advanced Opportunities”?

Idaho students enrolled full-time may access state-funded overload courses. BYU Independent Study, an Advanced Opportunities provider, offers over 60 online courses for high school and middle school that are eligible for this funding. Homeschoolers also enrolled in Idaho public schools can qualify. Overload courses allow students to advance their education, explore careers, graduate sooner, and become eligible for State scholarships.

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Overload Courses from BYU IS

BYU Independent Study offers many AO courses taught by Idaho-certified high school teachers. The list of approved BYU IS courses is posted below and include the following:

  • Core subject areas
  • Advanced Placement
  • High-interest electives
  • Courses required for graduation in Idaho

Flexibility and Support

Students who enroll in a BYU IS course benefit from the freedom to complete a semester course at their own pace and with the help of friendly support staff.

  • Open enrollment—anytime, anywhere
  • Generous course length—3–12 months to finish each course
  • Robust variety—Advanced Placement® and high-interest electives
  • Accessibility tools—speech-to-text, translation, highlighting
  • Free tutoring—twice weekly for most courses
  • NCAA approval—for prospective collegiate athletes

Funding for Your Courses

For Schools and Districts:

To set up a BYU Independent Study Purchase Order account, contact our team at 1-866-741-9144 or

  • Student chooses an AO course (from the approved list)
  • Student contacts their school counselor for approval
  • School/district enrolls students through a BYU IS self-serve PO enrollment form
  • BYU IS bills school/district three times a year during state reimbursement windows


For Individual Students:

For schools/districts who do not have a BYU IS Purchase Order account

  • Student chooses an AO course (from the approved list)
  • Student contacts their school counselor for approval
  • Student registers and pays for the course on
  • Student provides proof of purchase to counselor or AO coordinator
  • Reimbursement comes from the state to the school and then to the student/family

AO Courses from BYU Independent Study

Advanced Placement

CTE - Career and Technical Education


English Language Arts

Fine Arts

Health and Physical Education

History and Social Science



World Languages

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