Frequently Asked Virtual Academy Pre-Enrollment Questions Grades 6-12

  • Will there be a way for me to monitor my student’s activities as far as what he/she has to do, what he/she has done, grades, and when assignments are due?

    Yes and no.  The guardian account for students in grades 6-12 shows the student's overall grade in the class as well as the number of assignments expected vs actual assignments completed.  Example screenshot:

    Sample guardian Account Snapshot

    However, we recommend sitting down with your student at least once a week to look over individual assignments and due dates for those assignments while logged in to his/her account.  Students can complete assignments in any order, but we recommend that students complete the lessons first (indicated with a bookmark) and wait to complete the discussions, course activities, and unit activities until the end of each unit when they have a better understanding of the concepts.  Example screenshot:

    Screenshot of student assignment due dates

    If my student enrolls in JCVAL and ends up not being happy with this format, would it be difficult to put him/her back in traditional school next year since the Virtual Academy is a long-term learning pathway?

    Students should have no trouble transitioning back to a traditional brick and mortar school next school year if he/she chooses to do so.  Since the course structure and pacing is different, transitioning back during a school year while courses are in progress is very problematic.

    How much time would you estimate a student would need to spend online per day to be successful?

    Students in grades 6-12 should expect to spend about 4 1/2 to 5 hours per day to be successful.  This time varies for each student due to learning styles.

    Would my student take the same classes that he/she currently has scheduled for the next year?

    If we have the course in our Virtual Academy course catalog, he/she will be able to take the same courses.  Please provide us with specific course titles to receive a more precise answer.

    Math is a subject my student really struggles to understand. Is there a lot of support in courses like this?   

    All of our courses have a tremendous amount of teacher support.  Students must be self-motivated to do what is necessary to receive that support.  This is an example of our live lesson schedule:

    Live Lesson Schedule

    This is our current Live Help Schedule:

     Live Help Schedule

    Will my student be required to attend a certain number of live classes each day?

    Attending live lessons is the best way for students to receive much-needed support.  However, students are not required to attend a specific number of live lessons each day.  They are required to stay on pace, communicate/check-in regularly with their teacher, and respond to emails within 24 hours.