Q. What is Virtual Virginia (VVA)?
A. Virtual Virginia offers online Advanced Placement (AP), world language, elective, and core academic courses to students across the Commonwealth, the nation, and throughout the world. The courses utilize course management software to maximize the interactivity of each class. Each course contains video segments, audio clips, whiteboard interaction, multimedia activities, and online discussions, as well as text. Instructors are available for telephone and online communication with students throughout the day. Full-time instructors are online with students at least 40 hours per week. Adjunct instructors have posted office hours. Virtual Virginia courses offer a rich multimedia learning environment that appeals to a variety of learning styles. Virtual Virginia courses can be scheduled flexibly throughout the day, as courses do not have to be taken in ‘real’ time.
Q. Who can enroll in Virtual Virginia courses?
A. Students in middle and high schools who meet the course prerequisites and have approval from the local school counselor may enroll through their schools. Course prerequisites are found on the Course Offerings page. Only home school students are registered by their parents.
Q. What is the enrollment fee for Virtual Virginia courses?
A. Information is available on the Fees and Billing page.
Q. Who pays the enrollment fee and other fees?
A. The enrollment fee for private school, homeschooled, out-of-state, and international students is paid directly to the Virginia Department of Education. Fee payment is the responsibility of the enrolling party and may be paid via credit card or check.
Q. What is the Early College Scholars Program and how does one enroll?
A. The Early College Scholars (ECS) Program is the Virginia Education for a Lifetime initiative. High school students are encouraged to get a head start on college by taking college level courses before graduating high school. Early College Scholar students must have at least a “B” average, be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma, and be on course to complete a minimum of 15 college credit hours (through AP, IB, Cambridge, or dual enrollment courses) by graduation. Students, parents/guardians, principals, and school counselors sign the Early College Scholars Agreement to participate.
Q. Who teaches Virtual Virginia courses?
A. Virtual Virginia has both full-time and adjunct instructors who are Virginia-licensed, highly-qualified, have experience in distance learning, and reside throughout the Commonwealth. Virtual Virginia provides appropriate professional development training in specific content areas and best practices of online instruction.
Q. What are the responsibilities of the school and school division?
A. Students who are enrolled in and attending a Virginia public school may enroll in a Virtual Virginia course with prior approval of the local school, and must be enrolled by a local school counselor or other school assigned designee. The local school, and school division agree to provide a local school counselor, local mentor teacher, all student services, and all counseling services for each student enrolled in a Virtual Virginia course. In addition, schools and school divisions must provide all student services, an adequate study area for Virtual Virginia students, access to computers, high speed internet access, a scanner, headphones with microphones, a telephone, as well as other required hardware and software. Textbooks and lab materials must also be purchased and are not paid for by the Department of Education. Schools are strongly encouraged to order textbooks early so that students have the necessary materials on the first day of class.
Q. Does the mentor need to be a licensed teacher?
A. No. Mentors will proctor tests, be available to handle communication between the student and teacher as needed, monitor student progress, and assist students with technology issues. Ideally, the mentor is in the classroom with the students to promote an optimal learning environment. For more information on Virtual Virginia mentors, visit the Virtual Virginia Mentors page.
Q. Are online AP courses as rigorous as conventional AP courses?
A. Yes, Advanced Placement courses offered through Virtual Virginia cover the same content and are just as rigorous as conventional AP® courses.
Q. When do classes begin and end?
A. View the current Academic Calendar.
Q. Can students work at their own pace?
A. No, students move through the course material at the pace of their cohort/start date. Benchmark due dates are established to ensure that students stay on pace to complete the course by the end of school year, but students have flexibility between those due dates.
Q. Do college level courses taken during high school sophomore, junior and senior years count toward the 15-credit requirement for the Early College Scholar program?
A. Yes, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, or dual-enrollment courses can count.
Q. Are there any restrictions or other requirements for private schools or homeschooled students?
A. Private and homeschooled students may enroll in Virtual Virginia courses. For information on fees for private school and homeschooled students, please see Fees and Billings.
Q. I’m a homeschooled student. Can I take an AP exam?
A. Yes, homeschooled students are eligible to take AP exams; however, it is the responsibility of the parents/guardians of homeschooled students to coordinate with a local school. Please review the College Board website for information regarding homeschooled students taking AP exams.
Q. Should students register as a group through the school or individually?
A. Students should confer with their school counselor. The school counselor will register the school and enroll the students using Virtual Virginia’s online registration system. Virtual Virginia will send a grade report to the school counselor at the end of each semester. School counselors may download a final grade report at the conclusion of the course. Interim, six-week, or nine-week grades are pulled by the mentor and submitted to the appropriate authority at the local school.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of courses a school may offer or the number of students who can enroll?
A. Each Virginia public school may enroll up to 15 students per course with no enrollment fees. All Virtual Virginia enrollments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis pending available openings in each course. If a Virginia public school wishes to enroll more than 15 students in one course, please contact the Virtual Virginia registrar.
Q. Does Virtual Virginia have a grading scale?
A. No, Virtual Virginia provides a numeric average which represents the students’ performance in the course. The local school determines the letter grade based on the grading scale used for students in local Advanced Placement courses.
Q. Are Virtual Virginia’s AP course offerings approved through the College Board audit process?
A. Yes, Virtual Virginia’s AP courses are approved through the College Board. Information regarding Virtual Virginia courses is located in the College Board register.
Q. What skills do students need to succeed in an online class?
A. While VVA students are strongly supported by the instructor and school mentor, students need to be self-motivated so they do not fall behind. Students must be able to stay on task, meet deadlines and ask for assistance when needed. Some keyboarding skills and knowledge of email and using a web browser are also helpful. For more information, download the Student Success flyer (PDF).
Q. How do I get a transcript or credit?
A. Virtual Virginia does not issue transcripts or award credit for courses taken through our program. Please contact your enrolling school for transcripts or credits.
Q. Do Virtual Virginia courses meet NCAA eligibility requirements?
A. Yes, Virtual Virginia courses meet NCAA eligibility requirements. A full list of approved courses is available at ncaa.org.
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