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Summer Session FAQs

Q. How much time should a student expect to spend on coursework during Summer Session?

A. Summer courses last six weeks and contain the same content as a regular course, so students should plan accordingly when it comes to meeting course deadlines.

Q. Are Summer Session courses self-paced?

A. No. Students move through the course material at the pace set by their teacher, and due dates are established to ensure that students complete the course by the designated end date. Late assignment submissions are subject to a late penalty, and zeroes will be given for any missing work.

Q. Can a parent or guardian enroll a student in the Summer Session?

A.  No. The enrollment must be done by the local school.

Q. Is the material covered in a Summer Session course the same as the material covered during the same course when it is offered during the regular school year?

A. Yes. The pacing has been adjusted to fit a six-week timeframe, but the courses are the same as those taken during the regular school year and satisfy all pertinent state standards.

Q. Does a student receive the same high school credit for a Summer Session course as they would receive during the regular school year?

A. Yes. The credit weight is the same.

Q. How many Summer Session courses can a student take?

A. This is up to the local school, and the local school counselor can advise an appropriate course schedule.

Q. A student has been accepted into a special camp/program and will be gone for one/two weeks without internet access. Will this student be able to work ahead? If not, what is the likelihood they’ll be able to catch up when they return?

A. It is important that the student be present for the first week of Summer Session. If a student must miss class after that, they should notify their teacher in advance and plan to work ahead to complete all work before the absences. A student’s summer activities should definitely be taken into consideration when determining if this program is a fit for their needs.

Q. Can a parent/guardian serve as a student’s VVA Mentor during Summer Session?

A. A VVA Mentor is required for every student enrolled in a Virtual Virginia course. For Summer Session, a parent/guardian may serve as a Mentor at the school’s discretion. Please discuss this with the student’s school counselor. Read more about the role of VVA Mentors.

Q. Can a Summer Session course be canceled due to lack of enrollment?

A. While not common, sometimes a Summer Session course is canceled due to low enrollment. Please know that Virtual Virginia works hard to ensure that courses will run as scheduled and that cancellation of a course is always a last resort.

For further information on these or other questions, please contact info@virtualvirginia.org.

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