Q. How is the full-time program different from the supplemental program at Virtual Virginia (VVA)?
A. Students who enroll through their local public school in five (5) or more Virtual Virginia courses are considered full-time students. Virtual Virginia offers online Advanced Placement®, world language, elective, and core academic courses to students across the Commonwealth. 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. Who can enroll in the full-time program?
A. Students who meet the course prerequisites and have approval from the local public school may enroll in the program through their school counselor. Course prerequisites are found on the Course Offerings page. The full-time program may serve public, private, and home-schooled students who enroll through their local public school.
Q. What is the enrollment fee for the full-time program?
A. No fee is charged for standard, world language, or elective courses for students enrolled in the full-time program. Virginia public school students participating in the Early College Scholars (ECS) program may also take Advanced Placement® courses at no charge. Home-schooled and private school students must enroll via the local public school. There is an enrollment fee charged per course for non-ECS Virginia public school students enrolled in AP courses of $375 times the Local Composite Index. Textbooks and other materials are the responsibility of the local school division. All materials, equipment or other course fees are the responsibility of the enrolling party.
Q. Who pays the enrollment fee?
A. The enrollment fee for non-ECS AP students is paid directly to the Virginia Department of Education. Any fees are 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 part of 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. For more information, see the Early College Scholars page.
Q. What are the responsibilities of the school and school division?
A. For all Virtual Virginia courses, local schools must provide a local school counselor, a local mentor, all student services, an adequate study area for distance learning students, and ensure access to computers, high speed internet, headphones with microphones, a telephone, as well as other required hardware and software, as outlined in the Tech Support Handbook. Any required textbooks and lab materials are the responsibility of the local school.
Q. How do I enroll my child in the full-time program?
A. Contact your local public school counselor to enroll in the full-time program.
Q. Will students work from home or a school building?
A. Virtual Virginia courses may be accessed anywhere, anytime, from any place that has a computer with internet access. The decision to allow students to take courses from home or another alternative location is a decision made by their local public school; potential students should work with local public schools to determine the best fit.
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 the school year, but students have flexibility between those due dates. All Virtual Virginia courses require that assignments be completed in a timely manner and according to course timelines. Assignments and due dates are posted on the course calendar.
Q. Is there a limit to the number of courses a school may offer or the number of students who can enroll?
A. Students who enroll through their local public school in five (5) or more Virtual Virginia courses are considered full-time students. Students may enroll in more than 5 courses at the discretion of the local school counselor.