What grades are offered by the North Carolina Virtual Academy?
North Carolina Virtual Academy offers full-time enrollment for grades K–12. Kindergarteners must be five years old on or before August 31 to be eligible for the program.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, history, art, and health/PE are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music and world languages. High school students also have access to AP courses, as well as more than 40 elective courses.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, we are a public school in North Carolina, so students can earn a diploma issued by North Carolina Virtual Academy based upon successful completion and mastery of course content.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The K–8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. The high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities.
What happens if my middle school student completes a course mid-year?
Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes numerous print books, workbooks, and instructional materials. At the high-school level, students will spend nearly their entire school day online.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet his or her needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Our teachers will work directly with parents and students to ensure proper placement into the curriculum.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students will be invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, unless you ask your teacher to come to your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll section for information on enrolling your student in North Carolina Virtual Academy.