How Online Education Works at NCVA
North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) uses curriculum and education services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.
For high school, NCVA uses the K12 high school program. Whether targeting a four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, NCVA students will be prepared to maximize their post-school success.
Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools
At North Carolina Virtual Academy, all students interact with one or more certified teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with them through e-mail, telephone, and live, online instruction classrooms. In fact, all students will have weekly online instruction in all core courses.
Each eligible NCVA family receives boxes of education materials, including a wide array of textbooks, DVDs, science lab supplies, and other hands-on resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, so students receive instruction using the best method for each subject. Depending on eligibility and financial need, families may also be able to receive a loaner computer (upon request).
Extensive School Support System
NCVA also provides extensive support for both you and your child—a collaboration between teachers, counselors, school community, and you. In grades K–8, you (the parent or other responsible adult) serve as a "Learning Coach," working closely with the student team to help facilitate your child's progress and working to modify his or her pace and schedule as needed.
At the high school level, students work at a collective pace with their classmates, overseen by their teacher, so your role shifts to one of support and encouragement. Each teacher is state certified and trained in his or her specific subject area. There will also be monthly events and outings, so the entire school community can keep in close contact.
Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability
As an online public school, NCVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.
Family Academic Support Team (FAST)
FAST empowers students to overcome challenges—be they academic, social, emotional, medical, or otherwise—to succeed in school and beyond. This holistic approach includes early intervention, support services, and linking families to school and community-based resources. FAST members and teachers work with families to provide the extra help needed to enable students to stay motivated and on track.