High School FAQs

Is the High School Virtual Academy for credit recovery or credit advancement?
It is for both. Students may earn credits for all available content towards high school graduation. They may take core classes and electives for the first time and for credit recovery. The courses are designed as full semester courses with a 18 week pacing guide for completion for full time students and a minimum of 9 weeks completion for supplementary enrollments. The courses are based on the Indiana State Standards and the Common Core Standards.

What is the role of the Learning Coach for School@Home students?
The learning coach serves as the Instruction daily support for students during the school day. The learning coach will assist the student to manage the coursework, review performance, motivate and encourage success.  The Learning Coach in the K-8 classes will assist the students in daily instruction in each course.  The Learning Coach in the high school program will provide regular support for organization and understanding of earning credits in an online course.  The Learning Coach will provide transportation to students to attend study sessions and progress checks as needed.

How long does it take to complete a high school course?
Each semester course (1 semester) requires instruction for on-time completion according to the due dates set in the course. Students will be expected to study regularly each day in each class and remain on schedule with the due dates for on-time completion. If students anticipate an absence for a specific day, they may work on assignments for prior to that day in order to be able to stay on schedule for completion. Attendance will be recorded by the teacher in each class each day.  Students should study approximately an hour per class each day and progress and progress in each class each day.  Students may also work on weekends and school holidays, although teachers will not be on duty.  

Full time School@Home students, students are assigned to a full load of courses ranging from four to six classes which will require daily study in each course.  

If students enrolling in a supplementary class, we enroll students in one course at at time.
 Students will progress through the class and complete all the written assignments and/or labs, and the quizzes and tests in each unit as directed by the teacher. Students will maintain a notebook of their work to provide to the teacher during regularly scheduled study sessions and individual conferences. Students must master each written assignment, quiz, test, and the final exam with a score of 70% or better.  Students will not be exempt from any assignments in the course. 
If a student scores 70% or better, the assessment cannot be reset for a better score, but it will allow you to progress to the next lesson during the course.  It is important to study and prepare before taking the assessments to be able to achieve your best possible score on the unit assessments and the final exam.  We do not accept Extra Credit as we allow students to use all of their notes, study guides, and key terms to assist them on assignments and assessments.  After the completion of all unit assignments, quizzes, and tests, the student will schedule the final examination to be taken in the presence of the teacher.  The student must master the final exam in order to receive a final grade or credit for the course. The mastery score received on the final exam will count for 20% of the final grade. If the final exam is not at mastery level, the grade for the course will be recorded as NC.

How will I get to know my teacher?
Teachers and students will communicate primarily through email. Other digital communication may be used at appropriate times.  The teachers also offer weekly after school face-to-face sessions as deemed necessary for a student's success in the course.  Students will be required to meet with the teacher for a progress check at least two times during the course for a progress check with the first check at the end of Unit 1 and subsequent checks at the end of Unit 3 and additional units at the  direction of the teacher.  the student must also meet with the teacher for the final exam.

What technology is required?
Students will need regular access to a computer, printer, and an internet connection.  The EVSC Virtual Academy does not provide the hardware, but the technology used to deliver the course content does not require advanced computing hardware or a great deal of memory.

Do I need to order a textbook or other materials for the class?
Some classes require supplemental materials. Many of these materials are available online. Students are responsible for getting access to the appropriate supplemental materials.

Am I a good candidate for an online class?
To be successful in an online class, students will need to be self-motivated and be good managers of their time.  Good organization skills and notetaking skills enhance the learning experience in an online class.  We encourage students and parents to review the EVSC Virtual Academy Readiness Checklist for high school.

Who are the teachers?
The EVSC Virtual Academy teachers are licensed, EVSC educators delivering Apex Learning Solutions content. The teachers will have a course load of no more than 35 students during a session. 

When can I enroll?
Our sessions follow the school calendar beginning in August and ending in May
.  We conduct enrollment meetings and conferences in July-August for first semester and October-November for second semester.   WE begin our first session during the first week of August.  Our students work on a semester long pacing guide.  After submitting an application, the student and parent will receive an email to schedule a conference.  Applications will be evaluated for enrollment and the applicant and a parent/guardian will be asked to attend an information/orientation meeting at the beginning of a session or schedule an individual conference with the Director during our office hours of 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.    Students are expected to show weekly progress and complete courses in a timely manner as set by the due dates and completion dates for each student based upon when they begin the class.  The School@Home program requires that the student remain enrolled for a minimum of one full semester.  Full time on time graduating seniors and adult students who earn credits needed for a diploma will be awarded an EVSC Virtual Academy diploma which is reported as a full EVSC diploma.

What is the cost of the courses?
The Evansville Vanderburgh Board of School Trustees approved on September 26, 2011 a monetary fee for students enrolling in the EVSC Virtual Academy to help offset the expense incurred by the EVSC for the software and personnel expenses.  A course is defined as a semester long course and the fees are applicable to each course.  The fee is non-refundable after the student is enrolled. The fee schedule for students currently in EVSC schools is as follows:

Students enrolled for credit recovery
(to make up a course that they did not pass in school): $50 registration fee.  Students enrolled in credit recovery classes that are conducted in the school as part of the student’s class schedule are still offered at no cost.

Students enrolled for credit advancement (early graduation prior to 8th semester)
: $50 registration fee, plus a $200 course fee.

Students enrolled for grade replacement
(retaking a course for grade improvement): $50 registration fee, plus $200 course fee

Students enrolled because of schedule conflict (wanting to take a class that does not fit in their daily school schedule): $50 registration fee.

Students not enrolled in EVSC $50 registration fee, plus a $200 course fee for all courses. 

School@Home students will pay the $50.00 Registration fee each semester but there is not other textbook or lab fees.

How do I enroll?

Complete the or High School Enrollment Application and submit online.  After submitting an application, the student and parent will receive an email to schedule a conference.  The School@Home program requires that the student remain enrolled for a minimum of one full semester.  Call 435-0939 if you have questions or need assistance with the enrollment form.  High school students will submit written assignments and labs for each unit by email to the teacher for grading as described in the Instruction Guidelines of the Handbook.  In high school, the final course grade will be determined from all work done during the course with 80% of the course grade from the Unit work.  The final exam will be 20% of the final course grade.  For the final exam, students must arrange a time to meet the teacher and provide a picture ID. 

Students will submit a Study Plan to the Director at the enrollment conference with a schedule of planned study time for a minimum of ten hours per week.

What do I do if I am locked out of a quiz or test after three attempts in a high school class?
Students are encouraged to take notes and review the material before a second or third attempt and contact the teacher for assistance.  If the student does not score a 70% or higher after three attempts on a quiz or unit test, the system will be locked until there is intervention by the teacher.  The student should contact the teacher with questions and the teacher will provide notes or explanation.  Students may be required to send notes or practice problems to the teacher.  The student may be asked to attend a study session with the teacher to review and study the material to help assure mastery.

When a student meets with he teacher for the final exam, the students is expected to show the portfolio with the study sheets and notes as evidence of study.  If the student masters the final exam, it cannot be retaken for a higher score. If the student does not master the final on the first attempt, the final exam will be locked and the student will be expected to study before taking the final for a second attempt.  If a student does not master the final on three attempts, the student will be expected to repeat the course. 

 What is the procedure for enrollment if my child has an Active Individual Education Plan?

If the student is a current student in EVSC, the parent should request a case conference at the district school to discuss educational options or enrollment in Virtual Academy. If the student lives outside the district, the parent should request a district case conference and provide documentation for consideration for enrollment to be considered in a case conference.  The Virtual Academy is currently staffed with a part time Special Education teacher for resource availability.

How is the course grade calculated?
For the high school courses, the work in each unit including the computer scored quizzes, unit tests, and the required written assignments are 80% of the course grade and the final exam is 20% of the course grade.  We do not accept extra credit as students may use all of their key terms, study guides, and other notes on their quizzes, tests, and final exam.  Students are expected to show their evidence of study when they report to the final exam.  The student must master the final exam in order to receive a final grade or credit for the course. If the final exam is not at mastery level, the grade for the course will be recorded as NC.

Academic integrity is very important. 
Cheating on assessments or plagiarism on written assignments will not be tolerated and may result in immediate removal from the program.