K-8 FAQs

Is the K-8 Virtual Academy for full time enrollment?
The enrollment in the EVSC K-8 Virtual Academy will be for full time home school students in Evansville or surrounding districts.  Students will be enrolled as EVSC students. The School@Home program requires that the student remain enrolled for a minimum of one full semester.   Parents of students who live out of county may visit our office anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the school week to complete an EVSC Out Of County transfer form. The form must be submitted and approved before enrollment process will begin.

How long does it take to complete a course?
The curriculum is designed according to the EVSC curriculum maps and will follow the year long course calendar used in the public schools.  Students will be expected to log in each morning of each school day and study 4-6 hours each day and remain on schedule with the due dates established by the teacher.  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 portfolio of their work to provide to the teacher during regular study sessions and individual conferences.  Students must master each written assignment, quiz, and test 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. It is important to study and prepare before taking the assessments to be able to achieve your best possible score.  We do not accept Extra Credit as we allow students to use all of their notes and study guides to assist them on assignments and assessments.  Students will receive grades at the end of each grading period.

How will I get to know my teacher?
Teachers and students will communicate primarily through communication tools in the software or email. Other digital communication may be used at appropriate times.  The teachers also conduct one or two weekly face-to-face sessions to ensure a  student's success in the course.  Students and parents will also be required to meet with the teacher for a progress report at specific intervals during the semester.

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.  The public library also provides printing availability at a minimal cost per page.

Do I need to order a textbook or other materials for the class?
Students will create their portfolio in the notebook provided by printing the study guides and reading guides in each lesson.  Some classes require supplemental materials. Many of these materials are available online. Students are responsible for getting access to the appropriate supplemental materials.  EVSC Virtual Academy will provide a notebook for the student portfolio 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 
Virtual Academy Online Course Readiness Checklist for K-8 students

Who are the teachers?
The EVSC Virtual Academy teachers are licensed, EVSC educators delivering CompassLearning Odyssey content. The teachers will have a course load of no more than 15 students during a session. 

When can I enroll?
Our sessions follow school calendar beginning in August and ending in May.  Our students work a pacing guide as established by the EVSC curriculum maps.  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.

What is the cost of the courses?
The Evansville Vanderburgh Board of School Trustees approved on March 18, 2013 a monetary fee for students enrolling in the EVSC Virtual Academy K-8  to help offset the expense incurred by the EVSC for the software and personnel expenses. The fee is non-refundable after the student is enrolled. The registration fees for students in the K-8 program are listed below. 

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

How do I enroll?

Complete the K-8 Enrollment Application and submit online.  Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before August 1, 2017.  After submitting an application, the student and parent will receive an email to schedule a conference.  Call 435-0939 if you have questions or need assistance with the enrollment form.

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?

The teachers will calculate course grades from the assignments and assessments as well as participation grades as determined by the teacher.

Academic integrity is very important.  It is important for the students to complete their own work.  Cheating on assessments or plagiarism on written assignments will not be tolerated and may result in immediate removal from the program.