High School FAQs

Are high school courses taken in the 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 an 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.

Can students participate in extracurricular activities at the traditional schools?
Students in the Virtual Academy will not be able to participate in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities at the traditional schools. These guidelines will stay in place during the duration of our current Covid-19 public health crisis. 

Students will still be permitted to participate in courses such as those offered at MPA, SICTC, JROTC and other innovative models, unless they become available virtually.

What is the role of the Learning Coach for [email protected] students?

The learning coach serves as a support for students during the school day. The learning coach will assist the student in managing the coursework, reviewing performance, motivating and encouraging success. The Learning Coach will provide transportation so that students can attend study sessions and progress checks as needed.

How long does it take to complete a high school course?
Courses are designed to be completed in an 18-week semester, although motivated students may work hard and complete their courses more quickly. 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 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 in each class daily. Students may also work on weekends and school holidays, although teachers will not be on duty.

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 face-to-face sessions.  Students must take exams in the Virtual Academy classroom, when allowable by community health conditions. Students who fall behind in their courses will be required to meet regularly via web meeting or in person with their teacher. 

What technology is required?
Students will need regular access to a computer and an internet connection. Students may choose to rent a computer from the EVSC. 

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.  There may be an additional charge for required textbooks for some AP courses.

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 note-taking 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. 

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-December for second semester. We follow the EVSC school calendar.

How do I enroll? 
First, you need to submit an online application. You can fill out an application by following these links: [email protected] Application  OR  Supplemental Course Application

After submitting an application, the student and parent will receive an email to schedule a conference. At this meeting, the program will be discussed in detail. If it is determined that the Virtual Academy is a good educational fit for the student, then enrollment can take place.

What is the cost of the courses?
The Evansville Vanderburgh Board of School Trustees approved 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. The fee schedule for students currently in EVSC schools is as follows:

[email protected]:
There is no fee for [email protected] students who enroll before the end of the first quarter.

Supplemental Courses:
Students who attend another high school may choose to take a class with the Virtual Academy. The fee for these courses depends upon the reason why you are taking them.

-EVSC students enrolled for credit recovery (to make up a course that they did not pass in school): $50 registration fee. 

- EVSC students enrolled for credit advancement (early graduation)
: $50 registration fee, plus a $200 course fee.

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

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

-Students who are enrolled in a school outside the EVSC: $900 fee.

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. 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. Students are expected to show their evidence of study when they report to the final exam. 

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.