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.

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 to students to 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 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.

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.  [email protected] students will attend study sessions two days each week and supplementary students will attend after school study sessions with teachers as scheduled with the teacher. Students will be required to meet with the teacher for a progress 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.  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 reach the application at these links: [email protected] application or High School Supplementary 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. The enrollment fee can also be collected at this time.

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:

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

Students enrolled for credit advancement (early graduation)
: $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: $900 fee.

[email protected] students will pay a flat $50.00 registration fee each semester but there are no other textbook or lab fees.

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.  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 (F).

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.