About the Virtual Scholars Academy (VSA)

  • The Virtual Scholars Academy (VSA) is an option for parents/guardians to have their child(ren) in grades 4-12 attend a virtual (online) school for the 2021-2022 school year. The VSA is a year-long commitment.

    The Virtual Scholars Academy (VSA) will be available for enrollment to students in grades 4-12 with full course offerings to include services and accommodations for students with disabilities as determined by students’ Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Section 504 team.

    Students interested in participating in the Virtual Scholars Academy must apply and be accepted into the program. Applications will be evaluated before acceptance into the Virtual Scholars Academy occurs.

    Students who are accepted into the program will remain enrolled at their zoned school and may participate in all school-sponsored athletics, clubs, and activities, if program requirements are met.

    *Students cannot participate in the Virtual Scholars Academy if they are currently enrolled in any of the school division’s specialty programs.

    *Students enrolling in the full-time Virtual Scholars Academy program during the 2021-2022 school year who transfer back to in-person learning at their home school will not be enrolled in courses/classes taught by the same teacher to which they were assigned in the Virtual Scholars Academy.

    Students will be issued a Chromebook and a mi-fi device (if needed) by Norfolk Public Schools.

    Students who are not successful in the virtual learning environment provided by the Virtual Scholars Academy will be provided additional support; however, they may be moved to an in-person instruction model as deemed appropriate by building principals/NPS administration.

    Please review the application and requirements for admission into the VSA. Students/families are to submit via email their completed applications online to VSA@nps.k12.va.us  by no later than June 14, 2021. Please review the next page for important dates and information for each program.


    1. Student meets academic course requirements by earning passing grades in all core courses (English, mathematics, science, social studies) in quarters one, two, and three during the 2020-2021 school year.
    2. The student must have had no more than 10 unexcused absences during the 2020-2021 school year.
    3. The student meets the prerequisites for available courses (secondary only).
    4. The student and family are willing to make a one-year commitment to virtual instruction.

    *** If the students meet the above requirements, please fill out the application, and email it to VSA@nps.k12.va.us by no later than the deadline of June 14, 2021. If the student does not meet the above criteria, the student will be enrolled in the school division’s traditional (in-person) program for the 2021-2022 school year. ***

    Additional answers to questions on the division VSA webpage: https://www.npsk12.com/Page/16178

    For more information about VSA, please contact Dr. Leon Edwards, Senior Coordinator-Instructional Technology and Virtual Learning, at ledwards988@nps.k12.va.us.