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Virtual Scholars Academy Updates for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

  • As we plan for next school year, NPS is considering a full virtual program similar to the current Virtual Scholars Academy (VSA). While a final plan has not been determined, we will need data from parents to determine the details of the program for next school year. For the 2021-2022 school year, the Virtual Scholars Program will be a school-sponsored program open to all NPS students grades K-12 with full course offerings to include special education services and collaborative classes. 

    A few things you may want to consider when determining if the VSA Program is the educational program for your student: 

      • Students may or may not be taught by a teacher from their home school. 
      • Students CAN participate in sports and extra-curricular activities at their zoned/home school. 
      • Students cannot attend VSA if they are attending a specialty program (IB, Medical, Arts, etc.). 
      • Students/Parents will be asked for a year-long commitment to the program. 

    The VSA will provide students with 4 synchronous days of class per week to Zoom with their teachers and 1 asynchronous day to complete class assignments. The VSA may also have an Independent Study Program (VSA-ISP), which will allow students to work asynchronously all week through Canvas with scheduled meeting times with their teachers. As always VSA and VSA-ISP students must follow all NPS policies and procedures within the traditional schools and specialty programs. 

    Click here to take the survey: 2021-22 Virtual Scholars Program 

About the Virtual Scholars Academy (VSA)

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    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 to all students in grades 4-12 with full course offerings to include special education services and collaborative classes next school year.

    Students interested in attending the Virtual Scholars Academy must apply and be accepted into the program. Your application will be evaluated before acceptance into the Virtual Scholars Academy Program occurs.

    Students who are accepted into the program remain enrolled at their zoned school and can participate in all school-sponsored sports, clubs, and activities.

    Students cannot attend VSA if they are attending any of the specialty programs:

    • Academy of the Arts (Booker T. Washington High School)
    • Academy of Leadership and Military Science (Lake Taylor High School)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (Granby High School)
    • Leadership Center for the Sciences and Engineering (Norview High School)
    • NORSTAR* (Norfolk Science, Technology, and Advanced Research)
    • Medical and Health Specialties (Maury High School)
    • Academy of International Studies (Academy of International Studies at Rosemont)
    • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Academy for Discovery at Lakewood)
    • Medical, Healthcare and Engineering (Blair Middle School)
    • STEM Academy (Southside STEM Academy at Campostella)
    • Young Scholars (Academy of International Studies at Rosemont)

    *Students enrolling in Virtual Scholars Academy Program full-time program for the 2021-2022 school year understand that a transfer back to in-person learning at their home school will not provide them with their same teacher from the Virtual Scholars Academy Program.

    Students will be issued a Chromebook and a hotspot (if needed) by Norfolk Public Schools.

    Students who are not successful in the virtual environment will be provided additional support; however, they may be moved to an in-person instruction model.

    Please review the application and requirements for admission into the VSA. Students are to turn in their completed application to their school counselor by June 7, 2021

    Requirements:

    1. The student must have passed at least 5 classes during the 2020-2021 school year with 3 being core classes English, math, and science.
    2. The student must have had no more than 5 unexcused absences during the 2020-2021 school year.
    3. The student must have one completed teacher recommendation form from one of the four core areas
    4. The student meets the prerequisites for available courses (secondary only).
    5. The student and family are willing to make a one-year commitment to virtual instruction.

    *** If you meet the above requirement, please fill out the application and submit it to your guidance counselor. If the student does not meet the above criteria, in-person learning is recommended. ***

     

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

    Please send Chief Information and Instructional Technology Officer Dr. Michael Cataldo an email if you have additional questions: mcataldo@nps.k12.va.us

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