CVA Middle School

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) will offer students in grades 6-8 a new virtual learning option with Chesapeake Virtual Academy (CVA).  CVA will replace the full-time Virtual Virginia program and students who are accepted into CVA remain enrolled at their Chesapeake Public Schools zoned school where they can participate in all school sponsored sports, clubs, and activities.  CVA students learn alongside peers from other schools in the city, follow the same CPS curriculum used in brick and mortar settings, and CVA teachers are employed by Chesapeake Public Schools. 

Middle school students who enroll in Chesapeake Virtual Academy will participate in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities five days a week.  While students will have the ability to work at a pace that is personalized to their needs, students are expected to adhere to a weekly schedule with assignments due at various times during the week.  Students taking courses in CVA must be self-motivated, able to manage time wisely, regularly meet deadlines, and ask for assistance as needed. In addition, students should possess basic computer skills and be comfortable using the Internet for independent learning activities, email, and the Schoology learning management system.

Space is limited in Chesapeake Virtual Academy and applications will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. Students must be able to participate in daily synchronous instruction with their camera turned on and work independently to complete asynchronous assignments. Applications will be evaluated using the criteria listed below:

  • Student meets academic course requirements by earning passing grades in all core courses (English, math, science, social studies) in all quarters in the 2021-22 school year.
  • Student exhibits adequate attendance by having 18 or fewer daily absences in the (excused or unexcused) in the 2021-22 school year.

  • Students interested in enrolling in CVA courses should complete the application during the 2022-23 scheduling window (January-February 2022). The deadline to submit CVA course requests is March 1, 2022. Space is limited and course availability is determined by enrollment so the earlier students submit their course requests the greater chance they have to secure a seat.

    Chesapeake Virtual Academy students make a one year commitment to the program when they enroll. Students have until June 1, 2022 to change their mind and withdraw from the program.
Middle school students in Chesapeake Virtual Academy will select courses in English, math, science, social studies. All students will participate in health and physical education and Core Plus. Services for students with exceptional learning needs (EL, gifted, and special education) will be provided.

Students may also enroll in one elective course in the Virtual Virginia program. Electives are optional and limited to select courses. While Virtual Virginia electives are open to students in grades six through eight, students may only take each elective course once during their middle school career.

Questions about course offerings for middle school students should be directed to home school guidance counselors.

A list of course offerings is available at Course availability will be determined by enrollment and may vary from those listed.
  • Access to a computer (personal or school Chromebook) and internet connection (personal, public, or CPS hotspot).
    • Please note: a mobile device (phone or tablet) is not sufficient.
  • CPS will provide tech support for CPS issued hardware only.
  • Students should possess basic computer skills and be comfortable using the Internet for independent learning activities, email, G-Suite applications, and the Schoology learning management system.

How much time will I spend working on an online class?
Students should expect to spend the same amount of time completing work for an online class as they would a traditional class. For most students this means about 60 minutes a day for each course. Some students may work faster while others may need more time.

Can I complete CVA courses from home?
Students may complete their CVA coursework from any location where a computer and internet connection are available. Depending on a student’s schedule they may decide to participate in CVA courses from home, the public library, or any location that suits their needs.

What is the CVA Middle attendance policy?
Students are required to attend all synchronous courses at the assigned time. In addition they must complete a daily attendance check and are expected to adhere to all policies, including the Chesapeake Public Schools attendance policy, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Are live, synchronous sessions recorded?
Since attendance at synchronous sessions is required they will not be recorded..

Do CVA students ever have to report to campus?
Students must be on campus at their zoned school to complete standardized assessments mandated by Chesapeake Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education.

Are gifted and honors courses available to CVA Middle students?
Gifted and honors courses are offered as outlined on the CVA course offerings page.

Are electives through Virtual Virginia required?
No. Students do not have to take an elective with Virtual Virginia. If students choose not to take an elective they will have English, math, science, social studies, health and PE, and core plus as their full schedule.

What supports are in place to assist students?
All CVA teachers are available daily to meet with students who may need additional assistance in student support sessions. Teachers will not deliver formal lessons in these sessions, but will be available to assist students who need it through small group and individual instruction. Students may attend on campus tutoring sessions at their home school’s academic remediation program as well.

Will I be able to play sports and attend extra curricular events if I attend Chesapeake Virtual Academy?
Yes. CVA students remain connected to their home school and can participate in all school sponsored sports, clubs, and activities.

Is attendance required at evening support sessions?
Each teacher will offer one evening support session each week for students who need additional support. Students may choose to attend an evening session if it suits their schedule.

Will I have teachers from my home school for CVA courses?
CVA Middle teachers will be full-time virtual teachers and are not connected to a brick and mortar building. All teachers are Chesapeake Public Schools employees who have a connection to our community, school division, and our students. Students should expect to have classmates from all of Chesapeake’s middle schools in their CVA courses.

How is Chesapeake Virtual Academy different from Virtual Virginia?
All CVA teachers are Chesapeake Public Schools employees and follow the same district curriculum as students in on campus courses. In addition, all students enrolled in CVA are Chesapeake Public Schools students.

CVA Middle students are required to participate in live, synchronous instruction four days a week with cameras on.  Students are also required to participate in independent learning five days a week to complete asynchronous assignments.  Attendance at student support sessions is on an as needed basis. 

The schedule below is a sample CVA Middle schedule and may vary from student to student.  Students with exceptional learning needs may be required to attend additional synchronous online or in-person  instruction to receive related services and support from an appropriately licensed Chesapeake Public Schools teacher.


Monday/Thursday Wednesday Tuesday/Friday
8:00-8:30 AM Student Support Sessions
8:30-9:30 AM Bell 1 (Synchronous Instruction) 1:1 and Small Group Student Support Sessions Bell 2 (Synchronous Instruction)
9:30-10:30 AM Student Support Sessions Student Support Sessions
10:30-11:30 AM Bell 3 (Synchronous Instruction) Bell 4 (Synchronous Instruction)
11:30-12:30  Student Support Sessions Student Support Sessions
12:30-1:00 PM Lunch Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM Bell 5 (Synchronous Instruction) Bell 6 (Synchronous Instruction)
2:00-3:00 PM Asynchronous Learning Asynchronous Learning
Varies Optional VVA Elective (Monday-Thursday)
6:00-8:00 PM 60-minute Student Support Sessions (Monday-Thursday)