Chesapeake Virtual Academy High offers high school students the opportunity to take a variety of fully online courses as part of their high school experience. Chesapeake Virtual Academy courses are asynchronous which means students are not required to login at a specific time or place for live instruction. 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.
High school students who attend CVA will not receive daily, live instruction from teachers; however, teachers will be available to meet with students weekly for scheduled online learning support sessions and enrichment. Since CVA courses are asynchronous in format, 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.
Students who receive special education services may be required to attend synchronous meetings each day in order to receive services as outlined in their IEP.
All high school students in grades 9-12 are eligible to take courses through Chesapeake Virtual Academy. Students may select CVA courses as a part-time or full-time virtual student as outlined below:
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- 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 90 minutes a day for each course. Some students may work faster while others may need more time.
Can I take an online course as an extra class?
High school students can take a maximum of eight classes in a regular school year. This includes CVA courses which must be taken as part of a student’s normal course load.
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 school, or work from home, the public library, or any location that suits their needs. Part-time CVA students who wish to work from home may need to provide their own transportation to or from school.
What is the CVA attendance policy?
Students 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.
Do full-time CVA students ever have to report to campus?
Yes. Students must be on campus at their zoned school to complete standardized assessments mandated by Chesapeake Public Schools (MAP, industry credentials, etc), College Board, and the Virginia Department of Education.
What supports are in place to assist students?
All CVA teachers are available daily to meet with students who may need additional assistance. 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 participate in a graduation ceremony 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. Students will continue to work with their home school counselor and will receive a diploma from their home school upon graduation.
Will I have teachers from my home school for CVA courses?
CVA teachers may be full-time virtual teachers or teach a combination of on-campus and virtual courses at any Chesapeake high school. 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 seven of Chesapeake’s high 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.