Virtual Virginia

Virtual Virginia is a program, operated by the Virginia Department of Education, that serves students throughout the commonwealth and beyond.  Teachers in the program are employed by Virtual Virginia and students learn alongside peers from other Virginia school divisions using Virtual Virginia’s Canvas learning management system.

Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) students taking courses through Virtual Virginia remain connected to their zoned CPS school while receiving instruction from Virtual Virginia teachers.  Students may participate in all school-sponsored sports, clubs, and activities.  While students enrolled in the Virtual Virginia program can complete their coursework from any location where internet access is available, they may be required to report to their zoned school to complete assessments mandated by Chesapeake Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Education, and/or the College Board.  Because Virtual Virginia serves students across the state of Virginia, their school calendar varies slightly from the Chesapeake Public Schools calendar.

Students considering enrolling in Virtual Virginia courses must be independent learners, self-motivated, willing to ask for help when needed, and able to communicate effectively through writing.

Specific information about the Virtual Virginia program at the middle and high school levels can be accessed by selecting the links below or contacting your child’s school.

High school students may take courses with Virtual Virginia if the course they are requesting is not available through Chesapeake Virtual Academy. High school students should contact their school counselor for more information about online courses available to students in grades 9-12.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 Virtual Virginia courses which must be taken as part of a student’s normal course load.

Are honors courses available through Virtual Virginia?

Only academic level and AP courses are offered through Virtual Virginia.

Do students receive weighted credit for courses taken through Virtual Virginia?

All courses taken through Virtual Virginia are awarded one credit, regardless of the course that is completed. This includes classes that may be awarded as many as two credits (AP Literature, AP Economics, AP Biology, etc) in a brick-and-mortar setting. Students who take an Advanced Placement (AP) course through Virtual Virginia will be earn a single, AP weighted credit.

Can students take any course through Virtual Virginia?

In most cases students can only take a course through Virtual Virginia if it is not offered through Chesapeake Virtual Academy. Students may not take any half credit courses through Virtual Virginia, including AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Personal Finance, Trigonometry.

Can I complete Virtual Virginia courses from home?

Students can complete work from any location where a computer and internet are available. A mobile device is not sufficient.

How is Chesapeake Virtual Academy (CVA) 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. All Virtual Virginia teachers are employed by Virtual Virginia and there are students from across the state enrolled in the program.

What supports are in place to assist students?

Every student is assigned a mentor at their home school who can assist if a student is struggling. The mentor can connect students to tutoring opportunities, provide social and emotional learning support, and assist families as they navigate virtual learning.

Who do I contact if I need tech support?

Chesapeake Public Schools staff is available to assist with technical problems associated with CPS-issued devices. Virtual Virginia tech support is available by phone or email Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Will students need textbooks?

In most cases, all content is embedded digitally into the course and textbooks are not required. In the event that Virtual Virginia does require a textbook, it will be provided by Chesapeake Public Schools.

Middle school students may take a limited selection of courses through Virtual Virginia. Chesapeake Virtual Academy Middle students are permitted to enroll in one optional elective course each year through Virtual Virginia. Specific elective courses are available at the CVA Course listing page.

Transfer students who need to enroll in a course that is not offered through CVA, and is needed to continue in their course of study, may enroll in Virtual Virginia courses not listed on the CVA Middle Course listing page.

Students who are considering enrolling in a course through Virtual Virginia should carefully review the Student and Parent/Guardian handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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 middle school students earn high school credit for courses taken through Virtual Virginia?

CVA Middle students who take level one world languages will be awarded one high school credit upon successful completion of the course. High school credit is not awarded to CVA Middle students for any other course taken through Virtual Virginia.

Can students take any course through Virtual Virginia?

Specific Virtual Virginia elective courses are available at the CVA Course listing page.

Can I complete Virtual Virginia courses from home

Students can complete work from any location where a computer and internet are available. A mobile device is not sufficient.

How is Chesapeake Virtual Academy (CVA) 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.

All Virtual Virginia teachers are employed by Virtual Virginia and there are students from across the state enrolled in the program.

What supports are in place to assist students?

Every student is assigned a mentor at their home school who can assist if a student is struggling. The mentor can connect students to tutoring opportunities, provide social and emotional learning support, and assist families as they navigate virtual learning.

Who do I contact if I need tech support?

Chesapeake Public Schools staff is available to assist with technical problems associated with CPS-issued devices. Virtual Virginia tech support is available by phone or email Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Will students need textbooks?

In most cases, all content is embedded digitally into the course and textbooks are not required. In the event that Virtual Virginia does require a textbook, it will be provided by Chesapeake Public Schools.