General FAQs

What grades are offered by Virginia Virtual Academy?

VAVA will offer full-time enrollment for grades K–10 in the 2017-2018 school year.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts, math, science and history are the core courses. Music and art are offered as electives for grades K–8.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide the educational materials for the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The online K–8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20-25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades, and progressively more as they advance through the higher grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.

What does it cost to attend the Virginia Virtual Academy?

As a program of the King and Queen County Public Schools, the Patrick County Public Schools and the Richmond City Public Schools. VAVA is tuition-free. The K12 curriculum is provided free of charge. Students and families will also be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).

Do you provide curriculum for children with special needs?

Depending on your child's IEP, we should be able to tailor our curriculum to meet your child's needs. See below for additional information about rights and responsibilities regarding the education of a child on an IEP:

If you suspect that your child may have an unidentified disability, please view this document. [PDF]

To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office at info@vava.org and we will put you in touch with our special education team.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in our school program outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, parks, clubs, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw your child at any time.