Myths about Virtual Schools

MYTH:  Students who attend online schools/ school programs lack socialization and social skills.

FACT: Students at the Virginia Virtual Academy have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, parks, clubs, and other social events.

MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.

FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K–8 lessons are taught online. The rest of the K12 curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and microscopes.

MYTH: Attending the Virginia Virtual Academy is a part-time job.

FACT: Students will need to spend, on average, about six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level.

MYTH: Online school programs don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.

FACT: The Virginia Virtual Academy is a public educational program that happens to operate outside of a traditional classroom. As participants in a public school program, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Virginia (SOL). The K12 curriculum was developed to meet Virginia Academic Standards.