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Online Education

Who takes PCAplus Virtual Academy classes?

PCAplus Virtual Academy (PVA) classes are for anyone! Public, private or home schooled students, or even adults wanting to expand their knowledge base in a specific area, can take PVA classes.

Why would someone take a course from PVA?

  • A full-time virtual academy student
  • Hybrid student taking courses part-time somewhere else
  • Take a course needed for graduating on time
  • To accelerate graduation
  • Make up course work
  • To help balance academic and curricular activities
  • To take a course not offered at their school
  • Due to homebound reasons
  • Have experience in the online educational world before college

What are the advantages of taking a course from PVA

  • Students working through word processing programs often spend more time editing and revising their work.
  • Shy or reserved students are more likely to participate than in the normal classroom environment.
  • All lectures, notes, presentations, discussions and web links are easily accessible for student review at any time.
Teachers are accessible and often times give one-on-one assistance.

Courses

When Do PVA classes begin?

Students request classes Monday through Wednesday. Typically by Sunday, students receive course verification and on Monday receive their login information. Students begin the Orientation, which gives them important information on how to work in the course system, as well as, information on the late work policy and academic integrity.

How long do students have to complete courses?

A full year course runs for 36 weeks; however, students work at their own pace and can finish a class as early as 12 weeks (or 6 weeks for a semester course) or students may even submit a course extension request if they need more time. For our elite athletes, we schedule courses for a full 12 months, but most athletes finish early.


Is There a Certain Schedule Student Must Follow?

No, students can log in and work on course work at any time.

Can Students Select Their Classes?

Students have the ability to pick their own classes as long as they meet any pre-requisites needed to be enrolled in a class. The PVA guidance office works with families to ensure students have all courses needed for graduation.

Are Credits Transferable?

Credits from other online schools or home school are transferable as long as the other online school is accredited and/or your home school class has been verified for completion and credit is shown on a transcript. Credit for the course transfers, but GPA only includes courses take through PCAplus or PCA.

Graduating from PCAplus Virtual Academy?

Students with credits from another institution can graduate from PVA as long as the student takes their last 25% of credits through PCAplus Virtual Academy and all other graduation requirements are met.

Is PVA Accredited?

PCAplus Virtual Academy is currently Accredited through AdvancED Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Are PVA Courses NCAA Eligible?

PCAplus Virtual Academy coures are NCAA elegible for high school students to participate in college athletics.

Full-Time Students

Are Standardized Tests Required?

It is recommended that PVA students take PSAT and/or Residual ACT. However, PVA students are required to take a beginning of year test in Math and Reading online every year.

Graduation Requirements?

Service Hours?

Yes, PVA students must complete 40 hours of community service.

Applications

How to Apply?

Students can download an application from the link to the Virtual Application and email, fax or mail it in to the PCAplus office.

How is Admission Determined?

The PCAplus committee makes all final decisions on admissions. Once the application is submitted and courses are requested, the committee meets and applicant is notified as soon as admittance decision is made.

When Are Applications Due?

Applications can be submitted any time. Classes can begin any Monday, depending on date of application submission.

Do Students Take Admission Tests?

No, students are admitted into classes depending on pre-requisites taken for specific courses. Transcripts showing completed classes are due with prospective student application.

Do Students Have to Be Enrolled Full-Time

No, a student can take as few as one course or as many as a full course load.

Teacher Check-in Call

Teachers

Will My Child Have a Teacher?

Yes, every PCAplus Virtual class has a specific teacher that contacts your student before class begins with a "Welcome Email" and "Welcome Call."

Who Are PVA Teachers?

The Virtual Academy teachers love their students and demonstrate outstanding skill in online instruction. Teachers have: applied; been through an extensive hiring process including references checked, drug screening and had a criminal background check. After this, teachers are trained, mentored and given continued staff development.

Are Virtual Class Teachers Certified?

Yes, all virtual teachers are certified in their content area.

How Can Students Contact Teachers?

Teachers make initial contact (phone call, email or skype) with all students and parents before the student begins the class. During this contact the teacher provides for the students their email address, skype address and phone number along with the teacher’s office hours. Teachers are required to reply to student contact within 24 hours.