WJCC Schools Virtual Academy Overview
The WJCC Schools Virtual Academy is a 100% online learning option for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. These rigorous classes meet or exceed Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) and align with WJCC Schools graduation requirements. All WJCC Schools Virtual Academy students are expected to sign on and participate in daily instruction using a school division-issued laptop; MiFi hotspots are available to students without internet connectivity. Attendance, participation in lessons, and completion of assignments are monitored and graded.
Students are selected for the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy through an application process. Once enrolled, students are committed to online learning for the entire school year. Students enrolled in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy may participate in athletics and extra-curricular activities through their zoned home school.
Elementary Virtual Academy
At the elementary level, students take part in live daily instruction led by highly qualified, licensed teachers from the State’s Virtual Virginia initiative. Classes include reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. Time is built into the schedule for small-group work, daily class meetings, and specialty classes such as wellness, world languages, dance and arts. Parents are encouraged to review sample instructional schedules with their children. There is no cost for families to register for Virtual Virginia through the school division. To enroll, please contact Scott Holland, Elementary Virtual Academy Administrator at 757-603-6436.
Middle and High School Virtual Academy
Middle and high school courses include a blend of live and asynchronous instruction led by WJCC Schools teachers and highly qualified, licensed teachers from the State’s Virtual Virginia program.
Web-based classes include core subject matter content such as English, math, science and history as well as electives, special education services, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Specific course offerings will be determined based on student enrollment and teacher availability. Due to limitations with virtual learning, performing arts instruction will not be offered through the Virtual Academy. Students will continue to be eligible to participate in extracurricular performing arts activities.
Middle and high school students enrolled in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy must take part in an in-person orientation at the start of the school year and may be asked to meet with teachers in-person for select screenings, assessments, or conferences.
Is the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy Open to Everyone?
Any student may apply to the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy by logging in to their StudentVUE account. Selected students must be in good standing with a demonstrated desire or history of participation in online learning. Students who are traditionally successful in a virtual learning environment have the following characteristics:
While WJCC Schools Virtual Academy courses allow a great deal of flexibility for a student, the online learner must be able to stay on task, start and finish assignments in a timely manner, and follow course modules and meet deadlines.
Students in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy online will follow course modules provided by the teacher and must stay on task daily.
Participation in the WJCC Schools Virtual Academy requires dedication on the student’s part to keep up with class and submit all work on time. It is easy to get behind and an even greater challenge to catch up.
- Critical Thinker
Learning requires a process in which the online learner will make decisions about their own learning and experiences. The learner will need to analyze and evaluate the subject matter, raise questions, and figure out solutions to complex problems.
- Computer Literate
The online learner will need basic knowledge of computers and internet skills in order to be successful in an online course.
Need More Information?
Elementary school students and families who would like to discuss full-time virtual learning options should contact Scott Holland, Elementary Virtual Academy Administrator at 757-603-6436.
Michele Newcomb, Secondary Virtual Academy Administrator – (757)-603-6436
Middle and high school students and families who would like to discuss full-time virtual learning options, should contact their school counselor or Michele Newcomb, Secondary Virtual Academy Administrator at 757-603-6436.