WHO SHOULD APPLY TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY?
Any student who resides in Harnett County and who will be in Kindergarten through the 12th grade may apply to attend. All students who apply will be screened in order to determine acceptance. Students and families should demonstrate the desire for a home learning environment, exceptional motivation, and the need for a flexible schedule.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION PROCESS?
Students will be screened prior to placement at HVA. Spots at the Virtual Academy are limited. If there are more qualified applicants than available spaces, students will be placed on a waiting list. The following criteria will be reviewed during the screening process: grades, attendance, behavior, academic history, previous test scores, parent support/learning coach availability, need for a flexible learning environment, medical needs, and motivation to be successful in a virtual environment.
IF A STUDENT HAS AN IEP, 504, or LEP PLAN, CAN THEY APPLY TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY?
Yes, students with an IEP, 504, or LEP plan can attend HVA. Support and services will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the team. Accommodations will be followed by the Online School.
WHAT COURSES WILL BE OFFERED?
Instruction at the Virtual Academy aligns with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. All courses will be taught by North Carolina certified teachers. High school students will have the opportunity to take Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and CCP courses.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY MUST BE PROVIDED BY THE PARENT?
All students applying for the Virtual Academy must have access to a reliable internet connection. Harnett County Schools will provide Chromebooks/iPads to students who are accepted and enrolled at HVA.
WILL STATE ASSESSMENTS BE REQUIRED?
Students enrolled in the Virtual Academy will be required to participate in state-mandated standardized testing in all applicable grade levels and content areas.
WILL STATE ASSESSMENTS BE CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY?
At this time, all state-mandated testing is required to be conducted in person. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the testing site.
WILL HVA STUDENTS BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS/EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT THEIR ZONED SCHOOL?
Students enrolled at Harnett Virtual Academy are not eligible for participation in athletics or extracurricular activities at their zoned school.
CAN STUDENTS RETURN TO THEIR ZONED SCHOOL FROM THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY?
Families will sign a one-year commitment to the Virtual Academy. Students will be allowed to return to their zoned school at the end of the academic year.
WILL THE VIRTUAL ACADEMY FOLLOW A DIFFERENT CALENDAR?
The Virtual Academy will operate on the Harnett County Schools calendar.
WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
If you have questions about the Harnett Virtual Academy, please contact Cindy Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.