What grades are offered by the Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy?
LAVCA will offer full-time enrollment for new students in grades K-10 in the 2015-2016 school year. Students may continue to attend LAVCA through grade 12.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, history are the core courses. There are also other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, world languages, and physical education. High school students also have access to AP courses, as well as more than 40 elective courses. Visit our K-8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students.
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. The online high school program is a combination of self-paced work and scheduled lessons and activities. 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 Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy?
Because we are part of the public school system, the Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy is available tuition free to students who reside in Louisiana. The entire K12 curriculum is provided free of charge. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
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:
- Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
- Louisiana's Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities [PDF]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to participate in school outings, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums and parks, student clubs, and more. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. 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?
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.