General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy?

LAVCA will offer full-time enrollment for new students in grades K-10 during the upcoming school year. Students may continue to attend LAVCA through grade 12.  For more information regarding our Louisiana Department of Education School Performance Report, please visit https://louisianaschools.com/schools/WAG001#about-our-school.

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?

Although our curriculum may allow for some flexibility in pacing, it is important to know the following information for your student to be successful at LAVCA:

· Elementary grade level course work is mastery‐based. This consists of lessons that are followed by assessments, ensuring the student has mastered a particular area before moving on.

· The online assessments are integrated with the planning and progress tools, making it easy to find the right pace by subject and to stay on track.

· Middle school grade level course work is grade‐based. The online assessments are integrated with the planning and progress tools, making it easy to find the right pace by subject and to stay on track.

· High School grade level course work is credit based and rigorous.

· Each course has a regular weekly schedule of assignments and activities which are graded by a teacher and expected by the schools set due date.

· LAVCA provides all high school students with the courses needed to satisfy the TOPS requirements.

· LAVCA uses a "live" interactive virtual environment for communication, presentation, interaction and instruction. The interface provides a unique learning and teaching tool, capturing the essence of a "face-to-face" session. This is delivered via the Internet where the moderator and participants (and guests) log in using a computer (PC or Mac) with an Internet connection (DSL or cable recommended) through a browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft IE/Edge, or Mozilla Firefox. Users participate in interactive Web Conferencing sessions by talking, text messaging, listening and video.

· These sessions may be recorded for educational purposes, such as, but not limited to, providing the lessons to students who were absent and providing them to students for test preparation.

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:

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 info@lavca.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.