General FAQs

What grades does Nevada Virtual Academy offer?

Nevada Virtual Academy offers grades K–12 for the 2016–2017 school year. Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year will be open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

What subjects are offered?

Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses in grades K–8. A full academic program for grades 9–12 is also offered by Nevada Virtual Academy.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials needed to complete the program in grades K–12. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school courses use e-books and do not require textbooks.

Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?

Yes, we are a public school in Nevada, so students can earn a diploma through Nevada Virtual Academy based on successful completion and mastery of course content, and of course, exams and state assessments.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

Nevada Virtual Academy students can expect to spend the same amount of time on school work as they would in a brick and mortar setting. With course work, online class connects and face to face classes students will be in school at least 6 hours each day.

What does it cost to attend the Nevada Virtual Academy?

Because Nevada Virtual Academy is a public charter school, there is no tuition. However, students and families are responsible for providing their own computer and Internet service.

Are there any attendance requirements?

Yes. According to state law, Nevada Virtual Academy is required to offer 180 days of instruction in the school year.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Nevada Virtual Academy will meet the requirements of your student's Individualized Education Plan. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

Yes, with approval, K–8 students have the ability to move through the curriculum at a quicker pace. Learn more about advanced learners at Nevada Virtual Academy.

Since students do not go to a physical school building every day, how do they interact socially?

Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites and museums), picnics, and other social events. Nevada Virtual Academy also offers students the opportunity to meet with teachers face-to-face for additional support and tutoring if needed.

Can students do extracurricular activities at area schools?

Yes.

Testing and Assessment

Testing Coordinator

Mari Hawley grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Mount Olive while living in North Carolina. She also earned a Master of Science in Administration from the Central Michigan University. She worked with the Air Force for 7 years as a Test Administrator and managed the base’s National Test Center, working with College Board and Prometric. She recently moved to Nevada and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Education, also with Central Michigan University.

ELL Coordinator

Janna Coffey has been with Nevada Virtual Academy for over two years as the ELL Coordinator. She is originally from the Northeast. She was born in Baltimore, MD and moved when she was in 3rd grade to Gettysburg Pennsylvania. She attended BYU-Idaho and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education. Janna and her husband have been living in Nevada for 14 years. After earning her Masters of Education in TESL Education from UNLV, it was time to start a family! She has 3 beautiful children ages 9, 4, and 2. Over the past 5 years, Janna has become a devoted soccer mom and look forward to becoming a dance mom soon. She enjoys singing, performing and going to Disneyland. Janna loves working at Nevada Virtual Academy. Her passion is helping students of all ages. She loves the staff and developing relationships with others who share the same philosophies and joy that she does!

Testing and Assessment FAQs

How is student progress assessed?

Nevada Virtual Academy is a mastery-based program from kindergarten through 6th grade, which means students master concepts and lessons before moving on to the next lesson. Students are required to submit work samples to their teachers for evaluation and feedback. Teachers assess mastery and provide quantitative feedback in the secondary grades to students and families.

What tests are required as part of the program?

For the 2017-2017 school year student are mandated to complete a variety of tests. Students in grades 3–8 are required to participate in the Smarter Balance Assessment, based on grade level. To be eligible for graduation, students in the 11th grade, free of charge, must participate in the ACT. A student’s ACT score will not be used to determine graduation eligibility but can be submitted with college applications. To fulfill federal testing regulations all public-school students in 5th and 8th grade must participate in the Science assessments; 10th grade students will fulfill this requirement by completing a science End of Course exam. Students in grades 7-12 will be required to take End of Course Assessments at the conclusion of the aligned courses. These End of Course tests replaced the Nevada High School Proficiency Exams. Administration of the ACT Aspire summative assessment is mandated by the State Public Charter School Authority. The two required subject areas to be administered are Reading and Math. At Nevada Virtual Academy, grades 3-10 will participate.

Multiple test sites around the state will be available for students to take these tests. Information about these sites will be forthcoming as the testing deadlines approach. Please contact the school directly for information about the test sites.

Do I have to participate in state testing?

The Nevada Virtual Academy Parent/Student Handbook 2017-2018, provided to all parents and students, states all students are required to participate in state testing and are subject to disciplinary actions if they do not participate. Also, students who do not participate in state testing will have their letter grades reduced in the tested course by one (1) letter grade.

WIDA Testing FAQs

What is ACCESS for ELLs 2.0?

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is an English language proficiency assessment for Grades K–12. The test is administered every year to help school districts monitor the English language development of students identified as English language learners.

What is the purpose of the test?

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 measures students’ abilities to understand and produce English used within school settings. The four sections of the test are Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing.

Why does my child have to take the test?

Your child is identified as an English language learner. Your child will take the test every year until his/her scores meet the criteria to exit the language support program. Contact your child’s school for more information on how your child was identified as an English language learner.

When will my child take the test?

Every state sets a time frame for schools to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. Schools schedule when students will take the four sections of the test during the testing time frame. Contact your child’s school for more specific information on when your child is scheduled to take

How are the test scores used?

Scores from ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 can be used in many ways. Parents can use the scores to advocate for their child. Teachers use the scores to plan instruction and assessments. Districts use the scores to evaluate their language support programs, to monitor student progress in acquiring English, and to determine if a student is eligible to exit an English language support program. Scores are also used to meet federal and state accountability requirements.