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2021-2022 Greater Clark Virtual Academy

Greater Clark County Schools Virtual Academy is a distance learning option for those students in grades K-12 who wish to continue their education full-time through innovative learning environments. It provides an option for those parents who prefer an alternative to face-to-face instruction due to the medical vulnerability of the child or another family member who resides in the same household.

GCCS Virtual Academy provides access to course content and interaction with certified teachers. GCCS Virtual Academy provides a learning model that reflects the District’s commitment to providing students with high-quality instructional experiences and to meeting the needs of students and their families during these uncertain times.

Students enrolled in the GCCS Virtual Academy will be taught by certified teachers; however, students are not guaranteed to be enrolled in their home/neighborhood school. Teacher assignments will be made based upon enrollment throughout the district.

Registration for the 2021-2022 GCCS Virtual Academy has now closed. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please complete the online registration process and email:

·  cbarton@gccschools.com for requests to be on the Kindergarten-5th grade waiting list.

·  wgallagher@gccschools.com for requests to be on the 6th-12th grade waiting list.

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About the Academy

A typical day differs depending on the grade. Please see below for more details.

Grades K-5

  • Daily live sessions for the 4 core subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies): synchronous, real-time instruction for four days per week, Monday-Thursday. Fridays will be reserved for office hours and individual teacher appointments as needed.
  • Students will be expected to spend between 120-180 minutes daily online with teachers of the four core academic classes. Additional time each day will be spent on asynchronous activities and assignments.
  • Elective classes will be offered as well.
  • This program is a semester-long commitment; however, if students are not successful within the first 21 days of instruction, they will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Attendance will be taken during each live session. Students not in attendance will be counted absent according to the GCCS excused/unexcused guidelines, but still expected to complete the work. When students miss more than two live sessions, they will be contacted in order to problem solve. If absences reach the legal limit, the student will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Virtual Academy students will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  • Traditional course, textbook and technology fees will be assessed.
  • Students will be required to report in-person at their home schools for state testing sessions

Grades 6-8

  • Ten live sessions each week. Each of the four core subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) will meet twice per week. Elective courses meet once per week.
  • Students will be expected to spend between 70-90 minutes daily online with teachers. Additional time each day will be spent on asynchronous activities and assignments.
  • 8th-grade students will be required to complete Health as an additional elective course.
  • This program is a semester-long commitment; however, if students are not successful within the first 21 days of instruction, they will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Attendance will be taken during each live session. Students not in attendance will be counted absent according to the GCCS excused/unexcused guidelines, but still expected to complete the work. When students miss more than two live sessions, they will be contacted in order to problem solve. If absences reach the legal limit, the student will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Virtual Academy students will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics.
  • Traditional course, textbook and technology fees will be assessed.
  • Students will be required to report in-person at their home schools for state testing sessions

Grades 9-12

  • 100% virtual course delivery. Core classes will be delivered by GCCS teachers. Elective and credit recovery classes will be delivered through Edmentum Courseware.  AP/Dual Credit programming will not be offered as part of the Virtual Academy.
  • Students will select either an AM or PM time for a mandatory, live check-in session for attendance and progress monitoring.
  •  Attendance will be taken during live check-in conferences. Students not in attendance will be counted absent according to the GCCS excused/unexcused guidelines, but still expected to complete the work. When students miss more than two live sessions, they will be contacted in order to problem solve. If absences reach the legal limit, the student will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Students will be expected to complete daily assignments and follow teacher syllabus and due dates; courses will not be self-paced.
  • Core teachers will provide weekly office hours for tutoring.
  • Final exams for each course must be proctored by the Virtual Academy staff during the exam window.
  • Students will be required to report in-person at their home schools for state testing sessions
  • This program is a semester-long commitment; however, if students are not successful within the first 21 days of instruction, they will be required to return to the traditional setting.
  • Virtual Academy students will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics. Students will also not be eligible to attend Prosser.
  • Traditional course, textbook and technology fees will be assessed.
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Parent/Student Expectations

Students’ success in GCCS Virtual Academy is dependent on both the student and parent’s investment in this innovative learning environment. Parents who elect to have their child participate in the model agree to monitor academic progress and coursework. Parent and student responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor student progress and contact the teacher(s) with any concerns
  • Ensure student keeps pace within his/her courses and completes all assignments weekly
  • Ensure student’s daily participation in classes and adherence to the daily class schedule
  • Students in grades K-8 will follow a regular school schedule that includes several instructional activities and be expected to interact with their teachers during each school day. 
  • Attending mandated assessment sessions on-campus. 
  • Semester-long commitments
Additional Information

With the GCCS Virtual Academy fee structure, students will be issued a Chromebook and access to all online textbook and/or cloud-based curriculum login information. 

Each year, parents/guardians are given a suggested school supply of specific materials needed to be successful for learning (pencils, folders, etc.). The GCCS Virtual Academy supply list will differ from the traditional school supply lists. More information on what students will need will be released at a later date.

  • Students will receive services outlined within his or her IEP/ILP/504. The delivering service may not be a teacher at the child’s designated home school. 
  • Designated times of services will be arranged and will be dependent upon school level
  • Students are REQUIRED to attend scheduled service sessions
  • Special circumstances may warrant portions of services to be delivered in person
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