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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 GCCS 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 GCCS 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.

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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: synchronous, real-time instruction.
  • Students will be expected to 
    • Spend between 45-90 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized English/Language Arts instruction. 
    • Spend between 45-90 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized Math instruction. 
    • Spend 20-40 minutes daily on intervention and/or enrichment activities
  • Related Arts classes will be offered as well. 
  • 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. 

Grades 6-8

  • Daily live sessions for the 4 core subjects: synchronous, real-time instruction.
  • Students will be expected to 
    • Spend between 45-60 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized English/Language Arts instruction. 
    • Spend between 45-60 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized Math instruction. 
    • Spend between 45-60 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized Science instruction.
    • Spend between 45-60 minutes daily with their teacher for whole group, small group, and/or individualized Social Studies instruction.
    • Spend 20-40 minutes daily on intervention and/or enrichment activities
  • Related Arts classes will be offered as well. 8th-grade students will be required to complete Health as an elective course.
  • 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. 

Grades 9-12

  • 100% virtual course delivery.  Synchronous course participation schedule will be determined by enrollment.
  • Students will select either an AM or PM session for attendance and progress monitoring.
  • Students must attend office hours: some office hours may occur after school hours.
  • Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments; core courses will not be self-paced
  • Students are expected to study a minimum of 5 hours per course in addition to their required coursework. 
  • Final exams for each course MUST be proctored by the Virtual Academy staff during the exam window.
  • Students will complete online tutorials, discussions, and offline unit activities for all core classes. 
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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.

  • K-8th grade students in the GCCS Virtual Academy will not be eligible to participate in any in-person extracurricular activities. 
  • For high school students in the GCCS Virtual Academy: 
    • Athletic eligibility will be determined based upon the IHSAA eligibility guidelines.  
    • All other extracurricular activity eligibility will be determined by the school.
  • 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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