Virtual Learning Options

2024-25 Virtual Academy

Greater Clark County Schools Virtual Academy is a distance learning option for all Indiana students entering grades 9-12 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.

GCCS Virtual Academy provides access to course content and daily interaction with certified Greater Clark 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.

In order to comply with Indiana Department of Education guidelines, GCCS Virtual Academy enrollment will be limited to 100 students total for grades 9-12 for the 2024-25 school year. GCCS reserves the right to revoke the option for virtual academy for a particular grade level if the minimum number for enrollment is not met. Additionally, GCCS has a maximum for enrollment in each grade level and reserves the right to discontinue enrollment for a particular grade level once that number has been met. Parents will need to complete the GCVA Request for Enrollment prior to July 5, 2024, in order to be considered for enrollment in the virtual program. Enrollment acceptance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Students must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for enrollment in the program.

  • Students must have a good attendance record (no more than 15 absences in prior year)
  • Students are required to maintain Indiana residency.
  • Students are required to be actively enrolled in a Greater Clark school.
  • High school students must be on track to graduate (10 credits – Sophomores, 20 credits – Juniors, 30 credits – Seniors)
  • Parents must complete the InfoSnap Enrollment process prior to submitting the GCVA Request for Enrollment Application.

*If a student does not meet the requirements above, parents must provide documentation of extenuating, health-related circumstances necessitating participation in virtual learning rather than in-person learning.

About the Academy

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

Grades 9-12

  • Students will meet daily at 9 a.m. for a mandatory, live check-in session for attendance, announcements and progress monitoring.  Students not in attendance will be counted absent according to the GCCS attendance guidelines, but still expected to complete the assigned daily work.
  • Core classes will be delivered by GCCS teachers. Elective and credit recovery classes will be delivered through Edmentum Courseware.  Due to the nature of the virtual academy, course offerings are limited:  Honors/AP/Dual Credit programming will not be offered.
  • Each of the four core subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) and the Senior Pathway course will meet twice per week between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • 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.
  • Students will be expected to complete daily assignments and follow the teacher syllabus and due dates; courses will not be self-paced.
  • Core teachers may provide additional office hours for tutoring.
  • This program is a semester-long commitment; however, if students are not successful, 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 not be eligible to attend Prosser.
  • Traditional course, textbook and technology fees will be assessed. Students will be issued a district Chromebook device and must follow the GCCS Acceptable Use Policy.  
  • Students will be required to report in-person at their home schools for state testing sessions.
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Parent/Student Expectations

Student’s 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.
  • Utilize PowerSchool Parent Portal Account to monitor student assignments and grades. 
  • Ensure student’s daily participation in classes and completion of all daily assignments.
  • Ensure that the student has adequate internet access in order to fully participate in live Google Meets.
  • Provide transportation for mandated assessment sessions at assigned home school. 

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. Parents are encouraged to complete the Application for Lunch Assistance in order to qualify for additional benefits and scholarships. 

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 need will be communicated by the teachers.

  • The student will receive services outlined within his or her IEP/ILP/504. The delivering service may not be provided by 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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