Burke Virtual Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
Burke County Virtual Academy is a virtual school of choice in the Burke County School System. Students in grades K-12 will enjoy a flexible, supported approach to online learning. As students work through daily lessons, their online teachers provide them with meaningful and timely feedback and instruction in a virtual setting.
■ Who is eligible to attend?
Any North Carolina student, who will be in grades K-12 for the 2021-2022 academic year, may apply to attend. Students should demonstrate they have the ability to be successful in a virtual learning environment. More information on student eligibility by grade level can be found on the 2021-2022 Student Eligibility Criteria document.
■ When is the application deadline for the 2021-2022 school year?
Open Enrollment for Burke Virtual Academy 2021-2022 is open through April 16th, 2021.
Applicants will be notified of their enrollment status during the week of May 31st.
■ Can my child return face to face once the school year begins?
■ What are the benefits of the Burke County Virtual Academy?
A virtual school offers several benefits. The most significant one is the flexibility online learning provides for students. While a traditional school has a more formal structure and schedule, online learning allows students and parents to organize their daily school work routine. For students who may be pursuing other interests in areas such as elite athletics, equestrian and similar competitions, or the fine arts, the flexible schedule alleviates conflicts between school and other commitments. Virtual learning also offers a personalized learning program that is tailored to a student’s needs, and provides parents the opportunity to guide and facilitate their child’s education in the home environment.
■ What classes will be offered?
All Burke Virtual classes are aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and include all core content areas: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Some elective classes will be offered.
■ Is all instruction offered online?
Yes. All instruction is online. Students do not have to go to a school or other location to complete their classes.
■ How many courses can my child take?
Depending on the type of enrollment desired and grade level, students may take anywhere from a minimum of two (2) to eight (8) courses each year. The number of courses will be driven by enrollment status.
■ What if my child has special learning needs?
District teachers will be trained to meet the needs of all students through a virtual platform. Students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will receive specially designed instruction and/or related services as determined by the IEP team from a licensed special education teacher. Accommodations and/or modifications on an IEP or 504 plan will be delivered by all teachers as indicated on the student’s plan. Once a student with an IEP or 504 plans is accepted for enrollment in the Academy, the student’s team will meet and determine appropriate services.
Students who have an English Learner Plan will receive additional support through either English language development direct instruction supplied by a certified English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, or by the ESL teacher teaching together with the regular teacher, or by the ESL teacher reviewing progress and making recommendations for instruction as needed. The level of ESL services depends on the student’s English language proficiency scores and will be considered on a case-by-case basis to best meet your child’s needs.
■ How much does it cost?
There is no tuition cost to attend. Like in other schools, there may be additional fees or supplies that will need to be provided by the student.
■ Who are the teachers?
All BCPS teachers are licensed and highly qualified in North Carolina.
■ How are the virtual classes structured?
All Burke Virtual Academy classes are offered online and structured appropriately depending on the grade level. Our Canvas courses, designed by talented local teachers, provide students engaging and interactive instruction. While students have flexibility about where and when to complete assignments, they are expected to login and work every school day, and to follow course deadlines established by their teacher. Our academy follows the Burke County Schools Calendar.
■ What technology will a student need at home?
Students need access to a computer and a reliable high-speed Internet connection. Student computers should be equipped with a web camera and microphone to allow for virtual video conferences. If you do not have this technology available please contact us to explore possible options.
■ Can homeschool students apply?
Yes. Burke County Virtual Academy is ideal for students in a homeschool setting because they receive additional academic support while maintaining a flexible schedule and personalized learning. Since our academy does not charge tuition, enrolling will eliminate the cost associated with purchasing online content for your children.
■ What academic support is in place for students?
The student’s teacher is the first point of contact to provide instruction, guidance, and help. Please remember that virtual learning inherently will have less hands on academic support than face to face teaching. Students who need support that exceeds the capacity of the Burke Virtual resources may be recommended for transfer to one of our traditional schools. Virtual learning may not be the best fit for all students.
■ Can my child participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes students that are enrolled in a Burke County School for at least half of the day or 180 minutes (at least 2 courses) can participate in extracurricular activities.
■ What is the amount of time my child will be learning each day?
Daily Time Commitment Expectations
2-4 hours per day
3-4 hours per day
4-5 hours per day
Time includes instructional delivery, reading, and assignments during this time. Remember in a virtual learning environment students can work on assignments at their own pace throughout the week.
■ Blended learning: Is there time everyday for live learning?
■ How is attendance taken in Burke Virtual Academy?
Kindergarten - 8th Grade Attendance:
9th - 12th Grade Attendance:
■ How can I access my student’s grades?
■ If I am working during the day can I work with my child in the evening?
Yes the virtual academy offers flexibility to families. The assignments and work that is assigned to students weekly can be completed when it is convenient for the family. The only time that students may be asked to join during the day would be for a live session where the student would meet synchronously with their teacher.
■ How will parents be involved?
Parents will act as At Home Learning Coaches for students participating in Burke Virtual Academy. The amount of support needed from parents is greater for younger students.
■ What materials are needed?
A device, high speed internet, and the normal school supplies you would normally need to complete assignments and work. More specific items will be communicated if needed when school begins.
■ Can my child participate in extracurricular activities?
Yes students that are enrolled in a Burke County School for at least half of the school day can participate in extracurricular activities. This includes the Virtual Academy. BCPS Policy 4160
■ What if I want to do Middle School Band?
Virtual Academy students who would like to participate in band at their base middle school will be required to report to campus for face to face instruction in this course. Please contact your base middle school for more information.
■ Will all of the high school courses be virtual?
Not all of the high school courses will be virtual. Course availability will be based on student enrollment. A full list of high school courses will be posted after the enrollment period ends.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the Burke County Virtual Academy or need assistance with the application process?
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