Huntsville Virtual Academy

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is open from June 5 to July 29, 2020. 
Please visit the Huntsville Virtual Academy Enrollment Page for more information.

Huntsville City Schools is pleased to offer a virtual learning experience for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade who are zoned for Huntsville City Schools and have completed enrollment. Students may choose to continue in the traditional learning environment or enroll in a virtual learning program with Huntsville Virtual Academy, HVA. 

The virtual curriculum features courses in mathematics, science, language arts, world languages, social studies, as well as electives. In collaboration with the school counselor, virtual school students will have the opportunity to select a virtual pathway to meet his/her learning goals. Students desiring a virtual, non-traditional learning environment are encouraged to apply.

The enrollment window for the 2020-2021 school year is open from June 5 to July 29, 2020.

With HVA, students will experience learning which occurs remotely with a Huntsville City Schools teacher, academic supports, and access to learning anywhere at anytime with a personalized pace and schedule.

Huntsville Virtual Academy students will remain enrolled in their home school and will be able to participate in clubs and organizations at their zoned school. They can also participate in athletics at their zoned school  (subject to Alabama High School Athletic Association eligibility.) Students who graduate from high school while a HVA student will receive a diploma from Huntsville City Schools and are eligible for honors graduate designations.

More Information

For more information about Huntsville Virtual Academy, view the FAQ questions and answers below, email Beth Keller, or call her at 256-428-6876

Huntsville Virtual Academy FAQ
What will Huntsville Virtual Academy look like?

Students will enroll as a full-time virtual student taking a full course load. They will work on classes at the time which works best for them. They don’t have to work during the normal school hours.  They may work at their own pace under the guidance of a Huntsville City Schools Virtual Instructor.

Why is a virtual program being offered?

To allow students the flexibility of being a Huntsville City School’s student without having to attend a brick and mortar school.  Virtual Academy students will also have access to athletics, extracurricular activities, and clubs offered by HCS. HVA students will also graduate from a Huntsville City Schools high school.

When can a student change from virtual to traditional or vice-versa?

We ask for Huntsville Virtual Academy students to commit to a minimum of one semester. Changes in enrollment can be made at the beginning of a new semester.

Will AP courses be offered?

Yes, students will be able to take AP courses through the Huntsville Virtual Academy.

What grade levels are offered?

The Huntsville Virtual Academy will serve students Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Can students participate in athletics?

Yes, Virtual Academy students can participate in athletics at their zoned school. The guidelines of AHSAA will be followed.

Can students participate in clubs and extracurricular activities?

Yes, Virtual Academy students can participate in clubs and extracurricular activities at their zoned school.

What is the enrollment criteria for HVA?

The requirements for student enrollment are:

  • Student must be enrolled in a Huntsville City School
  • Student must be in grades kindergarten – 12th grade
  • Student must have consistent, daily access to the Internet
Will the HVA student need to provide their own device?

No, the Virtual Academy student will be issued a Huntsville City Schools laptop to use for learning.

Are HVA students required to take state assessments?

Yes, all HVA students are required to take state mandated assessments on site at their zoned school.

Do HVA students have face-to-face on-site requirements?

Yes, HVA students have face-to-face obligations for orientation before classes start and state-mandated assessments. Parents/guardians are also required to attend orientation (location to be announced at a later date). State mandated tests are taken on the campus of the school for which the student is zoned.

How many credits per year are HVA high school students required to take?

High school students are required to take at least eight credits per year. Four of the seven credits must be core classes (math, science, English, and social studies) unless the student has accumulated more core credits than is required for the student to remain on track for graduation. Students may be allowed to earn additional credits, not to exceed ten per year.

Does the HVA follow the Huntsville City Schools academic calendar?

HVA operates on a standard semester system in accordance with the Huntsville City Schools’ academic calendar. Most high school classes are offered in a full year format or a modified block format.

Are HVA students permitted to graduate early?

Yes, students are permitted to accelerate their high school course progression. The HVA operates as a nine-month program (fall and spring terms). Students are allowed to take additional courses under the condition that they maintain the minimum pace across all currently enrolled courses. Students that graduate early have the option to participate in the graduation ceremony of the academic year coursework is completed. Students must submit the Early or Midyear Completion form with a parent’s signature no later than the semester prior to midyear completion.  This form may be obtained from the grade level school counselor.

Does the HVA have any extracurricular or sports programs?

HVA students may participate in athletic and extracurricular programs at their zoned school. If a high school requires students to take specific athletic or fitness and conditioning courses, then participating HVA students will be required to take these classes on site as well.

What happens if a student fails a course?

To recover the credit, students may be required to attend summer school. All courses attempted or completed will be recorded on the student’s transcript and calculated in the cumulative GPA.

Does a HVA student receive a Huntsville City Schools diploma?

Yes, HVA students receive a Huntsville City Schools diploma from their zoned school and participate in graduation with their zoned school.

Can an HVA student be an honor graduate?

Yes, students enrolled in the HVA are eligible for honor graduate recognition with Huntsville City Schools.

How does the Virtual Academy differ from the three learning frameworks?

Students will have two learning options for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year.  They will either be a traditional student, attending school in a classroom in the school building (dependent upon current health conditions) or they can enroll in the Huntsville Virtual Academy as a full virtual student (attending school remotely from home). 

The Traditional Student option will have three possibilities/scenarios that could occur throughout the school year, dependent on the COVID-19 health situation.  The three scenarios include:  Traditional, Blended, and Virtual.

The traditional framework includes face-to-face instruction in which students attend school every day. The traditional framework will be implemented if there is no surge or a low number of new cases of COVID-19.

In the event conditions do not permit for traditional learning, the blended framework will be utilized. Students will receive instruction both in-person and online. This framework will feature a staggered schedule in which students alternate days at school. This option will be utilized if COVID-19 cases increase daily or if there is concern for a potential surge in cases.

The virtual framework will occur if there is an active surge in COVID-19 cases and there are high rates of daily cases.  The virtual framework will include 100% online learning until health conditions improve and students are allowed to re-enter the school building.

Can magnet students enroll in HVA?

There will be a variety of virtual options for magnet students. Please contact the Office of Magnet Programs by email at or by phone at (256) 428-6987.

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