Huntsville Virtual Academy
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 24, 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.
Huntsville Virtual Academy FAQ
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.
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.
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.
No, Virtual Academy students will be issued a Huntsville City Schools laptop to use for learning.
Students in grades K-2 will receive new devices (touch screen Chromebook) at a 1:1 ratio. Grades 9-12 will receive new windows laptops to replace older ones. Middle school students received Chromebooks in FY 18-19.
Additional inventory devices were purchased to account for breakages and possible supply chain interruptions.
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.
All school campuses are equipped with 300 yard wifi range, thanks to a partnership with AdTran and Huntsville Utilities. Additionally, HCS will deploy wifi-equipped buses into the community for families to access wifi. Families are also invited to visit everyoneon.org to view low-cost internet options in the area.
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
The deadline to enroll is July 24, 2020.
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.
Yes, magnet students are still able to participate in athletics under the previously set guidelines.
Pre-K students are not offered the virtual option per guidance from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.
Yes, Virtual Academy students can participate in athletics & extracurricular activities at their zoned school. The guidelines of AHSAA will be followed for all athletics. Students who wish to participate in highly specialized courses, extracurriculars, or athletics should contact their home or magnet school to make arrangements for participating.
Yes, each program will determine how the virtual student can participate in all magnet activities based on scheduling.
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.
No, the M2M transfer will remain. HVA students will remain as students in their M2M transfer school while attending HVA.
Our goal is to create virtual classes that are similar to the traditional classroom size, based on student enrollment numbers in the Huntsville Virtual Academy.
The Huntsville Virtual Academy will serve students Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Students will log in to a learning management system to view coursework, engage in learning modules, watch instructional videos, engage with teachers and classmates, and complete assignments.
Schoology will be the district’s LMS for both traditional and virtual students. However, virtual students will access SchoolsPLP as well, an instructional resource to compliment teacher instruction.
Both the traditional and virtual curriculum are aligned with Alabama College and Career Ready standards.
Assignments will be posted weekly giving students the opportunity to work at their own pace.
Both. For elementary students, students will have the choice to frequently engage in live learning with teachers and classmates. Secondary students may have the ability to engage in live instruction with teachers and classmates. In addition to live learning, teachers will also pre-record video lessons for students to watch as well. Students will have the ability to watch any live learning opportunities they may have missed.
Students can view recorded lessons once the lessons have been uploaded in Schoology. Lessons will be available for viewing after the lessons have been conducted in real time sessions. Students can complete and submit assignments at different times. However, these assignments must be submitted by the due date issued by the classroom teacher.
Yes. All lessons will be delivered internally by Huntsville City Schools teachers.
Students will interact with the HVA teacher at least three times per week per subject during interactive instructional meetings and small group instruction time periods. In addition, the teacher will provide office hours for students to provide academic support or answer student and parent questions. HVA students will interact with other virtual students in the same online class through interactive instructional meetings.
Yes. Teachers will host office hours in addition to engaging in live instruction with students for additional support. Unless the Remote Learning Framework is implemented, HVA teachers will teach from inside a school building.
- Students will continue to attend their zoned school unless on an eligible transfer.
- Students will be enrolled at their zoned school regardless of traditional student or virtual student status.
- The application window for Majority-to-Minority transfers for 2020-21 is currently closed. The application window for 2021-22 will open November 15th for traditional and virtual students.
Students will be provided instruction by an assigned Huntsville City Schools teacher (HCS). However, there is a possibility a student will have an HVA teacher from his/her homeschool when possible.
Students will be placed in grade level groups and provided instruction by an assigned HCS teacher. The district will make every attempt possible to include students from the same school and grade level in a class together when possible.
Yes. Elementary students may frequently engage in live learning activities with a teacher and their classmates. Secondary students will have that ability as well, but students will have more flexibility to work at their own pace.
Yes, all HVA students are required to take state mandated assessments on site at their zoned school.
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.
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.
Yes, HVA students have face-to-face obligations for state-mandated assessments. State mandated tests are taken on the campus of the school for which the student is zoned.
Yes, students will be able to take AP courses through the Huntsville Virtual Academy.
While Schoology & SchoolsPLP will continue to be used, school administrators and teachers identified several limitations with those products. FuelEd and Edgenuity were added as additional options for schools. The content platforms will not take the place of direct teacher instruction for traditional or HVA students.
Edgenuity has several academic offerings. which included courses designed for blended learning and separate courses for credit recovery. The courses are approved by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the NCAA.
There are several factors in this decision, including finance, teacher usage, and student enrollment. Edgenuity allows for more flexibility at the secondary level and will allow HCS teachers to continue instruction of all courses, including specialty courses offered by HCS, for both HVA and traditional students.
Trainings will be held in September for administrators and teachers before these products are used.
Yes, however this will occur at the building level. Some schedules may change based on enrollment and teacher assignments.
The teacher will still be the primary source of instruction. There are a few students who will have independent study courses, and both Edgenuity and ACCESS will be used in those cases. However, HCS teachers will continue to conduct their classes.
All courses will follow HCS curriculum guides, which will allow for a seamless transition back to the classroom setting.
HCS released the platforms to schools as quickly as possible after receiving them from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE).
GATE services are continuing primarily remotely to help reduce the number of people our students are exposed to and the services are continuous over the course of the week. Students will receive lessons in ELA, Math, and Creativity at the beginning of the week, meet as a group with their GATE teacher online once a week, and have the opportunity to meet with the GATE teacher one-on-one or in small groups during the GATE teacher's office hours, which are offered multiple times over the course of the week. We are accommodating our GATE students when they are out of the regular classroom by giving classroom teachers the option of using the ELA or Math assignments as a grade. Students will not be required to make up missed work when they are out of the regular classroom attending GATE.
Yes, HVA will provide GATE services to identified students via Schoology. These services will be aligned with those offered in traditional school with an emphasis on alternate, accelerated activities in ELA and Math. Teachers assigned to support the HVA caseload will meet virtually with students to support completion of alternate, accelerated assignments.
Gifted identified students will receive an equivalent number of alternate activities to follow state guidelines of three hours per week whether attending school traditionally or virtually. Gifted teachers will “push in” to traditional classrooms and meet virtually with HVA students to support students completing alternate, accelerated activities. Activities designed to build skills in creativity will be offered virtually.
Yes, students attending HVA can be referred and tested. Assessments will be administered virtually and at Apollo Academy at 2800 Poplar Avenue.
All second-grade child find assessments for GATE services will be administered virtually and at Apollo Academy at 2800 Poplar Avenue.
Since the HVA students are assigned to the different caseload of the HVA gifted teacher, they can’t attend in-person GATE at their neighborhood school. They will attend the HVA GATE teacher’s classes virtually.
Teachers across HCS, whose caseloads are smaller, will assume the HVA gifted caseload.
ELA, Math, and Creativity.
HVA gifted students and advanced learners will have access to the districtwide enrichment clusters in addition to alternate, accelerated activities offered by the HVA GATE teachers. In addition, the HVA GATE teacher is available as a consultant to the HVA teachers to assist with challenging options for students.
Yes, HVA students receive a Huntsville City Schools diploma from their zoned school and participate in graduation with their zoned school.
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.
Yes, students enrolled in the HVA are eligible for honor graduate recognition with Huntsville City Schools.