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St. Vincent de Paul Virtual Academy

What does virtual learning look like for students attending SVVA?
Virtual students experience the same college preparatory instruction, engaging activities, and hands-on projects as their in-person peers. Instructors take advantage of a variety of innovative strategies including educational web-based tools and apps to engage students in the virtual classroom. Virtual students attend classes synchronously--that is, in real-time--learning alongside their on-campus classmates. 

What are the technology requirements?
Full-time students will be issued a Chromebook while enrolled as a student at SVVA. Part-time students will purchase a recommended personal device. Both full-time and part-time students will be required to purchase a recommended style headphones. To ensure no interruption in the virtual learning environment, families are required to have a reliable and stable high-speed Wi-Fi connection either hard-wired or wireless, a phone data tether or mobile hotspot device is not permitted. 

How is my student prepared for their online courses?
Students will complete a 6-hour Digital Boot camp training course, typically over the summer, so they are prepared for the first day of school.

Will my student be able to participate in athletics and extracurricular activities through SVVA?
SVVA is an academic program for students to complete their graduation requirements. Athletics and extracurricular activities are not a part of the SVVA program; however, your student will have social enrichment throughout the year with many opportunities to connect spiritually with their peers as a community through retreats, mass, and prayer.

How do I get help from teachers if my student is having difficulty with their course(s)?
In addition to the feedback that teachers provide on assignments or projects which parents can view in Canvas, they are available to assist students if they need further clarification or tutoring on course material. Teachers will have scheduled virtual tutoring sessions weekly where they will work with your student to help them be successful.

What kinds of safeguards are in place to keep my child safe while working on the internet?
Each student will have a school account that is formatted to support the educational platforms with controls in place to minimize deviation from school-authorized websites. All students must always be logged into Chrome as well as their school account daily.  

Will my child have a guidance counselor?
Yes! All SVVA students work one-on-one with a counselor through Peninsula Catholic High School. One counselor focuses on the students in grades 8-10 and one counselor coaches the upper-class students in grades 11-12 through the college and career planning process. Their experience begins with a personalized academic plan that outlines the courses required to earn a SVVA diploma. Each year, your student will meet with their counselor to review this plan. Additionally, counselors are available throughout the school year to address questions and concerns both academically and socially/emotionally. 

How is attendance and progress monitored?
Each classroom is equipped with a video conferencing camera to bring the virtual students in the live class with their in-person peers at Peninsula Catholic High School. Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class. All students are expected to participate in class and are required to be visible through their Chromebook webcam throughout each class.  Progress is evaluated by engagement in class and monitoring that is both informal and formal. 
 
How do virtual students engage with each other and the school community?
SVVA and Peninsula Catholic High School students will work in a collaborative learning environment. There are many opportunities throughout each course to break into small learning groups that integrate both the virtual learner with the in-person learner. This will allow students to get to know their peers and navigate how to work across various learning applications and platforms. Outside of class, SVVA students will be integrated into the community through various spiritual and retreat opportunities and will attend mass virtually.