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WELCOME TO NORTH CAROLINA VIRTUAL ACADEMY

For more info about K12, please click on the below links:

 

NCVA 2022-2023 ENROLLMENT UPDATE

Due to enrollment limits set by the state of North Carolina, NCVA is currently at capacity for all grade levels. We do not anticipate being able to offer seats to any new students for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, and therefore, enrollment is now closed. This means that even siblings of current students will not be allowed to enroll at NCVA if a parent wishes for the 2022-2023 year. If you would like to contact your state representatives to advocate that NCVA be allowed to increase enrollment, please check out the information at the links below.


North Carolina General Assembly: https://www.ncleg.gov/findyourlegislators

North Carolina Governor: https://governor.nc.gov/contact/contact-governor-cooper

North Carolina Lieutenant Governor: https://ltgov.nc.gov/contact-0

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS

*See your Class Connect Schedule in the Online School for Virtual Sessions.

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October 31st-November 5th: Barnes & Noble Virtual Bookfair!

November 4th: Adventure Day/Outings

November 11th: Veterans Day (NCVA Closed)

November 14th-16th: HS NC Check-ins

November 15th: [RSVP] LC Speaker_ Supporting the Arts for Learning

November 17th: LC Speaker_(K-5th) Math Strategies

November 17th: Submission Deadline for K-8th STEM Fairs

November 18th: LC 7 Mindsets (6th-12th)

November 23rd-25th: Fall Break (NCVA Closed)

December 1st: LC Speaker_ (K-5th) Is it Time to Ask for Help?



~Save the Dates~

December 9th: Virtual Outings (K-5 Winter Jubilee and MS/HS Fall Art & Talent Show)

December 12th-16th: HS EOC In-person exams (E-mails will be sent to applicable students from testing@ncvacademy.org)

 

SY 22-23 NCVA ANNUAL HEALTH NOTIFICATION

Per NC State and K12 guidelines, NCVA is required to provide families important immunization and health information annually. This includes updates for SY 22-23. Please review the NCVA Annual Health Notification SY 22-23 closely and save it for future reference.


Be sure to follow-up with your local health care provider or local health department with additional questions as it pertains to your student(s). We wish your family a happy and healthy school year!

 

UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONN

Please ensure your phone number and e-mail are up to date in the OLS under your LC Account.


Change of Address: Proof of Residence (utility bill, lease, home owner's statement) is required to update your physical address. Please complete the following link as soon as possible.

 
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STATE EXAMS FOR 2022-23

As a public charter school, NCVA students are required to participate in State mandated testing. These exams are in-person at assigned sites. As you are making advanced plans, be sure to block off the following dates. Specific dates, times, and locations of your student’s exams will be shared with families a month in advance from testing@ncvacademy.org. Please make arrangements to be present and on time. Due to the high number of students across the state that need to test, space at our venues, and DPI testing regulations, there is very limited availability to reschedule.


BOG (3rd Graders): August 29th – September 2nd

Check-Ins #1/PreACT (3rd-8th Graders/10th Graders): October 17th-21st

Check-Ins #2/Fall EOCs & CTEs (3rd-12th Graders): December 12th-16th

Check-Ins #3/ACT (3rd-8th Graders/11th Graders): March 13th-17th

EOGs/RtA/EOCs/CTEs/Extend1 (3rd-12th Graders): May 26th – June 9th (except Memorial Day)



Why is it important that my student participate? This was expressed during the Enrollment process and is included in the NCVA Handbook that families signed upon beginning school. All testing dates are indicated on the NCVA Calendar.


*Please read the Family Testing Guide for additional information.*


Participation in testing is mandated by the State. It provides valuable information to DPI as they norm grade level expectations and make charter renewal decisions.

Grade Impact: In 3rd Grade, a student may be retained if they do not demonstrate reading proficiency on a state-approved ELA exam. EOCs for High School represent 20% of the student’s grade in the course.

We could lose our charter to operate if our students do not attend.

A student may be administratively withdrawn from NCVA for non-participation and may not log attendance hours on days they’re absent from testing.

Medical emergencies, such as student hospitalization, are evaluated by the State on a case by case basis. Please notify the school in the event of an emergency.

 

HIGH SCHOOL TEST DATES FOR 1ST SEMESTER

HS students that are enrolled in an EOC or CTE course will take check-ins October 17-21 and Nov 14-17, in-person exams between Dec 12-16. These are REQUIRED and are worth 20% of your overall grade. Please block those dates on your calendar. Specific dates, times, and locations of your student’s exams will be shared with families later in the Spring semester. Please make advanced arrangements to be present and on time.

 

STRIDE CAREER PREP & SUCCESS COACHES!

Stride Success Coaches Help You Get Results! Ready to get a jump-start on your career plans or college admissions?


We're excited to provide high school students at Stride K12-powered public schools with exclusive access to professional, experienced career coaches who offer advice on building a strong resume, networking, interviewing, internships, college prep, and more—all at no cost. Find out more about all of their services here.

*NEW* Join the Career Prep Club at NCVA this Fall!


HS Internship Handbook

Find an internship!

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NCVA's Beacon Herald Monthly Newsletter

This is a monthly school newsletter created from our Family Engagement coordinator to help new and returning families get involved with NCVA. It contains tips/tricks for learning coaches, lists upcoming events, and a spotlight on all NCVA news. 

 
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PLEASE SUPPORT OUR VIRTUAL BOOKFAIR!

A percentage of the net sale will be contributed to our school/organization. Please read the list of excluions below. NCVA will be allowed only 1 in-store day which is Monday, October 31st. Please send any questions to Ms. Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org Thank you for your support!


Exclusions:

*The purchase of gift cards, Barnes & Noble memberships, textbooks, video games, digital devices including NOOK®, purchases made at Cafés owned and operated by Starbucks® and other items Barnes & Noble may exclude from time to time in its sole discretion are not included in bookfair totals. Institutional discounts may not be applied.

 

NCVA SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR SY 2022-23

 

K12 STUDENT ID CARD

Have you ever wanted to own a physical Student Identification Card for community discounts? The K12 site for ordering these has launched. Order yours today for a minimal fee that includes shipping at http://studentid.k12.com .

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K12 LEARNING LIFTOFF NEWSLETTER

For fun ideas for you and your children, subscribe to our Learning Liftoff newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Register here: http://www.learningliftoff.com/


https://www.learningliftoff.com/

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STRIDE SERVES: COMMUNITY SERVICE

FOOD DRIVE

Ways to get involved:

Donate non-perishable food items at an Outing location on November 4th with NJHS.

Make a donation of non-perishable food items to a local food pantry or charitable organization within your community at any point during the month.

Volunteer to serve food at a local soup kitchen (pending any COVID restrictions/guidelines)

Host an independent food drive with your family.


Contact Jillian Davenport at jdavenport@ncvacademy.org with questions.


Ways to get involved:

Attend Beacon Time Sessions focusing on healthy relationships and bullying prevention.

Wear and share Orange on October 19th for National Unity Day

Wear Purple on October 20th for Spirit Day in support of youth identifying as LGBT.

Take the Pledge at https://www.pacer.org/bullying/pledge/ to promote Kindness, Acceptance, Inclusion, and to Support others who have been hurt by bullying.


Contact Jillian Davenport at jdavenport@ncvacademy.org with questions.


Community Service Credit:

LOG your service hours here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12Cares

SHARE your pictures in the LC Community on the K12 App with the hastag #StrideServes!

 
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MS/HS ONLINE ART & TALENT SHOW: SUBMISSION DEADLINE: WED, 12/7 AT 5:00 P.M.

ALL students at NCVA in grades 6-12 may submit artwork or talent.

• Limit (2) submissions per student

• Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Digital Art, Pottery, Folk Art, musical compositions, dance performances accepted.

• NON-COMPETITIVE.


Submission Guidelines:

1. Take a high quality digital photograph, video or recording.


2. Artwork should be attached to an email and sent to Ms. Brancaccio (dbrancaccio@ncvacademy.org) for Middle School Students and Ms. Venable (vvenable@ncvacademy.org) for High School Students with “ART SHOW SUBMISSION” as the subject title. Performances should be submitted using Flipgrid: https://flip.com/9e5782d6 Guest Password: Artshow22!


3. Artwork submissions MUST INCLUDE full name of student, grade level, the media or category of the submission and the title of the piece in the body of the email.

SUBMISSIONS NOT FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STEM FAIR

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TH, 11/17

Welcome to our very 1st Virtual STEM Fair! It is scheduled for Friday, January 13th via the Online School. Please read the attached pdf closely for more details. If you would like to make a project submission, complete the registration survey https://forms.gle/a3wnoZw61orgPRwm6 by Thursday, November 17th. Projects are optional. We have a team of teachers that are excited to support you. Please contact the appropriate


Grade Level Points of Contact

Kindergarten- Mrs. Brown

Email: kebrown@ncvacademy.org

1st Grade- Mrs. Lindsay

Email: nalindsay@ncvacademy.org

2nd Grade- Mrs. Lyons

Email: slyons@ncvacademy.org

3rd-Grade-Ms. Mullins

Email: kmullins@ncvacademy.org

4th-Grade-Mrs. Blankenship

Email: gblankenship@ncvacademy.org

5th-Grade-Mrs. Howarth

Email: showarth@ncvacademy.org

 
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MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM FAIR

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TH, 11/17

Welcome to our very 1st Virtual STEM Fair! It is scheduled for Friday, January 13th via the Online School. Please read the attached pdf closely for more details. If you would like to make a project submission, complete the registration survey https://forms.gle/JfvTxrmEB9Hm9qsp8 by Thursday, November 17th. Project submission is optional. However, students that participate will receive be eligible to receive extra credit in their Science course! We have a team of teachers that are excited to support you. Please send a direct e-mail to Ms. Davenport at jidavenport@ncavcademy.org for assistance with general questions. Happy creating!

 

STRIDE K12 NATIONAL NEWSLETTER

Stride K12 National Newsletter

Please read the Stride K12 Newsletter November 2022 for updates from the National Team!

National Activities

Student Challenges


Join the LC Community!

You can access our school’s LC Community from the K12 App by logging in with your Learning Coach credentials and clicking the Community tab at the bottom.


Don’t have the K12 App? Download the K12 App on your iOS or Android device today!



Join us at www.learningcoachlife.com!

 

STUDENT CONTINUED ENGAGEMENT PLAN FOR SY 22-23

Dear Learning Coaches: Please take a few moments to download and read the SY22-23 Student Continued Engagement Plan. It addresses what to do if a course or learning system is unavailable during the regular school day. It will be maintained in the Beacon Herald for your reference.

 
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NCVA FAMILY DIRECTORY SY2022-23

COMING SOON! Many of you have asked about additional ways to connect with other families in your area. If you choose to opt into the family directory, you can connect with other families in your area with students of the same age. We are excited to offer this, and we hope you take advantage of the opportunity. Be on the lookout for the Family Directory Opt-in in September!

 

LET'S GET SOCIAL!

Please take advantage of opportunities to connect with the K12 and NCVA communities online and social media, via:


K12 App NCVA Learning Coach Community: Learn about the LC Community HERE.

Access the school and national communities using your LC Credentials

Find resources and announcements

Search and send direct messages to other LCs with similar interests.

BONUS! Your involvement facilites students connections outside of school!


Download the K12 App Today!

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NCVA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NorthCarolinaVirtualAcademy/

If you have not already, take a few moments to review our school on the NCVA Facebook page. Share your experience with others by clicking on the "Review" tab. This is a great way to make friends and connect with other NCVA families.

 
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NCVA CLUBS FOR 2022-23

Our school-based clubs will be starting soon at NCVA! Take an early look at our current offerings HERE for SY 22-23 . Registration is now open for most clubs, unless otherwise noted in the S’more. Check back for future updates! Please contact Jillian Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org with any questions. Have a great school year!

 
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STRIDE CLUBS FOR K12 POWERED SCHOOLS

The National Team sponsors Clubs and Challenges for students attending Stride K-12 Powered schools. Activities this year will run through May 23rd and typically start again in September. Check out the Stride K12 Clubs Smore HERE!


Student and Family questions about Stride K12 National Clubs & other National Programming may be directed to clubs@k12.com .

 

LC SPEAKER SERIES

Welcome! Our Learning Coaches are the heart of our student experience. Each month we have a line-up of guest speakers to support YOU in this unique and rewarding role. Come to learn, network, and socialize with other LCs within our school community. We look forward to your participation in our LC programming this school year.


Please contact Jillian Davenport at jidavenport@ncvacademy.org with any questions regarding Learning Coach programming or the LC Community in the K12 App. Have a great year!

 
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MATH STRATEGIES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 
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BEACON TIME

Monthly Beacon Times are offered to further develop students' social and emotional skills. These assemblies will be offered each month during the school year by our school counselors and Student Resource Coordinator. Watch for more information to come! We look forward to seeing you there!

*Sessions coming soon

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: *TBA

MIDDLE SCHOOL: *TBA

HIGH SCHOOL: Senior Meetings

Meet with your counselor virtually or by phone to discuss your senior year items and the college application process.

Your HS Counselors:

Last Names A-F: Taryn Brown tbrown@ncvacademy.org

Last Names G-N: Nicole Hairston nihairston@ncvacademy.org

Last Names O-Z: Erin Farmer erfarmer@ncvacademy.org

 

STUDENT SERVICES WEBSITE

Please take note of our student services website packed with a tremendous amount of helpful community, academic, social and emotional resources! See it here: https://ncvastudentservices.wixsite.com/ncva

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K12 CUSTOMER SUPPORT & VIDEOS 1-866-512-2273

Do you need help installing a K12 printer or enabling Flash content in Firefox? Or do you need to know how to configure audio for a Class Connect? Check out our new easy-to-follow Technical Support videos that will walk you through these steps and more at:

https://www.help.k12.com/s/topic/0TO0B000000I2moWAC/technical-support-videos#?tabset-26361=2


K12 App: Download HERE



Time Zone Configuration: https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/How-to-Update-the-Time-Zone-in-the-Online-School-and-on-Your-Computer



Clear Cache and Cookies: https://www.help.k12.com/s/article/Internet-Browsers-Clear-Cache-and-Cookies

Having trouble logging in to the OLS? Is OLS navigation slow? Try clearing your browser cache and cookies.

 

NEWROW FOR LIVE CLASSES!

Newrow is the new Class Connect Platform that K12 Stride-Powered is using this school year. We have a few tips and a short video to help you get started:


Use the Google Chrome browser.

Close all additional websites, apps, and browser tabs on your computer.

When you log in to Class Connect, be sure to click "Activate" to allow use of your speaker, camera, and microphone. This will allow you to hear your instructor.

Conduct a Quick Tech Check to ensure your device(s) are working properly.

REFRESH your browser if you have difficulty during class.


All set! Your teacher may use a virtual waiting room before time for the session to begin.


*Please bookmark this link for troubleshooting and support as needed throughout the year.

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GOOGLE CHROME

As of April 2021, the recommended browser when using the K12 Online School platforms, for all grade levels, is Google Chrome.

If you are your online classes using Chrome, we recommend installing the Flash Enabler extension which will enable and save Flash settings for your classes. Please refer to Enabling Flash in Chrome for a step-by-step guide to enabling Flash in Chrome.



Learn more about additional System Requirements as of July 2021.

 

ZOOM APP

Sometimes, staff will schedule sessions in Newrow, then re-direct students or Learning Coaches to a Zoom room for a more interactive experience. Never miss a Zoom session again! Be sure to download the Zoom app to your computer.

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WHAT TO DO  WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE INTERNET OUTAGE

We know there will be times when your internet connection goes out. It happens to all of us from time to time. When it does here is the backup plan for you to follow: 

  • Contact teacher by phone or email to let her know of the situation (school number-919-346-0121, type in teacher extension or ask for teacher by name)

  • Work off-line in their k12 materials (For example: completing at least one lesson in each course, catching up on lessons you know are overdue, reading a book, writing in a journal, getting PE and/or health hours in, portfolio assignment if during that time frame, etc…)

  • Complete a minimum of 6 hours per day of educational activities (K12 work, health/PE, extracurricular activity, reading, enrichment/review activity, educational video/song/activity….)

  • Record on paper the lessons completed and hours worked (when wi-fi is back up, log-in to OLS and mark lessons complete and manually log in hours completed for that day)

**Student will have to make up any live class connect sessions they miss while their internet is down by watching the recordings. LC is to continue to stay in contact with the teacher of their situation status.

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ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students are required to log a minimum of 6 hours of attendance and lessons a day (30 hours a week)

Tip: set aside time each night to log in hours and mark lessons complete

*Work marked complete must match with hours logged 

*See 'Attendance and Truancy' section of the Parent Handbook under the LC Resources tab

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HELP CENTER

Who to contact and when

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K12 TECH SUPPORT

866-512-2273

K12 Tech Support offers assistance when it comes to fixing equipment issues (laptop, audio headsets, printer, etc..), changing LC passwords, correcting errors or issues found in the OLS, and missing materials.

ADVISORS/TEACHERS

919-346-0121
First point of contact for all questions

Each student has an assigned advisor and content teachers who will answer specific grade level or school questions you may have. Please look under the appropriate grade level tab for their contact info.

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When in doubt of who to contact, reach out to your homeroom teacher & they'll help direct you appropriately.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WHAT IS NCVA?

North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA) is a virtual, tuition-free public school chartered by the State Board of Education. NCVA uses the K12 curriculum to offer a competitive, rigorous, and data-driven program for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The partner governing board exists of 6 members who meet monthly to oversee the school's financial, academic, and operational aspects. The board has 3 committees; finance, academic, and policy- that meet regularly to conduct business related to their areas of expertise on a regular basis.

NCVA has experienced vibrant demand from parents to gain entry to the school. During the state-mandated lottery in April 2017, nearly 2500 applications were submitted for only 360 open slots. We also have a current wait list larger than 700 children. 

100% of NCVA's teachers are licensed and highly qualified in NC, with 90% residing in State. 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF VIRTUAL SCHOOLS?

Virtual Schools exist to serve students who would better thrive outside the four walls of a traditional classroom. Specific reasons why families choose a virtual education for their child include: escaping bullying, traveling schedules for youth performers, undergoing medical treatment, or wanting to simply exercise public school choice. For many NC families, we are the only public option available to them in their area of residence.

NCVA offers a Family Academic Support Team (FAST) that works to ensure students are engaged in this virtual model. They work with families to ensure students are following Back on Track plans, and in extreme situations, work to identify local community resources to meet their needs (examples: fires in the home, flood damage, etc...). 

WHAT ARE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION?

For the SY1718, NCVA drew students from 107 of the State's 115 LEAs and has served 97 of the State's 100 counties.  Both  figures are the highest in the short history of our virtual school. 
*Last year enrollment was capped at 2160 across all grade levels (K-12). 
*Our students primarily originate from public schools (69%) along with other venues: homeschool (17%), private school (3%), and not in school (10%). 
*For student demographics, we have slightly more females (53%) than males (47%) at NCVA. Ethnically, the breakdown is as follows: Caucasian (63%), African-American (26%), Hispanic (6%), American-Indian (2%), and Asian (2%).
*14.3% of our students have disabilities and 65% of our students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. We also serve students through 504 plans, in McKinney-Veto Homeless situations, and English Language Learners.

HOW WILL MY CHILD MEET OTHER FAMILIES IN THE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?

To help with socialization for families, quarterly outings are hosted in every region of the state and include a wide array of topics: historic tours, fall pumpkin patches, skating/bowling events, hikes at State parks, or just eating ice cream at local establishments. For students not able to attend, we host virtual outings to include them as well. Outings are a great way to connect with NCVA staff, learning coaches, and students in your area. 

We also offer a variety of opportunities on-line for students and learning coaches to get connected with each other. For example: online K12 clubs, Friday Homeroom Hangouts with your teachers and classmates, and special online events. 

HOW DO I ENROLL A STUDENT WITH NCVA?

You will contact the k12 Enrollment Department at K12.com to begin the process. Once on the site, click on 'Ready to Enroll', type in your zip code, choose NCVA as the school choice, and select 'Start Enrollment' or visit this link:

https://start.k12.com/schoolindividual.html?st=nc&product=NCVA&leadsource=direct&utm_source=k12-schoolfinder&utm_medium=direct&utm_campaign=schoolfinder

GET IN TOUCH

North Carolina Virtual Academy is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests? We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out today.

4220 NC Hwy 55 Suite 130 Durham, NC 27713

919-346-0121

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