Victor Valley Virtual Academy replaces a traditional brick and mortar school and will maintain increased rigor of instruction delivered through a distance learning program for students who need a more flexible learning environment. VVVA will combine the best of online instruction with student collaboration, seminars, small group study and one-on-one interactions to give students the best possible educational experience. Classes are exclusively online. Students are required to meet the districts requirements for graduation, which includes 220 credits.
Acellus, an A-G online course platform, will be used as the primary course of study, along with UC online courses. The level of rigor will be maintained in all courses.
Student assessments will be established by the teacher. Students will complete all district-wide common assessments and state testing requirements.
Every student will be required to develop a Passion Project annually for student collaboration, which includes community service, research, online collaboration and presentation of the final product. This is a group project determined by the teacher, using the Project Based Learning model.
Virtual school offerings will include exciting electives such as Robotics, Game Design and Coding. Students can participate in academic competitions with their peers or at their home school, college visits, job fairs and work study experiences. Students can also attend events (Prom, etc.) organized with their Principal.
Late Work Policy: Be sure to pay close attention to deadlines—there will be no make-up assignments or quizzes, or late work accepted without compelling reason and instructor approval.
Passion Project: At each grade level, students will be asked to participate in a collaborative project which will include a research paper, community service and a multimedia presentation on a pre approved topic of the student's choice.
Netiquette Guidelines: Netiquette is a set of rules for behaving properly online. Your instructor and fellow students wish to foster a safe online learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. You are encouraged to comment, question, or critique an idea but you are not to attack an individual. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course community.
The following netiquette tips will enhance the learning experience for everyone in the course:
- Do not dominate any discussion.
- Give other students the opportunity to join in the discussion.
- Do not use offensive language. Present ideas appropriately.
- Be cautious in using internet language. For example, do not capitalize all letters since this suggests shouting.
- Popular emoticons such as ☺ or / can be helpful to convey your tone, but do not overdo or overuse them.
- Avoid using vernacular and/or slang language. This could possibly lead to misinterpretation.
- Never make fun of someone’s ability to read or write.
- Share tips with other students.
- Keep an “open mind” and be willing to express even your minority opinion. Minority opinions have to be respected.
- Think and edit before you push the “Send” button.
- Do not hesitate to ask for feedback.
- Using humor is acceptable