So How it's Work

Virtual Private Academy combines the benefits of a traditional school with the flexibility and personalization of online learning. Our K-8 classes are parent-led with our curriculum, support, and an academic advisor. For K-8 we offer weekly support via messaging, and email with regular office hours.

Learning is a collaborative process. A student’s academic success depends on having a strong support system in place, as well as the quality of the curriculum. Our experienced teachers, school counselors, and subject matter experts work together with each family to make up the learning team.

Virtual Private Academy teachers are passionate about teaching and collaborative learning. Teachers and staff learn about each student’s individual learning style, goals, and needs to enhance curriculum and instruction. Learning is much more than the delivery of instruction and assessments, which is why Virtual Private Academy teachers provide authentic feedback and regularly consult with each student, providing one-on-one support in the ways that the students learns best.

The Student Services Department provides personalized assistance to each family and guides them through the onboarding process. Student Services welcomes families, answers questions during orientation, and provides training and support for the Virtual Private Academy learning management system. To ensure student success, families are encouraged to communicate with Student Services via a variety of methods, including phone, email, and virtual office hours. Throughout the year, Student Services proactively identifies and tracks students who may find time management to be challenging and who are not making adequate academic progress. The team provides support and guidance with optimal scheduling, facilitates the process of leaves of absence, and authorizes course extensions. Learning is much more than the delivery of instruction and assessments, which is why Virtual Private Academy teachers provide authentic feedback and regularly consult with each student, providing one-on-one support in the ways that the students learns best.

The Virtual Private Academy counselor is a vital member of the learning team. They address the academic, personal, and social development needs of our students throughout their education. Our counselors help students achieve academic success by reviewing each student’s academic plan to ensure they align with their learning goals, providing resources to improve their learning experience, and helping with career exploration and development.

The role of parent changes over time, when children are younger students require more involvement and teaching. Parents serve as academic coaches, they provide the organization and structure necessary to create a healthy learning environment.

Parents can act as learning companions, facilitators and advocates for their children. They should work closely with teachers to ensure a successful learning experience. Parents can contribute by being present and available as much as possible. They should show an interest, ask questions, and communicate with teachers. Being your child’s coach may include working with your child, providing additional material, taking local field trips, proofreading assignments, and helping them learn and plan.

Parents play an active role in planning and delivering the curriculum in partnerships with VPA. Parents work with mentors to develop the student’s education plan. Parents are encouraged to work with their child to create a plan for completing course work that fits their learning style, and family schedule. K-8 programs are for parents want to take the initiative of educating their children using our online curriculum, while also being under the umbrella and guidance of an accredited institution.
Virtual Private Academy will provide academic support, grading, report cards for grades K-8.
During the middle school years parents are able to play a supervisory role. They should ensure that children are managing their schedule and staying on track with their assignments.
Parents will work with teachers to help create a schedule that can accommodate classes, clubs, coursework and extra-curricular activities.​

In High school, parents become a mix of supervisor, coach, cheerleader and mentor. Students will have more responsibility in the selection and completion of their courses. Parents will help students select courses and paths that will meet their goals for college and careers.

Students are responsible for demonstrating that they understand the material. Students work with their parents and teachers to progress through the curriculum at their own pace, using our competency-based model of education. When they have questions, teachers are available to help clarify concepts and expand a child’s understanding of the lesson. Virtual Private Academy recommends that students in kindergarten through grade 3 spend at least one to two hours on schoolwork; and students in grades 4-5 spend two to four hours on schoolwork each day.

Virtual Private Academyencourages students to be active members of their learning, along with their parents and teachers. Students’ educational responsibility increases gradually as they progress through each grade level at Virtual Private Academy.

During middle school, student takes on more responsibility for their academic success. In these grades, Virtual Private Academyare required to be more self-sufficient and can enjoy an enhanced educational experience by incorporating their own interests. Students also enjoy the social opportunities provided by our private social network andclubs offered by Virtual Private Academy. Our students in grades 6-8 can expect to spend between three to five hours each day on schoolwork, depending on their involvement in clubs and/or elective courses.

The HighSchool years require a high level of academic responsibility for students. By developing a well-defined set of academic priorities, our upper school students become accountable for taking notes, refining study skills, and meeting deadlines for assignments. Virtual Private Academy recommends that high school students spend four to five hours on schoolwork each day. The amount of time students spend on coursework can vary depending on the level of courses they are taking (AP, Honors, gifted and talented, etc.), their chosen electives, and the number of clubs in which they participate. The process of building personal accountability and academic responsibility creates independent students who are well prepared to enter their college of choice. At the high school level, Virtual Private Academy School requires students to have a non-family member serve as a proctor for final exams.

Virtual Private Academy delivers instruction through a series of self-paced courses. This means students may access their lessons at any time. This eliminates scheduling conflicts and gives our students the flexibility to pursue other interests. Our interactive grade book provides 24/7 access to each student’s progress and archives past quizzes and tests that can be reviewed online at any time.