Virtual Academy Information and Application Process
Calvert County Public Schools is excited to share that we will offer a Virtual Academy option during the 2021–2022 school year for students in grades three through twelve. This Virtual Academy option is available to students who reside with their parent or guardian in Calvert County, Maryland.
The CCPS Virtual Academy will provide learners a rigorous, technology-based learning community that supports the knowledge, skills, and characteristics necessary for college and career readiness within an ever-changing world.
The CCPS Virtual Academy will:
- Provide students with the opportunity to learn in a modern virtual environment
- Offer both synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for students to learn within a flexible learning environment
- Employ innovative, collaborative, state-of-the-art instructional practices and learning technologies that meet the evolving needs of each student
- Build students’ interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that promote success
- Provide interactive and rigorous standards-based courses that are engaging for learners
- Meet the diverse educational needs of a variety of learners
- Build and grow a partnership between families and the school community
- Provide enrichment/enhancement opportunities for all learners
- Provide a range of services and activities that help our students feel connected to our school and each other
- Students enrolled in the virtual academy are considered full-time virtual students and are making a year-long commitment for enrollment.
- Students must be fully enrolled at the Virtual Academy, except for: students attending the Career and Technology Academy, seniors dually enrolled at the College of Southern Maryland, and seniors with a partial schedule.
- Students will not be able to take courses that are not offered at the Virtual Academy at their zoned school building.
- CCPS will continue to offer the Online Learning Program where students enrolled in a traditional school setting at one of the high schools may elect to take one of the following online courses: Financial Literacy, Health, Foundations of Technology, and Music Appreciation.
- Students may be required to go to a CCPS building to take state or district-wide assessments. Transportation may not be provided.
- Throughout the school year, learning materials may need to be picked up from the student’s zoned school.
Course Offerings and Sample Schedules
The CCPS Virtual Academy is committed to supporting the academic needs of all students. Courses required for graduation will be offered. At this time, secondary course offerings and electives will be limited. Similar to a traditional setting, the Virtual Academy will run on a Monday through Friday schedule; elementary and middle school will follow the CCPS calendar.
The CCPS Virtual Academy is open to all students, including students with disabilities who are receiving services through an Individual Education Program (IEP). To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated inside the general education environment. Special classes, separate schooling, or other removals of students with disabilities from the general educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the student's disability is such that education in the general education setting with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
Students in grades three through twelve will be issued a CCPS laptop with the capabilities to sustain online learning. Technology support and troubleshooting resources will be available through Help Desk. Parents will be responsible for ensuring that the student has access to reliable, consistent internet.
After School Activities and Sports
Students in grades 9–12 attending the Virtual Academy may have the opportunity to play sports and participate in select extracurricular activities at their zoned home school after school hours. Students will need to reach out to their neighborhood school for additional information. Transportation will not be provided.
Clubs and Afterschool Activities
Students attending the Virtual Academy will have the opportunity to participate in clubs during the day and limited after-school activities.
Attendance will be taken during every class. Students must attend synchronous class sessions by turning on cameras and participating in class instruction. Students who are tardy or leave synchronous classes early will not be counted present for the entire class.
The Virtual Academy application process is open to all students enrolled in Calvert County Public Schools. Students who live with their parent or guardian in Calvert County, Maryland but are not currently enrolled in a CCPS school must first enroll at their zoned school of attendance, and once officially enrolled may apply to the CCPS Virtual Academy. Only the parent or guardian may apply.
An application will need to be filled out for each child in the family interested in attending the Virtual Academy. Submission of the application does not mean the student will automatically be enrolled in the Virtual Academy. A lottery will be used when the number of students wanting to enroll exceed the number of seats available at each grade.
The online application for the Virtual Academy will open on May 10, 2021, and will close at 11:59 PM on May 28, 2021. CCPS will not accept paper applications. Families without access to a computer should contact their school counselor for help applying. All applicants who apply before the deadline will be included in the lottery if one is needed. By June 30, students will be notified regarding enrollment.
Interested in attending the Virtual Academy for the 2021–2022 school?
Thank you for your interest in the Virtual Academy Program. The application window and waitlist window for the 2021–2022 school year has closed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Have a question? Virtual Academy FAQs
Missed the Virtual Academy family information meeting? Watch the recording.