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Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Program

Information and Application Process

Calvert County Public Schools is excited to offer a Virtual Academy Program during the 2022–2023 school year for students in grades three through eight. This Virtual Academy option is available to students who reside with their parent or guardian in Calvert County, Maryland.

Mission

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.

Outcomes

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.

General Information

  • 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.
  • Students will not be able to take courses that are not offered at the Virtual Academy at their zoned school building.
  • Students will 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 will 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.  At this time, middle school course offerings and electives will be limited. Similar to a traditional setting, the Virtual Academy will run on a Monday through Friday schedule that follows the CCPS calendar.

Special Education

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.

Technology Support

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.

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

Attendance will be taken during every class. Students must attend synchronous class sessions. Students are required to have cameras and participate during class instruction. Students who are tardy or leave synchronous classes early will not be counted present for the entire class.

Application Process

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.