Enrollment and Attendance FAQs
Who can enroll in Arizona Virtual Academy?
Arizona Virtual Academy serves students in grades K–12 who officially reside in the state of Arizona.
I want to enroll my child in Arizona Virtual Academy and another public school. Does the program allow for this kind of dual enrollment?
The Arizona Virtual Academy program is a full-time, comprehensive academic program, and as such does not lend itself to dual enrollment.
Does Arizona Virtual Academy accept students who have been expelled from another Arizona public school?
Pursuant to statute, Arizona Virtual Academy is a public school and does not have to accept students who have been expelled from another Arizona public school. Students who have been expelled from an Arizona public school and submit an enrollment application will be considered on an individual basis. Parents are responsible for informing our enrollment team if their students have been expelled from school upon initial submission of the enrollment application.
Is the program available to children without a permanent address?
The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. The act has been amended and is considered the McKinney-Vento Act currently. Under the Act, schools are prohibited from delaying a homeless child's entry into school due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship must be waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Individuals who would be considered McKinney-Vento students would be in housing temporarily and due to hardship, the housing is substandard or considered inadequate or a student is not living with a parent or guardian.
Arizona Virtual Academy can offer school supplies and Title I services to qualifying homeless youth. Determinations of qualifying students are made on a case-by-case basis.
Parents/Students may review the Arizona Virtual Academy Admission of Homeless Children and Youth policy by calling the school office at 602.476.1320. If you feel you may be eligible for services please call the school office at 602.476.1320.
How many of my children can I enroll in Arizona Virtual Academy?
Because we provide all of the lesson plans and materials needed for K-12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program. We currently have families with as many as five children in the program being guided by one learning coach in conjunction with the support of Arizona Virtual Academy of Arizona teachers.
What does it cost to attend the Arizona Virtual Academy of Arizona?
Because we are a public charter school program, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
Are there any attendance requirements?
Yes. According to state law, we are required to offer 180 days of instruction during the school year. Additionally, a minimum number of instruction hours per grade level are required. Contact our office for specific grade-by-grade attendance requirements. Students may log instructional time anytime during the day and on any day of the week or weekend. It is important for students to log attendance daily.
Can I take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. However, families may work with Arizona Virtual Academy teachers and administration to swap vacation days based on family preferences with no penalty or unexcused absences.
Parents can apply for an "educational leave of absence" during the school year. Requests must be submitted to the Head of School 10 days before the absence. Leave will be approved based upon consistent student progress and attendance. No educational leave will be granted during any of the testing windows for state-mandated testing.
What about four-year-old kindergarten?
Arizona Virtual Academy doesn't offer a four-year-old kindergarten program. Children must be age five on or before September 1 in order to participate.
Does Arizona Virtual Academy offer full- or half-time kindergarten?
Kindergarten is half-time. Students will study language arts, math, and history.