What grades are offered by Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA)?
AZVA offers grades K–12.
What subjects will my child study?
English language arts, math, science, and history are the core online classes for our enrolled students. There will also be other courses in the appropriate grade levels, such as music, art, physical education, world languages and for our high school students a variety of elective classes as well. Students seeking additional support can also access a variety of credit recovery courses through Insight. Visit our k-8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. Our students in Middle School and High School receive fewer books and materials, as a majority of their materials and lessons are delivered online.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
Elementary, middle school, and high school programs provide flexible learning environments. Each program includes weekly assignments, scheduled lessons and activities, and assignments with set due dates. Virtual required and optional instructional sessions are scheduled throughout the week to support student learning. Students have the flexibility of creating a schedule that enables them to complete academic work and receive teacher support throughout the day. All programs meet applicable statutes and mandates concerning academic progress and attendance as outlined by the State Board of Education. All students are expected to adhere to the Arizona Department of Education's requirement for attendance at online public charter schools.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend, in the early grades no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer and believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and design textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials. At the Middle School and High-School level, students will spend nearly their entire school day using the robust online platform and materials.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of our K–8 program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his abilities. High school students have the opportunity to take more advanced courses, including concurrent enrollment for college credit and honors classes. Fro more details on our advanced learners program visit our Gifted and talented section to learn more about our RISE program.
How will the AZVA Title I schoolwide program help my student academically?
AZVA receives Title I Funding. Title I is the largest Federal Assistance Program for our nation's schools and provides federal funds through AZ Department of Education to all Title I schools in our state. The additional funding allows are schools to hire additional teachers to support reduced class sizes, purchase supplemental materials and educational programs, conduct parent activities and workshops, and provide for professional development for staff. Within our school wide program, our certified teachers are able to provide instructional levels based on students' data, re-teach sessions based on students' performance, multi-tiered levels of support systems based on assessments, English Learner support, and more!
What is AZVA policy on bullying?
Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona are committed to a safe educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and community members that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. AZVA policy on bullying [PDF]
Since students do not go to a physical school building every day, how do they interact socially?
Throughout the year, families are invited to participate in varied school outings that occur virtually and at physical locations. Our families are invited to participate in community events, field trips, school wide assemblies and other varied opportunities for interaction. Additionally, we provide families the opportunity to get together in their local communities through the use of our private Facebook groups area. We continue to expand opportunities for our students to engage and collaborate in online discussions, Esports teams, community service and more.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, Arizona Virtual Academy is a public school in Arizona. Our High School students are required to meet the same graduation expectations as all enrolled students in the state of Arizona. Graduation requirements include earning credits in specific subject areas with a graduate earning at least 22 credits in specific subject areas during their years in high school. Our school academic counselors work with students to review credits earned and credits needed annually so families are kept informed of the credit requirements toward earning a high school diploma.
How do I enroll my student?
Complete the AZVA Online Enrollment Form. You will need to provide copies of the following documents with your student's enrollment:
- Birth certificate
- Records of immunization
- Proof of residence (tax record or utility bill)
- Prior year school report card or withdrawal form
- High school transcript (if applicable)
- Proof of guardianship (if applicable)
- PHLOTE (Primary Home Language Other Than English) Survey
The Enrollment Checklist at the beginning of the Online Enrollment Form will help you be sure you have fulfilled all of the AZVA enrollment requirements.
How will I know when my student's enrollment has been approved?
The AZVA Enrollment Processing Center will contact you, indicating that your enrollment has been approved or noting documents that are still needed to completely process your application. A representative will call you to discuss enrollment in the program and course placement.
Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?
This decision is made on a district-by-district basis.
How can I view the AZVA annual financial report?
Visit the Arizona Department of Education's website, and select "PPEP and Affiliates, Inc. dba Arizona Virtual Academy" from the drop-down list.
How long does the school keep student records?
Arizona Virtual Academy follows the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records retention schedule. Special Education records (including placement records, referrals, evaluations, testing data and other related records) are destroyed 4 years after the fiscal year of final enrollment in the program. To obtain copies of student records for students who have attended our school, please call the office at 602.476.1320, requests for records can be faxed to 602.595.6874.