Myths about Online Schools
MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students at the Arkansas Virtual Academy have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings. In the past these outings and activities have included trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, etc.
MYTH: You’ll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, students are involved in activities offline as well, including the use of textbooks, art supplies, science materials, etc. As students move through the curriculum, more and more of their curriculum and instruction is delivered online. At the high school level students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher and class.
MYTH: Attending the Arkansas Virtual Academy is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend about six hours on school work each day and the Learning Coach or mentor needs to be available during that time for guidance and support of the student.
MYTH: Online schools don’t meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: The Arkansas Virtual Academy is a public school that happens to operate outside of a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend 6 hours a day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Arkansas. The K12 curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Arkansas Academic Standards and Common Core State Standards, and has proved to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum programs in the nation.