How Minnesota Virtual Online Middle & High School Works

Students log into the classroom website which holds all the content and assessments for each class in which they are enrolled. They can work at their own pace revolving around their own schedule, though more time may be needed for their difficult subjects in order to meet attendance requirements. All assessments are submitted within the classroom website. Students always start at the beginning of the course and must finish their courses by the end of the term regardless of when they start.

Eligibility

Lives in Minnesota – In grades 7-12 – Under 21 years old

Why enroll full-time?

Flexible Schedule – Health Reasons – A quicker or slower pace – Regular one-on-one help with teacher – Eliminate peer distractions during educational time

Attendance

Students must login and complete work each school day to be in attendance. They have from 12am to 11:59pm to do so. We highly recommend 6 hours for each school day and following the teacher-created course schedules.”

Special Education

We provide an array of special education services in an online setting including IEP evaluations & case management. Our special education teachers implement direct instruction in Language Arts, Math, Social Skills, & Life Skills. A full-time paraprofessional assists students in tasks determined during IEP meetings. Contracted service providers are utilized as needed.

Successful Students

A successful student typically doesn’t require close monitoring to stay on task, works about 6 hours for each school day, follows teacher created schedules on a weekly basis, asks teachers when they have questions, communicates with their academic coach, and is accountable to their parent/guardian. They take personal responsibility for their education.

Teachers

Teachers are available for help during regular school hours or by appointment; each teacher has set aside specific chat hours for immediate help. Teachers utilize chat, phone, email, and a shared-screen program as needed to communicate with students. They want to meet students where they’re at and help them complete their courses successfully.

Academic Coaches

Academic Coaches are the main point of contact for families and oversee attendance compliance.

Public School

As a public school there is no cost to students or parents. We do not provide courses for tuition pay.

Time

Student can work 24/7 beginning the morning of their start date until the end of term. There is not a required time they must be online any particular day. MNVHS recommends about 6 hours for each school day.

Classes

Students take 6 classes each semester, each class is worth a semester’s credit (exceptions: Orientation Course). Core area classes are assigned by the School Counselors. Students always start at the beginning of the class. Note: if a student enrolls after the start of the semester, they may be assigned fewer courses.

Content

All content material is online & meets state education requirements. Assessments are taken or uploaded & submitted online. There is a lot of reading, some integrated videos, and no recorded lectures. We primarily use Plato curriculum from Edmentum. However, teachers may utilize other curriculum in whole or in part for their courses.

Pace

Following teacher-created schedules is recommended; though students can work at their own pace. Students may work more quickly in certain classes, more slowly in others, & do not need to keep pace with any other students or teachers. The attendance requirement must be met & classes completed by the end of the term.

State Required Testing

State required testing is proctored by MNVHS staff. Dates, times, and locations are provided about a month in advance.

Diploma

Students who have completed all credit and testing requirements will graduate and be issued a diploma from Minnesota Transitions Charter Schools.

Vacation

MNVHS must be notified of vacations 2 weeks in advance. Vacations are 1 week long. Students should work ahead to cover the material in their absence or be able to complete work while on vacation. Per state law & MDE, public school students cannot be on extended trips out of Minnesota & remain enrolled. (See “Residency” http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/EnrollChoice/Online/)