Online school offers many advantages but also requires a significant time commitment. The difference between traditional school and virtual school is that students have flexibility when during the day they complete work as long as assigned work is completed during that school day.
This flexibility requires an increased time commitment from Learning Coaches to ensure students are completing work and staying on track. A student can easily fall behind if their Learning Coach is not there to motivate and encourage them.
Students at NCCA must complete 30 hours of school each week (~6 hours per day) to meet North Carolina attendance law requirements, just like they would in a traditional brick and mortar school. At NCCA, attendance is measured as a percentage of completion of each course. Students in a year long course are expected to complete at least 2.5% of each course each week. For high school students on a block schedule, students complete 5% of each course each week to finish their course by the end of the semester.
The majority of NCCA students complete their work during the traditional school day. Other students have chosen virtual school for the flexibility of when during the school day work is completed. Here are some examples of how students can use the flexibility of virtual school to support their needs:
It is important for caretakers and students to understand the time commitment required of online school. Each grade band will have different expectations of how much of the weekly attendance hours are spent on the computer, in Live Learning sessions, or working independently.