Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA)

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How does AVA work?

The Atlanta Virtual Academy (AVA) offers students in grades 7th-12th the opportunity to take courses online while enrolled in their current home school.

AVA uses Edgenuity to offer courses that meet APS and the State of Georgia Curricula Standards. In addition, students can engage with their teacher via the internet in lessons and help sessions, which is refer to as Synchronous learning. Additionally, Synchronous learning connects students district-wide allowing them to learn from others taking the same course.

Students are eligible to take any course offered. However, all courses must be approved by a local school counselor or designee prior to enrollment. Students can take courses for the first time/initial credit and for credit recovery. AVA programs are designed to allow students and their families flexible learning options to meet their educational needs. By providing more opportunities to achieve educational success, the Atlanta Virtual Academy is looking to change the outcome for many and provide a means to better, brighter futures for APS students. Learning that takes place "Any Time...Any Place...Any Device”.


Course Catalog

Click here to download the Atlanta Virtual Academy Course Catalog for 2015-16


Initial Credit Dates and Deadlines

Initial Credit means students are taking the course for the first time. Students taking an AVA course as an initial credit may take that course during the Fall, Spring or Summer Semester.

During Fall and Spring Semesters, AVA courses run concurrently with each semester.

During the Summer Semester, AVA courses are 6 weeks long. The summer courses have the same amount of content as the Fall and Spring semester courses.    


Credit Recovery Courses

Credit recovery is an alternative way for students to repeat a failed course that is needed for high school graduation. The program allows students to gain mastery in standards in which they are deficient. Students are provided with a pre-assessment and then provided instruction based on standards that have not been mastered. Once students complete the instructional lesson, they take a post-test in which they must achieve 80% mastery to move forward to the next lesson. Upon successful completion of all assigned modules, students are awarded credit for the course.
To ensure the success of students, schools must designate a Credit Recovery facilitator. Although students can work anytime, any place, and in any space, schools must also provide a place for students to work and receive academic assistance.
Please contact your local school counselor for more detailed information regarding Credit Recovery enrollment.


NCAA
 
Courses Approved for NCAA Eligibility
Atlanta Virtual Academy courses have been approved by the NCAA which allows high school student-athletes wishing to compete in college. Please visit the NCAA website and enter Atlanta Virtual Academy as the school name to review the list of approved courses. NCAA does not accept Credit Recovery courses.  Want to verify the NCAA-approved AVA courses?

1. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center: http://goo.gl/Tjmzo3
2. Use AVA's High School Code 850497 in your search.


Students with 504s and IEPs

Many students with 504s and IEPs can be properly serviced through Virtual Courses. Prior to your child's enrollment into AVA, please conference with your child's local school counselor and case manager to make sure your child's 504 or IEP can be serviced and educational needs will be met. There are some instances in which accommodations listed in the IEP or 504 are not conductive to the online environment and may not be provided. In this case, the local school will be responsible for providing such accommdation in order to help the student to be successful in the online course.  


FAQs

1. What Browser should students use?
a. Chrome is the preferred Browser.
b. However, for some Science and Math courses in EdgenuityTM using the online simulation tool Gizmo for Virtual labs, Internet Explorer is to be used.

2. Students are having problems opening the eClassroom.
a. Make sure students are using Chrome.
b. Make sure Java has been updated.
c. Make sure client launcher is downloaded AND installed.
d. Make sure pop-up blocker is disabled.

3. What software/Browser Plug-ins are required for AVA courses?
Java https://java.com/en/download/
Flash https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Shockwave https://get.adobe.com/shockwave/
Acrobat Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
Apple Quick Time http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
Windows Media Player http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/download-windows-media-player
Real Networks RealPlayer http://www.real.com/


4. Are students able to work on the Course from their cell phone, tablet or Ipad?

Students need the correct software/Browser Plug-ins to work on the course from a cell phone, tablet or Ipad. Refer to #3 above.


5. Science and Math students’ labs are not working properly. Any suggestions?

If the lab uses a Gizmo program, then Internet Explorer must be used. In addition, make sure the student has downloaded Shockwave; Flash and Java must be up-to-date.



6. What if the student has not completed 7% of the work during a week or had a late start date?
 
Being an AVA student allows the student to access their AVA course 24 hours per day. Students should utilize as much time that is needed in order to catch up/move ahead within the course.

7. What happens if students do not keep up with the pace on the pace chart?
 
The pace chart is a terrific tool which will allow students to complete their course in a timely manner and meet the course completion deadline without stress. By working each day during their lab time and completing the required weekly assignments students should be able to maintain their pace. If students are unable to maintain the pace as indicated on the pacing chart, they should first contact their virtual teacher and discuss any concerns. If students are struggling with any issue, their AVA teacher will be happy to work with them towards their success.

8. What should a student do if they cannot make contact with the AVA teacher?
 
The AVA teachers are available by Live Virtual Learning Center, phone and email. AVA During the Day instructors are available in the eClassroom 8:30 to 4:00 Monday-Friday. AVA Beyond the Day teachers have required Office Hours posted in Genius. When attempting to contact AVA instructors, please remind students to always leave their first and last name, the name of the course you they taking, a best phone number and best time to reach them. Students should continue working in their course until the AVA instructor can contact them back. Instructors will return emails and voicemail within 24 hours (excluding holidays).

9. What should a student do if they are dropped from a class?
 
If a student is dropped from a course without desiring to be dropped, they should contact their guidance counselor.

10. Can a student drop the AVA course?
During the Day students CAN NOT drop their AVA course. 
Beyond the Day students may request to drop their course by the date listed on the application
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