Virtual Academic Academy

SCH believes EVERY student is entitled to and should be provided with challenging educational experiences and opportunities to ensure full and meaningful participation in a global, diverse technology-oriented society. This belief allows the Virtual Academic Academy (VAA) to serve a diverse academic student population. The purpose of the VAA is to provide a quality, personalized learning curriculum for independent scholars who can master academic standards through a virtual learning option. VAA is a synchronous, five-day-a-week program. Enrollment closes June 3, 2022. No applications will be accepted or considered after this date. 


Starting the 2022-2023 school year, VAA students in grades 7-12 will receive their education through a partnership with Indiana Online Academy (IOA). Courses are delivered synchronously (same time with the teacher) and asynchronously (own time away from the teacher). For core courses (English, Math, Science and Social Studies), students will receive synchronous instruction from their teacher following a master schedule provided by IOA. Attendance will be required at these sessions. All electives and higher-level core courses (AP, Dual Credit) will be delivered asynchronously, but with an Indiana Online teacher leading the course. While these courses are not synchronous, active participation is required. Please refer to the Indiana Online Academy FAQ  or Indiana Online Academy’s website for more information about the program. Please note that VAA students in grades 7-12 follow a different yearly schedule and daily schedule than in-person students. VAA students in grades 7-12 start August 1 and attend daily from 7AM – 1:45PM.


VAA students in grades 3-6 will continue to receive direct instruction from a SCH teacher five days a week.  The student will follow the SCH School Year Calendar and is expected to log in daily with his/her teacher for synchronous learning.


Successful scholars in this program are:

  • Independent learners.
  • Organized.
  • Self-disciplined.
  • Communicative.
  • Prepared.
  • Encouraged and motivated from family and/or parents.

Students in this program have:

  • Control over learning space.
  • The ability to work at their own pace, suitable to their learning style.
  • More one-on-one attention from teachers and staff.
  • A personalized learning experienced, tailored to fit their needs.
  • Grades 3-12 for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Current School City of Hammond student
  • 3.0 GPA from the spring semester for secondary students
  • As and Bs from the spring semester for elementary students
  • 95% attendance (fewer than nine days of missed classes)
  • No suspensions or expulsions for the 2021-2022 school year


  • Students who receive special education services or have a medical need can only be placed in the Virtual Academy through a case conference process.