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 students who can master academic standards through a synchronous, five-day-a-week virtual learning option.

To apply, complete the enrollment application here: VAA Spring 2023 Application is now CLOSED.

Enrollment closes November 11. No applications will be accepted after this date. 

Starting the 2022-2023 school year, VAA students in grades 5 -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 daily 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 5 -12 follow a different yearly schedule and daily schedule than in-person students.  The IOA Academic Calendar can be found here:  IOA Academic Calendar. New VAA students in grades 5 -12 start January 17 and attend classes daily from 7AM – 1:45PM.

Successful students 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 experience, tailored to fit their needs.
  • Grades 5 -12 for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Current School City of Hammond student
  • 3.0 GPA from the fall semester for secondary students
  • As and Bs from the fall semester for elementary students
  • High school students must be current with credits
  • 95% attendance (fewer than 5 days of missed classes for the semester)
  • No suspensions or expulsions
  • Students who receive special education services or have a medical need can only be placed in the Virtual Academy through a case conference process.