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.
Successful scholars in this program are:
- Independent learners.
- 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.
- The student must be in grades 3-10 for the 2021-2022 school year.
- The student must be a current School City of Hammond student.
- The student must have all A's or B's in each course from the fall 2021 semester.
- High school students who fail a course at the end of a semester will have their VAA enrollment revoked and will return to in-person learning.
- The student must have a 95% attendance (fewer than nine days of missed classes) for the current semester.
- The student cannot have any suspensions or expulsions for the current semester.
Students who receive special education services or have a medical need can only be placed in the Virtual Academy through a case conference process.
This program could be right for your student if they:
- Prefer learning outside of the traditional classroom setting.
- Prefer personalized learning and 1:1 contact with teacher.
- Engage in city community activities than school-based activities, sports, and clubs.
- Enjoy the flexibility of learning at your own pace and on your own time.
The Virtual Academic Academy is structured differently than how e-learning was during the COVID-19 shutdown. In the VAA, students are assigned only one teacher for all courses.
High school students are expected to independently work through all courses throughout the day, setting daily goals and managing their time for course completion by the end of the semester.
An SCH facilitator will be assigned to the high school students to monitor progress and offer remediation when needed. Elementary and middle school students will have a combination of live mini-lessons and self-paced, independent work time and are expected to submit the posted work by the end of the school day. Daily student attendance and participation are required.
Yes, the student can be denied entry to the program if the student does not meet the requirements or if the program is at capacity.
Yes, if it is applicable to the course the student is enrolled in for learning the content.
Yes, the student will need to enroll in all grade level courses that are offered online.
Elementary School Schedule
Middle School Schedule
High School Schedule
Yes, students can still participate in extra-curricular activities (sports, clubs, dances) at their designated home school, which will be indicated in PowerSchool.
Yes, the teacher will provide additional support and resources for the student.
Yes, the teacher will communicate with the student and parent about the status of a course completion.
The parent and student will be informed in December 2021.
To remain in the Virtual Academic Academy, the student must:
- Maintain all A's or B's in each course during in their current semester.
- Maintain a 95% attendance rate (fewer than nine days of missed classes).
The Virtual Academic Academy will open for applications at the beginning of each semester. If a student wants to transfer back to in-person learning, they must do so at the end of the semester.
Once students are accepted into the Virtual Academic Academy, they must finish out the semester in the program.