Do you have questions about VCS Ohio or virtual schools in general? Read on to see answers to some of our most common questions. If your questions have not been answered here, please Contact Us!
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, students in grades 7-12 can participate in College Credit Plus. This is an opportunity for students to earn college credits for free through the state of Ohio. Students must apply and be accepted into a participating college based on their admissions requirements. For more information, Click Here.
You have as many opportunities as you need as well as other options to get you the help you need to learn and pass the course.
Older students and all parents are required to log student “offline” minutes daily. “Offline” minutes are not necessarily offline from the Internet but they are “offline” from the “online” curriculum/course. Supplemental programs like iREADY, Mathspace, IXL, Lexia, BrainPop are all programs that are “online” but outside of the online curriculum/course. “Offline” minutes are all the other learning opportunities students complete during a school day such as, but not limited to, reading a novel, writing a paper, researching, working on a project, collaborating with peers, physcial education requirements, science experiments, field trips, college credit plus, service learning, internships, related services, state testing, etc.
Once the complete enrollment application is accepted, an automated email will be sent to the email address on the application with your username and password for our Maestro Student Information System (SIS). In addition, a letter will be sent home a few days later with the account credentials. Families may also call the Student Service Center to get their usernames and passwords. 614.501.2021
Teachers are available during their office hours either by email, text or phone. Teachers love when their students contact them for help. Find your teacher’s contact information on our Staff page.
The Internet Provider (Time Warner, ATT, Wow, etc.) subscribers have to submit their monthly Internet bill to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org. VCS will reimburse up to $50.00 per month, per household. The school reimburses families quarterly, for students in good attendance status.
The Student Service Center facilitates many aspects of the student’s daily tasks. Specifically, the Help Desk is the primary service to students and families from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, Monday – Friday. The IT team can remote into a student’s school computer and fix it quickly. You can reach the Student Services Center at 614-501-2021.
Students in grades K-8 will automatically be enrolled in classes based on their grade level. If you are a student in grades 7 or 8 who must be taking an elective in order to be eligible to play school sports or participate in other extra curricular activities at your school district of residence, please contact your principal, Dr. Ruth Teeters. For students in grades 9-12, you may submit your course requests via phone, e-mail, or a Google form that is made available at the end of each school year and throughout the summer that lists the available courses. Students should register with Mrs. DePompei with last name A-M and Mrs. Simcox with last names N-Z. Please be advised that these are only course requests you are submitting and the scheduling counselors will do their best to adhere to them; however, they must schedule students in necessary courses for graduation.
Ruth Teeters – Ruth.Teeters@vcslearn.org
Kelsey DePompei – Kelsey.DePompei@vcslearn.org
Ulli Simcox – Ulli.Simcox@vcslearn.org
Yes. VCS Ohio provides students with appropriate learning growth targets based on their abilities and needs. Each child will access the curriculum at his or her ability level. In addition, students may focus on functional daily living skills, self-advocacy, social skills, and/or safety and hygiene for increased independence. Students that are non-readers will have access to the Unique Learning System that has a text-to-speech feature. These students will be assigned 1 Intervention Specialist to work with on a daily basis. Instruction will include 1:1 and small group lessons.
Please contact Carmen Griffith, Director of Special Education, for additional information. She can be reached by phone or text at 1-614-800-9200 or via email at email@example.com.
VCS Ohio is a fully-licensed, public charter school district in the State of Ohio and operates under the guidelines of the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children. VCS Ohio teachers are licensed by the state of Ohio and are highly qualified in the subject areas that they teach. Additionally, VCS Ohio provides every student with an Intervention Specialist and a Free Appropriate Public Education as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. The Special Education Department at VCS Ohio will provide each student with the necessary accommodations and services to ensure student success.
VCS Ohio provides students with all necessary related services, two of which (speech and occupational therapy) are available online, as well as in person. VCS Ohio will provide an individualized education for each child as outlined in their IEP or 504 plan. This includes modifying academic content and/or delivery so that your child’s needs are met.
Yes! In fact, our highly qualified, experienced staff, combined with the flexible schedule offered by VCS Ohio, can create an ideal learning environment for students with special needs. Students who find it difficult to attend a traditional brick and mortar school are able to attend school from the comfort and safety of home, on a schedule that works best for them, without distractions.
VCS Ohio provides all necessary services for students with an Individualized Education Program or 504 plan. The VCS Family and Student Handbook 2016-2017 will provide more helpful information on VCS Ohio’s Special Education policies.
Yes, we offer several clubs based on student’s interests and staff passions. Students, by law, can participate in extra-curricular activities at their home districts. Since students are all over the state, extra-curricular activities are challenging to offer and manage.
Yes. You have until you are 22 to receive a free, public education.
Of course! You can graduate early as long as all graduation requirements are successfully met.
Absolutely! Students can work with our guidance department to explore options for recovering credits through acceleration of courses to meet their goals.
VCS Ohio is the perfect choice for students who choose not to attend traditional school for physical, personal or philosophical reasons. VCS Ohio is ideal for students who require a flexible school schedule and need to work at their own pace, whether that is more accelerated or self-paced.
The amount of time a student is required to work depends on the student’s efforts, abilities and pace. On average, students will spend approximately five (5) hours per day on course work. It is important that parents stay informed of their child’s progress, attendance and assignments by logging into their parent accounts daily.
VCS Ohio students have assigned teachers who communicate and work with students and parents to ensure that the individual needs of the child are being met. K-6 students have one teacher instructing all content areas. All courses are taught by a highly qualified, licensed teacher that supports a student’s pace and progress through a personalized learning experience.
Learning online is a student-parent-teacher partnership. Parent involvement increases student success. Students can learn more and perform better when parents stay involved with schedules, course material, assignments and grades. VCS Ohio will offer each student a minimum of 920 academic hours and courses can be accessed 24/7. Students are required to participate in online and offline learning opportunities for 5 hours a day or 25 hours a week. Parents are expected to be accountable to their student(s) by logging into their parent account daily and looking at their student’s grades and attendance.
VCS’s staff is fiercely loyal to the community it serves and prides itself in developing and connecting with students and families. Not only is our goal to get students to graduate but we also aim to provide them the tools to be successful in life. Being a small school allows us to personalize our services and systems to offer the best to our students and families.