General FAQs

What grades are offered by Kansas Virtual Academy?

Kansas Virtual Academy offers full-time enrollment for grades K-6. To be eligible for the program, kindergartners must be five years old before August 31 of the enrolling year.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts, math, science, history, art, and music are the core courses. World languages are also offered to students as an extracurricular activity. Visit our K-8 online courses and high school online courses section.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law.

What happens if my student completes a course mid-year?

When a student completes a course, the Kansas Virtual Academy will send him or her on to the next level until March 31 of any school year. After April 1, courses cannot be ordered again until the next fall. Teachers work closely with students to help pace the curriculum to meet the student's goals for advancement.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials.

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Depending on your child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

The beauty of our program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his or her abilities. Visit our gifted and talented student section.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos, etc.), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We also are exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. The online Family Directory provides a way for families to network with other families in their region of the state. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw at any time.

How do I enroll my student?

Visit our How to Enroll in KSVA page for information on enrolling your student in Kansas Virtual Academy.

What are the Immunization Requirements for 2016-2017 School Year?

Each year, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issues its updated immunization requirements for any child attending school. Immunizations are used to protect children from highly infectious diseases. The requirements for the 2016-17 school year are made based on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations.

Immunization Requirements (pdf, 84.42KB)

In certain cases, exemptions to vaccination are allowed. These include:

  • Chickenpox: If your child has had the disease, please provide written documentation of the date from your physician.
  • Religious Exemptions: Please provide a written statement with signature and date if you are a member of a religious denomination whose teachings are opposed to such immunizations.
  • Medical Exemptions: Please provide a yearly written statement from your physician indicating the immunizations your child cannot receive.
  • Exemption Form (pdf, 65.12KB)

The complete ACIP recommendations can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/ACIP-list.htm . If you would like more information about immunization requirements, you also are welcome to contact the school office at 913.592.4600.