Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is online education right for me?

To benefit from greater flexibility and personalization, and to succeed in an online learning environment, students usually demonstrate certain characteristics. While it is not mandatory that students demonstrate all of the characteristics list below, successful student demonstrate a certain amount of determination and a belief in their academic abilities.  



Grade level academic abilities. 

SVA courses are taught at a college-prep level. 

Independent learner and able to complete work with less immediate supervision. Successful online students are comfortable in a learning environment that places emphasis on individuals taking responsibility for their learning process. While the online classroom includes interactions between the student and instructor, they are not immediate as in a traditional classroom.
Comfortable using technology. Successful online students are willing to spend 4 - 6 hours online per day to complete their assignments.  Additionally, successful online students possess basic computer skills or are willing to learn basic computer skills and are comfortable trying different learning apps.
Organized and have good time management skills. Successful online students are able to set and maintain a daily routine and have the discipline to organize their assignments and time. 

Successful online students understand that their instructors are facilitators of their learning process and that the individual student is responsible for their learning. Therefore, they do not give up easily when confronted with material that is initially confusing or difficult to understand. They are willing to read, reread, and search for solutions to their difficulties.

Willing to communicate with teacher and classmates Successful online students are not afraid to ask questions and are willing to engage in online discussions with their peers and teacher.  
Determined Successful online students persevere through “technical difficulties” and academic uncertainty.  

How often do students meet with the teacher?

At the SVUSD Virtual Academy students complete the majority of their coursework online but attend school twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday for Blended Learning Day (BLD). 

The 7th and 8th grade students attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 A.M. –  1:00 P.M. 

The 4th - 6th grade students attend on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 

The K - 3rd graders attend from 9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.


What are Blended Learning Days? (BLD)

Blended learning is a form of education in which a student learns in part online and part in a “traditional” classroom with a teacher.  Blended learning provides students with a large degree of control over their time, place, and pace of academic work while still provided weekly consistent face-to-face support from a teacher. 

At the SVUSD Virtual Academy students complete the majority of their coursework online but attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from what we call "Blended Learning Days" (BLD).  Academically, the BLDs allow teachers to quickly assess student understanding and progress, provide personalized academic support for each student, and engage students in individual and group activities to promote deeper understanding of the content.  Socially, the BLDs provide students with interaction with other age group peers and helps build community and a sense of belonging within the SVUSD Virtual Academy.