How It Works
Curious about how online learning works?
With online learning, your child can learn at home or wherever there’s an internet connection while enjoying the benefits and support of Kentucky Virtual Academy’s (KYVA) school program. They’ll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities using K12-provided books and materials.* Certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called “Class Connects.”
KYVA uses quality curriculum from K12 designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, enabling them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build real-world skills based on your child’s interests and abilities. Plus, students in grades K–11** can prepare for life after graduation with college and career prep.
What’s my role as a parent?
As Learning Coach, you’ll be able to take an active and vital role in your child’s education. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child’s legal guardian cannot fill this role, you may choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to serve as Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost to attend KYVA?
Because KYVA is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. We provide certified teachers and instructional materials.* Students and families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technology and computer questions and needs.
How much time will my child spend online?
Since KYVA is a public school, students are required to follow state guidelines and receive 6 hours of daily instruction. In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30 to 40% of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50 to 60% online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online. We expect that students will spend about 50 to 70% of their school day online in grades 6–8 and 80+% in grades 9–11.
KYVA staff works with students individually to create a schedule, including live class session requirements, tailored to their needs to help set them up for success. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers don’t replace a solid education; they help facilitate one. That’s why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.*
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course. Please check with school staff to see what offline course materials are provided.
**Kentucky Virtual Academy currently enrolls students in grades K–11 for the 2023–2024 school year. Grade 12 will be added the following school year.