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Frequently Asked Questions | Virtual School Program

apple iconPlease navigate through the FAQ below to find the answers to commonly asked questions regarding the DoDEA Virtual High School program.

Who is eligible to attend the DoDEA Virtual High School (DVHS)?

Eligibility requirements are the same as for any DoDEA school. Priority for enrollment is based upon categories of eligibility. Please see the section titled Eligibility for more information.

Can home schooling students living in the U.S. attend the DVHS?

Only those students residing on installations where DoDEA operates a high school (Fort Campbell, Fort Knox, Camp Lejeune, Puerto Rico and Quantico) may request enrollment in DVHS to supplement their program.

I’m assigned overseas. There is a DoDEA school nearby but I home school my child. Can my child attend the DVHS?

Enrollment in DVHS may be available if the local school cannot accommodate the particular course requests. However, DVHS supplements local high school coursework. Please be aware that DVHS is not intended to replace or even compete with the face-to-face learning experience of a traditional brick and mortar high school.

I’m assigned to a remote location overseas where there is no DoD school. Can my child attend the DVHS?

Your child may be eligible through the Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP). Please visit the NDSP website for more information.

I am assigned to an installation in the U.S. where there are no DoD schools; therefore, my child attends the local public school. Can my child attend DVHS?

No, your child is not eligible to attend DVHS. Authority for the education of students within the continental U.S. resides with the local educational agencies.

What is the relationship between DVHS and other DoDEA high schools?

The intent of the virtual high school is to supplement local high school coursework. Virtual school is not intended to replace or even compete with the face-to-face learning experience of a traditional brick and mortar high school. The virtual high school will complement traditional high school attendance. Also, the virtual high school will allow students opportunities to take many classes they might otherwise have missed.

Can a student take a class through the DVHS to avoid a local teacher that he/she doesn’t like?

No. If a class is offered, a student must take the class locally unless there is a schedule conflict or other extenuating circumstance. Approval for enrollment is required by the virtual high school principal.

Will DVHS courses be as rigorous as courses in local DoDEA high schools?

DVHS courses are customized, standards-based courses specifically designed to meet all DoDEA diploma options. DVHS courses are consistent with these curriculum standards, delivery of instruction, and performance expectations for DoDEA high school courses.

Are DVHS courses equivalent to face-to-face courses (e.g. credit, standards, scope and sequence)?

The intent of DVHS is to expand access to education and provide curricular options similar to programs delivered within local DoDEA schools. DVHS courses will address the same standards, performance expectations, and provide advantages of creating a systemic approach to curriculum and instruction that also has the benefit of brick and mortar instruction.

Are all courses taught from the same location?

DVHS operates from three hubs to accommodate worldwide delivery to the students it will serve. The hubs are located in Wiesbaden, Germany; Okinawa, Japan; and Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia. These locations, within different time zones, allow for synchronous interaction to support online learning.

Can students work on coursework whenever they choose?

Although DVHS affords the opportunity for flexible scheduling, to ensure success, students should have a designated time period in which to complete coursework. Students may also be able to complete assignments wherever and whenever they have Internet access, but ongoing and routine participation is crucial. While some learning take place at any time the student chooses (reading, research, etc.) some of the requirements include participating in live, online discussions via web conferencing in addition to video and/or audio chats.

What are the characteristics for student's success in an online course?

To be successful in DVHS, students must be more proactive than they would be in brick and mortar classrooms. The virtual environment encourages students to be self-starters but also provides assistance from teachers, local facilitators, and technical support technicians.

DVHS students are required to complete a student orientation that is intended to introduce prospective students to online learning opportunities offered through DVHS. The goal of the orientation is to increase student readiness and self-confidence while enrolled in a virtual learning program.

How can DVHS students get help if they have questions or challenges?

DVHS students are encouraged to establish a strong rapport with online instructors to help address course questions or challenges. Each DVHS student has a variety of ways in which to contact his/her course instructor when questions arise about course content or if one-on-one assistance is needed. Listed within each course is the course instructor’s email address and office phone number. Instant messaging (IM) and web-conferencing tools are also used to support student-student and student-teacher real time interaction.

A local facilitator is also assigned for each student to provide routine monitoring and to help address on-site issues or with contacting technical support technicians regarding access issues. The local facilitator’s role is critical for helping students to develop time-management skills, ensure successful completion, and address academic integrity issues.

Students participating through the NDSP program will work with a facilitator assigned to them at time of admission.

Can special needs students enroll in the DVHS?

The DVHS is open to all students who meet DoDEA eligibility requirements. Special education staff works collaboratively with online instructors and share the responsibility for assisting students with identified disabilities to be successful in the online environment. All students can learn when instruction is geared to their strengths and are given sufficient opportunity to learn.

Are DVHS courses only for gifted and talented students?

DVHS courses are for all levels of students, from those who are in gifted and talented programs to those who have identified special needs.

Will DVHS students have access to a school counselor?

Yes. Local school counselors serve as the primary contact for students concurrently enrolled in DoDEA schools. The DVHS counselor will work in conjunction with local school counselors and is available for students and parents who may have specific questions about the program. Students participating through the NDSP program will work with a counselor assigned to them at time of admission.

How will DVHS students interact with peers? Isn’t that a part of the high school experience?

Interaction with peers is definitely a part of the online high school experience. Depending on the course requirements, students can expect to interact in discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and web conferencing to collaborate, share ideas, and learn from each other.

Will DoDEA provide computers outside of the school setting?

Students participating in DVHS coursework at DoDEA schools will have access to school computers and equipment. Students are responsible for developing a plan to access computers (whether at home or at a public place like a library) to complete coursework outside of the school day. Students participating through the NDSP will coordinate access needs with a counselor assigned to them at time of admission.

How will students acquire textbooks and other course materials?

To ensure a successful online learning experience, students enrolled in DVHS coursework through DoDEA schools are required to use DoDEA provided e-mail accounts for communicating with the instructors. Course materials such as textbooks and lab materials should be obtained prior to the first day of instruction from their local schools. NDSP students should consult with their Area NDSP Offices to acquire course materials.

What are the advantages of attending the DVHS?

Some of the advantages of DVHS include: increasing education options for eligible military-connected students; assisting transitioning students by allowing them to take the classes they need, regardless of their location; enhancing curriculum by providing additional resources to fill gaps, addressing needs for advanced academic coursework such as AP courses; and providing flexibility in scheduling.

What happens if a student is enrolled in a DVHS class and transfers to a public or private school in the U.S.?

Early withdrawals for reasons other than Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or emergency leave are discouraged and may adversely affect a student’s grades. DoDEA policy dictates that PCS students cannot receive full semester/course credit prior to a minimum of 20 school days before the last day of school. If a student will be withdrawn or transferred before the end of the school year, parents should:

  • Notify the school/NDSP office as soon as the PCS date is known but no later than ten school days prior to the last day of attendance. Local school/NDSP staff will notify the virtual high school.
  • Ensure that the student has notified the online teacher and coordinated completion of required assignments prior to departure.

How do you make a course request for the DVHS?

Students interested in enrolling in DVHS courses should consult with their DoDEA high school counselor or NDSP Area Office to designate course requests. These requests will be forwarded to DVHS staff to place students in coursework according to openings at the time of the course request.

Priority for courses is based on DoDEA’s eligibility categories.

Confirmation of enrollment will be sent to the school facilitator DoDEA/NDSP Area Office who will then notify students when they have been enrolled in DVHS.

A students will not be considered to be enrolled in a requested courses until the student’s home school or NDSP facilitator receives a confirmation roster from the DVHS staff.