Department of Defense Education Activity

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please navigate through the FAQs below to find the answers to commonly asked questions regarding the DoDEA Virtual High School program.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 takes 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.

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.

DVHS students are encouraged to establish a strong rapport with online teachers 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 teacher’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.

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.

DVHS courses are for all levels of students.

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.

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, DoDEA Student Google Applications, and web conferencing to collaborate, share ideas, and learn from each other.

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.

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 the appropriate NDSP Education Office for your geographical location to acquire course materials.

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.

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.

Students interested in enrolling in DVHS courses should consult with their DoDEA high school counselor or NDSP 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 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.