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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1) What are Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5)/ and Guilford eLearning University Prep (6-8)?

    Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5) is an eLearning environment where teachers use digital tools for teaching and learning to facilitate the learning process, and students are empowered to connect and interact with their peers and instructors online through personalized and distinguished learning paths.     

    Guilford eLearning University Prep (6-8) is an eLearning environment where teachers use digital tools for teaching and learning to facilitate the learning process, and students are empowered to connect and interact with their peers and instructors online through personalized and distinguished learning paths required for college and careers.

    2) What grades are offered?

    Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy offers grades K–5 for students who reside within the boundaries of Guilford County Schools.

    Guilford eLearning University Prep offers grades 6-8 for students who reside within the boundaries of Guilford County Schools.

    3) What technology resources are provided to students?

    eLearning environments must have the following to be successful; a reliable internet connection and a dedicated device (laptop, iPad, or computer). Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will provide a loaner device (laptop) upon request to families that meet certain criteria and receive approval. 

    4) What materials do Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep provide?

    eLearning environments are completely online; that means the textbooks and curriculum are digital. Basic school supplies may include journals, pens, highlighters, folders, dividers, calculators, rulers, markers, paper, etc. but are not provided. School lists will be provided for each grade level at the beginning of the school year. Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (K-5) provides support resources, equipment, and assistive technology.

    5) What curricula do Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep use?

    In our eLearning environment, a wide range of online courses and curricula are used to meet or exceed state standards by utilizing the district’s scope and sequence for academics. Some of the innovative and engaging digital learning tools include Canvas, Nearpod, Google Apps, Zearn, ARC cloud, NewsELA, Number Worlds, and Waterford just to name a few. Our digital resources are reviewed annually for effectiveness, rigor, equity, and relevancy based on our ever-evolving educational advances.

    6) Do Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy and Guilford eLearning University Prep charge tuition?

    There is no charge to attend; the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep is 100% FREE.

    7) Do Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep provide special education services?

    Yes. Special education services are provided in the eLearning environment for students with disabilities who have Individualized Education Program (IEP). Accommodations are also provided for students with Section 504 Plans. Our eLearning environments deliver feasible programming and related services in the least restrictive environment as determined by the student’s IEP/504 team. Families and IEP/504 teams must carefully consider the modifications and accommodations required per the student’s IEP/504 plan before applying to ensure the eLearning environment is the best fit for the needs of that student.

    8) What opportunities for social engagement are provided?

    The Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will be able to participate in virtual field trips, live extracurricular clubs, online mentorship, virtual business/industry and college tours, live streaming events with peers, teachers, and guest speakers, and video channeling opportunities.

    9) Do students have live interaction with teachers?

    Yes; the eLearning staff consists of certified teachers, counselors, and the principal. The eLearning environment will be both synchronous; live and real-time instruction with a teacher based on the predetermined schedule, and asynchronous; instruction is pre-recorded, and students can access at any time based on the best time for learners, and parents as learning coaches.

    10) Does classwork have to be completed during the traditional school day?

    Yes; classes start and end with flexible scheduling options and students have a load of no more than six courses at one time. Teachers are available during scheduled class times, check-ins, and designated online office hours. Students have the option to complete assignments outside of the traditional school day.

    11) How is attendance counted?

    Attendance is taken and counted daily by the instructor to monitor student participation, engagement, and proficiency based on the current number of 185 instructional days. Attendance is taken based on participation throughout the week, giving students the full week (including weekends) to complete and submit assignments.

    12) How do I register?

    Registration takes place during the magnet application period at gcsnc.schoolmint.net

    13) How many hours per day will my student participate in school?

    Students will engage online on average for three to six hours per day and 15-30 hours per week, with flexible pacing.

    14) Is Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep content self-paced?

    Yes; students registered in the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will follow a Guilford County Schools pacing guide with the flexibility to learn and succeed.

    15) What is the grading policy?

    The Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep grading policy is in the Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook for Guilford County Schools and information on the grading policy. GCS Parent/Student Handbook

    16) Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep hold graduation, moving on, or commencement ceremonies? 

    Yes; the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep will hold traditional or nontraditional commencement exercises based on the academic year for various grade levels. 

    17) Are Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep students required to participate in state testing?

    Yes; students who attend public schools in North Carolina are required by law to take state-mandated tests, and any additional local tests as required based on student needs.

    18) Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep participate in the Title I Program?

    Yes; if the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep meets the required status for Title I, they will be included in the Title I program. 

    19) Does Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy & Guilford eLearning University Prep provide services for displaced students?

    All school-aged children that reside inside the Guilford County limits are eligible to register for the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep.

    20) How do parents support their children in an eLearning environment?

    At the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy/ Guilford eLearning University Prep, parents/guardians serve as a learning coach; monitoring engagement, providing a welcoming workspace, ensuring connectivity is accessible, and supporting learning while championing your child’s progress and achievements.

    21) Can a student transfer back to a magnet program?

    If a student enrolls in the eLearning program from a magnet school, their seat will be lost upon transferring.

    22) Can a student withdraw from the virtual school and go back to their home school at any time?

    Students will be able to transfer back to in-person learning from the e-Learning Virtual Academy (K-5) and e-Learning University Prep (6-8) at the end of the first semester. The semester transfer process will be communicated to Virtual Academy families this fall. 

    Virtual Academy families will also be able to request a transfer to their zone school for the start of the 2022-2023 school year during the district's reassignment request window

    23) How are virtual schools funded?

    The virtual school will receive the same weighted student formula funding (approximately $50 per student) that other schools receive. The initial allocation will be used to address technology and workspace needs as we open the schools.

    24) Will the virtual schools offer electives?

    Yes. The virtual schools will offer abbreviated electives during the first years of implementation. Elementary electives include art, music, health and physical education. Middle school electives include art, band, modern music, orchestra, computer science, business courses, Spanish, and STEM electives. 

    25) Will academically gifted (AG), programming be offered?

    AG students who opt to attend the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy (6-8), will receive AG enrichment services in math and/or reading provided by an AG specialist through Canvas Courses developed specifically around the AG enrichment curriculum.

    More Questions?

    universityprep@gcsnc.com

    virtualacademy@gcsnc.com