FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy?

Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy is a virtual education program that serves students in grades 3–8 who are Texas residents. The school is based out of the Texarkana Independent School District. It is a tuition-free program that utilizes the Calvert curriculum.

How do I enroll or register for the Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy?

Visit the enrollment page.

Can my student be enrolled in two schools?

Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy does not allow dual enrollment or enrollment in more than one public school.

How much does it cost?

The Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy is a program of the Texarkana Independent School District. All tuition, materials and services are fully funded. There is NO tuition cost to families. (Exception: Parents must be able to furnish computer, printer/scanner, internet.)

Do I need internet access?

Yes, the Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy offers a blend of traditional and online instruction. The student and parent will need access to the internet 2-3 hours a day from your home or through free public access such as a library.

Do I need a computer?

Computers with internet access and printer/scanner combination are required to complete a portion of the curriculum, as the Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy is a blended curriculum program. Families living in a 20 mile radius of Texarkana ISD, who complete the free/reduced lunch application and meet requirements may be eligible to apply for the laptop loan program. There will only be a limited amount of laptops the first year.

How much time will be required online, per day, per week?

The Calvert curriculum is a blended program. Students may access the lessons and complete some activities online. The amount of time online will vary depending on the student, grade and the lesson for that day. Other activities, such as reading texts, novels, completing worksheets, labs, and some projects will be done off-line. Auto-graded daily checkpoint assessments will be completed online to show that the student completed and understood the main ideas for each lesson. Each student will have live, synchronous sessions throughout the curriculum.

Is this school right for me?

The Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy uses the Calvert curriculum. It blends tradition, innovation, and technology. Since 1906 Calvert has educated more than 600,000 students from around the world! Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy makes this curriculum available to you, within your own state, tuition-free, and provides you with the extra support of a teacher within the community of a local, public school in Texas.

What are the eligibility requirements?

The Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy is a public school and follows the Texas Education Agency (TEA) guidelines for enrollment. This includes being a Texas resident as well as currently enrolled in a Texas public school before you can apply.

How will IEP’s be coordinated?

If your child has an IEP, Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy will work with you to develop a plan and the right program from your child.

What subjects does my student study?

The Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy provides a well-rounded curriculum. The subjects studied include Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Art, Music, P.E. and Technology. The Academy will provide the curriculum and materials necessary, though some common household items or activities may be required. Learn more about our Curriculum here!

Is there a physical education program?

Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy students will be required to meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in Physical Education in various ways and activities.  In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically active lifestyle.  In Grades 3-5, students continue to develop strength, endurance and flexibility. In Grade 6, students understand in greater detail the function of the body, learn to measure their own performance more accurately, and develop plans for improvement.

Do I have to be “tech savvy” with a lot of computer skills?

No, the program is easy to use. The curriculum is a blended program of online, textbook and other forms of study. There will be orientation prior to the start of school where you can learn more computer skills!

Is there curriculum for gifted and advanced grade students?

The level of curriculum is determined by the Calvert Placement Exam. Students who can handle the challenge may place at an advanced level.

How do the parents participate?

Parent or adult participation is a requirement of this program. The curriculum is challenging requiring many hours of parent/ student interaction. Throughout the curriculum and school year, there will be parent – teacher conferences or student- teacher conferences to discuss the student’s progress. Students are also required to participate in annual state testing, which will include parents providing transportation to convenient, centralized, testing locations directed by the school.

Can you tell me more about the teacher?

The Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy provides a teacher for every student. The certified teacher has special skills and experience working with families in virtual environments. Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy provides an additional layer of support through our educational support team. Student and learning guide will also have access to them through email, chat and phone. As part of a virtual school, you will not be required to meet with the teacher or support team in-person, or inside your home. They are available for questions, special assistance, and optional group teaching activities providing multiple forums in which you and your student can participate. The teachers provide experienced support as professional educators, answers to specific curriculum questions, alternative teaching strategies and other practical advice.

Is there an opportunity for my student to gather with classmates?

There will be many opportunities throughout the school year and summer to interact both with Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy students and Calvert curriculum users around the world either virtually or at in-person events.

Does this program count for public school credit?

Yes. Texarkana ISD Virtual Academy credits are approved by Texas and will be accepted for credit and entrance into any public school.

What are the technical requirements for this school?

  • 2GHz or faster processor
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home or later
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or Mozilla Firefox 3.5
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 60 GB of available hard-disk space
  • 1,024×768 screen resolution
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Audio card
  • Printer and Scanner, or combination

Software Requirements:

  • Latest Version of Adobe Flash Player
  • Latest Version of Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.0

Optional

  • Headset or speakers and microphone
  • Web camera
  • Bamboo Pen Tablet or equivalent

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