FAQ

Manhattan Virtual Academy parent and student

Yes, Manhattan Virtual Academy is a fully accredited, 7-12 online public school. We are a program of the Manhattan-Ogden 383 School District, in Manhattan, Kansas.

Yes, MVA has NCAA-approved core courses for student athletes in Kansas.

Students graduating from Manhattan Virtual Academy will receive a Manhattan High School Diploma.

Students attending Manhattan Virtual Academy come from all educational backgrounds and from all over the state of Kansas.  They also have many different reasons that made online school the right choice for them.

Yes, along with a broad, engaging curriculum, MVA provides interested students with a concentrated focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning.

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Yes, we will be holding several academic outings during the school year.  These may include trips to: art museums, Kansas History Museum, Cosmosphere and Salt mine tour, Capital Building Tour, Live STEM Events, and our end of the year graduation ceremony.

The platform, Gradpoint by Pearson, is aligned to state academic standards and is coherent with the Common Core State Standards.  In addition, teachers can upload their own courses, materials, assessments, and assignments to personalize the learning experience for their students.

Yes, Manhattan Virtual Academy High School students will graduate with their fellow online students in an in-person graduation ceremony.

The Full time enrollment fee is $85 per year.  The Part time enrollment fee is based on your part time status. 

Yes, the State of Kansas requires testing of all students in public schools or programs.  These mandatory tests take place during a specific time frame set by the state. Since state law requires that these tests are proctored, all students must be available to meet at a regional location in Kansas during the February-May testing window.

Yes, high school students are required to take proctored final exams at the end of each semester at various locations around the state.

Highly qualified, Kansas certified teachers, who are certified in the course's content area and who have received additional training in online instruction teach MVA courses.

Students should plan on approximately one hour of work per day for every class they are enrolled in, plus some extra time for outside readings or writing papers.  That means for a full time student, 5-6 hours per day or 25-30 hours per week, every week of the semester.  Just as in a tradtional school, students must engage in their coursework every day of the regular school week.

A successful online learner must be a motivated self-starter and committed to the success of their education.  This can only be achieved by putting forth a lot of effort. Like anything, the more you put into your education the greater the benefit.

Parents can use their student's login information to enter the MVA site. By using this login, parents can go directly to their child's classes and see what assignments have been completed, how much time their student is spending in their courses, and current grades.

No, students enrolled in MVA do their learning at home, but they are participating in a program of Manhattan-Ogden USD 383.  Classes are taught by state-licensed teachers and the curriculum is also state approved for earning middle and high school credits.

Students will have a weekly class time for each course, called vClasses, during this time they will receive live instruction.  Teachers will also hold online office hours for students to ask questions or receive additional help.  Students may log in to their classes anytime day or night, to work on their actual course work.

If live vClass sessions can't be attended, they will be recorded and can be watched at a later time.

No, students wishing to enroll in courses at MVA, must have access to their own computer and have internet access. 

Computer requirements:

It needs at least:

Screen resolution 1280 x 1024 or greater recommended (lower resolutions may require scrolling)

128 MB graphics memory recommended

Any Creative Labs or 100% compatible sound card

Any headset, with a microphone (if one isn't built in)

AND Installed:

Microsoft Edge (latest two versions only)

Internet Explorer (latest version only)

Mozilla Firefox (latest two versions only)

Google Chrome (latest two versions only)

Safari (latest two versions only)

Java Script and Active X must be enabled in the browser

Adobe Flash Player (latest version)

Adobe Shockwave (latest version)

Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)

Arial Monospaced (True Type) font

Microsoft Office or other application that can open .xls and .doc files

Local application that can open .zip file

 

Required books and instructional materials for courses are provided to students, however, a few upper level courses may have an additional $30 materials fee.

Do you have more questions? No problem!  Contact us today and we will be glad to help you!

Manhattan Virtual Academy

2100 Poyntz Ave.

Manhattan, Kansas 66502

785-587-2100 Ext. 8073

MVA Enrollment Guidelines and Admission Information

Students in grades 7-12 who reside within the state of Kansas are eligible to apply for enrollment in MVA. A virtual environment is a great educational option for students, but it is not the appropriate educational setting for every student.  It is important to consider your student’s needs to determine appropriateness.  Enrollment into Manhattan Virtual Academy is contingent upon, but not limited to,

the following:

Kansas Resident Policies

  • Accept only full-time enrollments for the 2017-2018 academic year (due to legislative changes in virtual school funding).  Students may not be enrolled in another Kansas public school.
  • Homeschool and/or private school families contact the MVA office for guidelines.
  • Submit a completed MVA enrollment application with documentation.
  • Review application by the administrative team. If accepted, education support services, modifications, and accommodations will be provided virtually.
  • Evaluate transcript(s) to determine if applicant is within credit alignment of the MVA grade level requirement:
  1. Incoming sophomore = a minimum of 4 credits
  2. Incoming junior = a minimum of 10 credits
  3. Incoming senior = a minimum of 17 credits
  • Identify parent support and guidance throughout the day for middle school students 
  • Attend a face-to-face orientation prior to beginning online courses (new students and parent(s).
  • Students may enroll after the enrollment deadline based on administrative approval and available openings.
  • Adult students may apply at any time throughout the school year. 
  • MVA will not enroll students currently suspended or expelled from school.

USD 383 Resident Policies

  • Manhattan High School students have the opportunity to enroll in an MVA course as one of their scheduled seven classes; additional course fees may apply.  Courses beyond the traditional seven are available with additional fees.
  • Students must reside in USD 383 to be eligible to enroll in a local brick and mortar school course.
  • Manhattan High School brick and mortar students enrolled in a minimum of one MVA course may participate in Manhattan Virtual Academy activities.
  • MVA students residing within the boundaries of USD 383 may participate in Manhattan High School activities if they are enrolled in a minimum of one brick and mortar class.
  • Exceptions for participating in any non-KSHSAA activities must be approved by the Manhattan High School Principal.
  • Movement from the brick and mortar school to MVA after the enrollment deadline may be approved by the MVA and brick and mortar administrative team in hardship cases. 
  • USD 383 students not making academic progress will be transitioned from MVA back to the brick and mortar classroom with approval by the MVA and brick and mortar administrative team. 

Out-of-State Resident Policies

  • Accept full-time enrollments for the 2017-2018 academic year with private pay tuition.

See for yourself if MVA is a good fit for your student. Register for one of our online or in-person information sessions to meet MVA staff and learn more about our innovative program.

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