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.
No, students enrolled in MVA do their learning at home, but they are participating in a public school of Manhattan-Ogden USD 383. Instruction is led by Kansas licensed teachers who guide learning and engage students in the learning process. It is a great option for those that want to home school, as it allows parents to be involved with their child's learning outcomes.
Students will have a weekly class time for each course, called vClass. During this time they will participate in live instruction with their teacher and classmates. Teachers also host 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.
Parents are an integral part of their child’s education. Although each MVA course is led by a certified teacher who provides regular online instruction, elementary and middle school students need additional guidance and support from their parent/guardian.
A parent/guardian is expected to:
- Be present in the home (K-6)
- Set up a daily school schedule
- Help with course navigation
- Expect to spend 4-6 hours daily, supporting your student
- Maintain weekly progress
- Support offline learning time and content mastery
- Communicate with teachers and staff vie phone, email, and online
This is not a complete list, as there are many ways parents will be involved and supporting their learner.
Yes, MVA courses and instruction are rigorous and help students be college and career ready. MVA has NCAA approved courses for student athletes in Kansas.
No, students wishing to enroll in courses at MVA, must have access to their own computer, with microphone and camera, and reliable internet access.
Elementary students will also need a printer.
Manhattan Virtual Academy is an entirely web-based application that only interacts with a browser.
Manhattan Virtual Academy will require a minimum of:
- Screen resolution 1024 x 768 or greater recommended
- Printer and means to digitally submit a file or ability to digitally edit PDF files
- Internet Connection: High Speed (Broadband)
- Audio: Speakers and Microphone
- Laptop computers
iPads, Chromebooks, and tablets have limited support for Java or Flash, which still appear in a small percentage of courses, for that reason, they are NOT recommended.
Supported Operating Systems
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 10
- MacOS High Sierra (10.13)
- MacOS Mojave (10.14)
- MacOS Catalina (10.15)
- Microsoft Edge
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Apple Safari
- Cookies enabled
- Java installed
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MVA Enrollment Guidelines and Admission Information
Enrollment closes on August 11, 2023, or when maximum enrollment capacity is reached, whichever comes first.
Students in grades K-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:
- Accept only full-time enrollments; students may not be enrolled in another Kansas public school.
- Families must submit a completed MVA enrollment application with required documentation.
- The MVA administration team reviews each application. If accepted, education support services, modifications, and accommodations will be provided virtually.
- Grades K-9: Review of education records:
- Student must be in good academic standing
- Student must have positive attendance records
- Student must have parent support and guidance throughout the day. K-5 parents/guardians can expect to spend 4-6 hours per day supporting their students and are required to be home during the school day.
- Grades 10-12: Evaluate transcript(s) to determine if applicant is within credit alignment of the MVA grade level requirement:
Incoming sophomore = a minimum of 5 credits
Incoming junior = a minimum of 11 credits
Incoming senior = a minimum of 17 credits
- 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.
- Homeschool and/or private school families contact the MVA office for guidelines.
- MVA will not enroll students currently suspended or expelled from school.
Out-of-State Resident Policies
Out-of-state students may enroll full-time for the 2023-2024 academic year with private pay tuition.
Yes, Manhattan Virtual Academy is a fully accredited, K-12 online public school. We are a school of the Manhattan-Ogden 383 School District, in Manhattan, Kansas.
Required books and instructional materials for courses are provided to students, however, a few upper level courses may have an additional $30 materials fee.
MVA Enrollment Guidelines for Manhattan High School Students
- Manhattan High School students have the opportunity to enroll in up to two MVA courses as one or two of their scheduled seven classes; additional course fees may apply. Courses beyond the traditional seven are available with additional fees.
- Students should work with their MHS counselor to enroll in a course and complete the MHS Student Enrollment Form. Please return the form to E-146 at the West Campus, or email to email@example.com
- Manhattan High School brick and mortar students enrolled in a minimum of one MVA course may participate in Manhattan Virtual Academy activities.
- Exceptions for participating in any non-KSHSAA activities must be approved by the Manhattan High School Activities Director.
- 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.
Students graduating will receive a Manhattan Virtual Academy 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, Manhattan Virtual Academy High School students will graduate with their fellow online students in an in-person graduation ceremony.
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.
Our curriculum, created by FlexPoint Education (Formerly Florida Virtual School), 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, 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.
The full time digital material/resource fee is $85 per year for grades 6-12, and $50 per year for K-5.
Yes, high school students are required to take final exams at the end of each semester.
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- Self-motivated- Self-motivated students thrive in online learning since they are able to effectively work independently.
- Good Reading & Writing Skills- These skills are essential to online students to understand assignments and create quality work.
- Ask for Help/Communication skills- Successful online students are willing to ask for help when they have questions or need guidance.
- Time Management Skills- Students who have strong time management skills can thrive in an online learning environment.
- Comfortable with Technology- Online schooling requires a level of comfortability with technology since everything is done through a computer.
- Participate in Discussions- Online students who are engaged and participate in class discussions can find great success in online learning.
MVA faculty are highly qualified Kansas licensed teachers who value the relationships they build with students and families. Teachers believe those relationships provide the foundation for quality instruction and engaging students in their learning.
Parents can use their observer 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.
Do you have more questions? No problem! Contact us today and we will be glad to help you!
Manhattan Virtual Academy
785-587-2100 Ext. 8073
If you have any questions, please call the MVA office at 785-587-2100 ext. 8073.