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9-12
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El Dorado, CA
Students enrolled: 108
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6540 Koki Lane
El Dorado, CA 95623

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(530) 622-6212
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May 05, 2015
I switched to the Virtual Academy from Pondo when I was a junior and now I'm a senior. I didn't like sitting in a classroom for 7 hours doing mostly nothing so I transferred to this school. Most of the time, your classes are all in one or two days, then you can go home and do your work at home. If you're a student who likes doing things on your own and you are good at time management, I would recommend this school. A lot of students come to this school thinking it will be easy and that they won't have to do anything, but they are definitely wrong. Students of the Virtual Academy have to be self motivated--the teachers aren't here to baby you, so don't be a baby. A more mature and responsible student would do well at this school.

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April 21, 2015
I came to this school because I was having trouble at Union Mine, but now I realize that Union Mine really isn't a bad school. Shenandoah is. The teachers do not know how to teach us students. They say, "Read this and get started." while all they do is text. Goodbye Virtual Academy, hello Union Mine.. again!

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March 12, 2015
This is a great place to be able to enroll if you want to get ahead in school. The school is good for people who want to have more time to work, volunteer, or enroll in an internship. It helps you get lots of outside experience in the real world. The teachers make themselves available to the students, and try their hardest to try and keep up with each of them. The administration is very helpful and the principal, Mr. Palm, is very attentive and knows most of the students personally. The students are all supportive and because of the small number of students become very close-knit. Virtual Academy is a great place to go to school if you want to graduate early.

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March 11, 2015
Honestly, I do not like this school at all. I like how it's a small school kind of. But, the teachers pick favorites and its annoying. Some of them are really rude and talk to students like the're dumb also. I do like how the schedule is setup though.

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March 08, 2015
I personally love Virtual Academy at Shenandoah. I have had such an amazing experience so far and can t wait for what the rest of the school year has to offer. I am taking Life Fitness 2, Advisory, Service Learning, and Spanish 1 through Virtual academy and Foods and Nutrition at Oak Ridge High School. The staff at Virtual academy is outstanding. Whenever I have an issue with something I feel comfortable asking them for help at any time. Attending Virtual Academy has freed up a lot of my time and I have been able to spend more time with my family and have a more individualized education. I am able to go at my own pace and not feel rushed. I have more time to go to my sports and extracurricular activities which include going to the gym, Youth and Government, and obviously having a social life, which is very important to a teenager. To conclude, I feel that making the move to Virtual Academy has been extremely beneficial to me as well as my grades.

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March 06, 2015
The Virtual Academy @ Shenandoah is an amazing school. After transferring the beginning of my junior year I discovered the VA is a creative, supportive, and academically rigorous environment. Two of the many reasons I love the VA are the teachers and the ability to control my education. The fact that VA teachers have less students allows them to focus on everyone individually. For example, I took chemistry at my first high school and my teacher had so many students that I never got all of my questioned answered and, even when I was struggling, he never had time to spare to help me. I retook the class at the VA and I only had seven other students in my class. As a result the teacher was able to cater the lessons to what we needed more work on or had more trouble understanding. At the VA, the personal control a student has over her education, that allows a student to stay on track to graduate in four years, but to also take classes that interest her, is unparallelled. Also, with the blended learning method, a combination of in-person and online teaching, students have the schedule flexibility to hold a job, participate in the internship program, or work on community service.

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March 06, 2015
Hello, I am a current student at Eduhsd Virtual Academy At Shenandoah. At first i wasn't to be attending but I eventually grew to like it. The staff here are amazing. They take the time to focus on you as an individual not just another student. Another thing that I love about the program is their schedule. This is not a program in which you have to attend daily. You have the option to attend twice to four days a week. And when we do go to the school our class time is usually a working period and the teachers help us with thing that do not yet understand. There are NO two hour lectures in which we try to soak up everything that we can and take long note. If we do take notes we take them online like the rest of our work is taken. We are also encouraged to make our own schedules and go at our own pace which provides us with the ability to be flexible and more responsible. I really like the Academy and I think that it gives me a taste what It'll be like after high school.

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March 05, 2015
Due in large part to the reduced student population of this school (little over a hundred) there is a definite informal quality to the relationship between student and teacher. Students refer to the teachers by their first name so often that they can at times be unfamiliar with their respective last names. This quality of relationship may seem detrimental but in fact it is helpful for students, in the online and vastly more independent scenario that the Virtual Academy offers, to be able to approach their teachers in a less-than formal tone without sacrificing professionalism. This school operates in much same way as a college campus does; Professors (teachers) hold a handful of classes to cover the topic for a given section or subject and are available for consultation during the remainder of the time. Overall the virtual academy can be most closely compared to a community college for high school students.

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March 05, 2015
I am a student here at virtual Academy! This school is a great place to learn! The teachers here are awesome and are constantly working to better you as a student. They are always available for consultation and are constantly helping you. Also the kids here are great too! Everyone is trying their best to learn and really receive a great education. If you are looking for a school to attend, I would highly advise looking into coming to Virtual Academy! Also you really learn how to be independent and responsible with your time. After coming to this school you really learn how to not be a procrastinator and really are able to get all your work down to the best of your ability. I would highly recommend attending this school in the future!

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March 05, 2015
Something that makes a good student at Shenandoah is you have to be on top of all your work. If you get behind in any of your classes then it's hard to catch up. If you procrastinate a lot then it will probably be hard for you to be successful at this school. Since I've started going to Shenandoah my grades have improved greatly. You get a lot of schoolwork top do during the week, It's not extremely challenging work but a lot of it is there to keep you busy.

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March 05, 2015
The environment of Virtual Academy is very welcoming and relaxed. The teachers are very supportive and willing to help you with whatever you may need. The homework load is easily manageable and stress-free. All of the students at Virtual Academy are very welcoming and kind. I recently transferred here from Oak Ridge and have had no problems with the transition. I rarely get behind in my work and always have free time to focus on other things. I would recommend this school to anyone who is a self motivator and is willing to work on their own. This school is also best fit for kids who work better on their own or in small groups.

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March 05, 2015
What makes a good VA student? Well there is many things you can do to become a great student such as keeping your grades up, asking questions, being social and being respectful. By keeping your grades up you can work with ease and not worry and stress about assignments. Asking questions is always the easy way to get answers to problems so don't be afraid to ask when it comes to a difficult questions or situation. By being social you can have friends and have a great time at school as well as work. Lastly, being respectful can get the answers you need smoothly and easily and everyone likes a good sport!

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March 05, 2015
This school is good for people who have excellent time management skills and an overall sense of self-motivation. If the student can t make a weekly or monthly schedule for themselves and stick to it then they will find that they need to put a lot of extra time and effort into succeeding. VA works best for people who can be mostly self-taught and only need help from the teachers a few times during the day (if at all). If the student has the time and motivation to work from home then they can still get a lot done without having to go to school every day. The student also needs to be on top of all their assignments because falling behind in a class is not really an option, and the student needs to make sure that all of their makeup work is graded on time. If a student has all of these skills then they will do very well at the school, otherwise it may not be the best option for them.

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March 05, 2015
The Virtual Academy works for some people, but not all. In order to succeed at this school, you need to know how to work independently and have self-discipline to do your work on time. The other thing about this school is that despite the school being "virtual", your attendance is very much required. You have to be at school at least 2 days a week, and 4 days a week if you're getting below a C in the class. The school will definitely make sure of that as well. Even if you have all A's, you must attend two days a week, just to show your presence. So that is something to keep in mind if you're going to the school because you're busy with something else or you can't be at school. All of the teachers are great, and help you out with your work, and most of them always grade work on time. They try to push you to succeed and have great teaching skills. Overall I would say that the school depends on the student, and you definitely have to have the independent and social skills to succeed. It's also important to stay socially active and continue to hang out with kids from others schools to build social skills.

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March 05, 2015
The Virtual Academy is a great school if you re good at managing your time wisely since you don t go to class daily and get assigned homework from the class that day. You re given the week s assignments on Friday and each class meets once per week. A student who would be successful at this school is a student who has a consistent daily schedule for doing work and such and can stick to it. It may be more at your own pace , but it s best to do the work on the day it s assigned to be done. . The staff members at the school are rather nice. The English teacher here does assign about 2x too much work, though. It s also a much smaller school than a traditional public high school. Currently, we have fewer than 200 students and between 4 and 6 teachers on any given days.

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March 05, 2015
l hate the virtual academy. Even though we get good help from the teachers when we need it, we mainly work on our own. l don't like sitting in front of a computer all day long. Even if you are excelling in every class you still have to go to school twice a week. The whole point of me going to virtual academy was to not got to school. The only thing that makes this school virtual is dropboxing our assignments. It is terrible here and l can't wait to leave this miserable place.

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March 05, 2015
Although it has "Virtual" in the name, I still find myself coming to school. The only "virtual" thing about this school is the fact that instead of turning in my work to a teacher throughout the week, i turn in it in online on Friday mornings. When i first heard about this school, i had the impression that it was independent study. i had the impression that i wouldn't have to go to school. That i would be able to easily make up my lack of credits. I find myself coming to school everyday of the week because of this "virtual" school. I am concurrently enrolled in my host school, so i go there on Mon., Wed., and Fri. However, since i am required to come here 2 days a week, i still have a 5 day schedule. It's more of just being enrolled in 2 different schools rather than doing online school with a couple classes at regular, public school. If you're looking for an independent study school, you're better off doing IPS, Apex or online BYU classes. Or maybe just stay at the school you're at currently.

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March 05, 2015
Tara made me write this. I attended this school from 2012 to 2013 in my freshman year and returned in January of this year. It s not the best school I ve ever attended, but it s a good alternative to other schools in the district. When I returned in January this year Aaron had taken over the program. He told me that he had changed it a lot, but it isn t particularly different. I don t think that the majority of students should be in a school like this. Less self-motivated students who are looking for an alternative to normal school won t find the involved teacher support that they need.

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March 05, 2015
The only thing saving this from a one star rating is the fact that this school started off as a great idea. People hear about this school and they think gee golly, online classes sound perfect for me, and what s more, I can finish a yearlong class in only half a year! but this isn t REALLY a virtual academy. You have to come in at least twice a week, which doesn t sound so bad compared to the traditional 5 days a week. However, this means that you have enrolled in this school under false pretenses, believing that it is a virtual academy when it is not. If, for whatever reason, you do not have a grade of a C or above, then you have to come in every day. In addition, if you miss a day without an excuse, meaning that if you do not come in twice a week you will also have to come every day. Never mind the fact that you live an hour away and have no form of transportation, after all there is always the bus, right? Well the bus ride is two hours long, if not more, and full of loud obnoxious people from other schools, and you never know what time you ll get home because the bus route, and pick up locations change literally every week. I have more to say, but apparently, I m out of space.

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March 05, 2015
If you enjoy failing a class even though you have done all of your work, then I have the school for you! At Virtual Academy, you are made to slave over your homework for hours doing the five-step process over, and over, and over again. After you spend the 5+ hours a day doing homework, IT WON’T EVEN GET GRADED UNTIL 3 WEEKS LATER!!! that’s right kids! you will have a big fat 0 on your report card until the teacher finally gets around to grading and the best part is that you will most likely get a D on the assignment because you didn’t do the five-step process properly! Oh joy! I love attending Virtual Academy and getting the near constant e-mail spam notifying me that I am failing ymy classes (which you are guaranteed to fail) and phone calls to your parents on a daily notifying them that they are incompetent parents that need to motivate you to work harder and take away all of your privileges! all in all, 10/10

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March 05, 2015
I was told that if you come to this school its almost like a home school and its all virtual. The only thing virtual is drop boxing homework. And there is a lot more homework than a regular school, so its really easy to get behind. Also since its independent study you have to pretty much teach yourself the whole material. Yes the teachers will work with you if you get behind but i would just would just way rather go back to my regular school.

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March 05, 2015
Virtual Academy is a great school. The teachers are always available weather during school hours or after. Although it is a small school, we still have the same opportunities other schools in the district have. This is a great school for people with busy schedules. You only have to attend 2 days a week but will have unlimited access to the curriculum. If Virtual Academy does not offer the course you want to take they will personally seek a way to get you into that class at another school. Virtual Academy in my opinion is the best school i have attended.

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March 05, 2015
I am a student at Virtual Academy. This school gives every opportunity for you to succeed. There are many who believe that this school is absolutely hell. I disagree. The small school gives all of the students who are here the opportunity to succeed and do anything and everything that they want. The one thing that the students must have is focus. Once a student gets unfocused the grades start to drop. Although, the teachers are always here to help and give instruction on how to do an assignment. All you have to do is ask. In order to get good grades in this school (or in any school for that matter) the student has to have the drive to succeed. The student must want good grades. Otherwise that student will fall behind and there will be trouble. On a more positive note, the schedule is super flexible. If you are involved in extra curricular activities, the flexible schedule will be so helpful. Especially if you are a student athlete. The school is amazing, others say that it is not, but that is of their own lack of knowledge.

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March 05, 2015
To be a successful student here, you must have the ability to work independently and the will to graduate. You have to work hard, but it's worth it because it really prepares you for the real world. You learn to be more independent, self-reliant and good study/work habits. The staff at this school is very friendly and helpful, so treat them well and with respect! Never be afraid to ask a question because no one will think you are stupid/silly, and everyone is willing to help you. If you like a smaller school, this is a good school to attend because it is very one-on-one and it is easier to get the help you need. You can attend sports and other classes at your "homeschool" (the school that you live closest to) or even Union Mine (the school right next to Virtual Academy).

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March 05, 2015
As a student at EDUHSD's Virtual Academy I can say that I am very happy with how the online program works. If you or your parent/guardians work or can't always make it to the classroom everyday, the flexible schedule makes it very easy to do your school work on the go. Plus if you are more of an independent student that's okay, since all of the work is available on their Desire2Learn website. Also, since the school is so small, it makes it a lot easier to get one on one time with the teacher when needed. In order to be successful at the Virtual Academy, you need to be able to keep on task and not procrastinate because its easy to get behind on your work if you don't log onto the website everyday. But don't worry even though the work is online you still get the "authentic high school experience" because you will have assigned days in which you will need to attend the campus. The Virtual Academy Campus is shared with that of Shenandoah. Shenandoah is located behind the Union Mine High School campus, so if you have friends that attend Union Mine you will still get to see them.

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March 05, 2015
I have been a student at Virtual Academy for only 3 months but already have an idea of how everything works. I definitely like the fact that I integrated into the school so easily. I also love the more individualized approach to learning. If I'm having trouble with an assignment or a class, I can go to a Tutorial class to get help with said assignment or class. Virtual Academy are only required to go to campus 2 days a week. Students are welcome to come everyday though. Many do. This helpful to students who have jobs or demanding sports schedules. This loose schedule can be hard on students who can't self-motivate though. This schedule can make it easier to get distracted and procrastinate, especially since there isn't work due each day. Each Friday our work for the week is published online and outlines as to what we should be doing each day to keep on track. I've found that the teachers are really helpful. They are willing to listen as long as you are willing to communicate with them about your school work. Through Virtual Academy, students also have the opportunity to take other classes within the high schools in the district. This is great for getting elective credits.

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March 05, 2015
This is a great school if you want to take collage classes or have a job while in high school. I have taken college classes while also having a job and have gotten credit for both. They also pay for the college class so all that you have to do it buy the book. You have to go to school on the assigned date that your classes are on, but then you can pick the second day that you want to go. You only have to go the two days as long as your grades are above a D, and they'll inform you and your parents if you have to go all four days to get your grades up. They also have a website where you can see what your assignments are, turn them in, and they you can also see your grades. Parents can also have access to the site and see what their students grades are and what they've turned in.

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March 05, 2015
Virtual Academy depends on who you are and what you like. If you are comfortable in the normal high school scene, then don't come to this school. However, if you are looking for a change of scenery but still want to be able to participate in sports and other extra circular activities, then Virtual Academy could work for you. To be successful here you should know how to teach yourself, because lots of the time, thats what you will have to do. IF you tend to procrastinate, then you should avoid this school. Or another solution is to come to this school and, in doing so, force yourself to learn not to be a procrastinator. I have had an ok experience here, but like I said earlier it all depends on who you are, what you like, and what you are looking for in your school. VA could be right for you.

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March 04, 2015
As a student of the VA, I can say that this school is an excelent place to learn. I have previously gone to traditional high schools, and nothing compares to this. The staff and teachers work with students one on one, and are available to help almost all the time. Students have the benifit of emailing, calling, and texting their teachers throughout the week to get help while theyre at home. The school has flexible class schedules and the option of co-enrollment. students attend on campus classes anywhere between one and 4 days a week. This schedule option allows students to participate in more extracurricular activities and join the work force. As a current student, I take on campus classes once a week, work a part-time job, and attend a medical internship for school credit. It is truely incredible how advanced this school has become. Students have oportunities that they have never had in the past with traditional high schools. I would recommend this school to any student looking to get ahead and learn important life skills.

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March 04, 2015
Virtual Academy is a great way for students to learn. It is very different from any other normal public school, because you have a lot more time to get your schoolwork done. I just enrolled in Virtual Academy second semester or sophomore year, and so far my GPA has improved greatly. The teachers here are very helpful. If you don't understand something, they help you one on one and make sure you clearly understand it. Virtual Academy is a more organized way of learning and getting stuff done. Almost everything you do is online, so if you are working on your homework at home, you can simply just email one of the teachers and ask for immediate help like any other school. I recommend this school a lot, because of the many ways it could help you raise your GPA and help you get all the credits you need for graduation.

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March 04, 2015
A good virtual academy student must be self motivated and willing to do work without a teacher directly telling you to. The staff as much greater connection with their students because there are only four teachers, so they know almost all of the students. Virtual academy is a small school so there are smaller class sizes when you come and you get more one on one time when you need it. The virtual Academy school schedule can leave you with a lot of time for extra curricular activities like sports. Another nice thing is that it is a small school so, you know almost everybody and feel comfortable with them. This is good so students don't feel uncomfortable at school, so they can focus. Another good thing is that you can stay involved in the school you came from, by playing sports their, still going to their dances and even having concurrent enrollment, which means that you can have classes at virtual academy and your original high school.

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March 04, 2015
Virtual Academy is a pretty good school. It's pretty small so it's more personal. The teachers all go by their first name to their students. I'm pretty sure they are not taking current enrollment for this year because my friend tried to go here this semester and he couldn't because it was full; there is always next year though. The schedule is the best because if you keep a C or higher in all your classes you only have to go two days a week Moreover, there is never school on Fridays. Unlike some schools, Virtual Academy has a block schedule. Each class is a block period which is an hour and a half. There is only four classes per day. To be a student here at Virtual Academy you should be able to manage your time well. Since it is all online and you get your work for the week on Friday and its due next Friday, you have to be able to manage your time to do work. Especially since if you do manage your time well and get good grades, you dont have to go to school everyday.

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March 04, 2015
I think it is a pretty good school. I disagree with how some things work, but for me I think it s better than going and attending a 5 day school. If you want a smaller school schedule such as attending school 2 days a week, then this would be a good school for you. The teachers are good at working with you if you are having trouble with something, and understand if you have trouble attending school that week. It's also a small school which I enjoy, because I don't like packed schools. If you want a smaller school, with a smaller student size, then this could also be a good option. To be successful at this school you need to create a schedule. Unlike other schools most of the time you are going to be working by yourself, and teaching yourself. You need to have a set schedule for what you are going to do a certain day, like what time, what classes, etc. If you fall behind in some of your classes it can be tough sometimes to catch up.

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March 04, 2015
I love attending virtual academy. This is a great school for people who have a busy schedule. I am very busy with all my music and singing and this school helps to balance everything. I started going here my sophmore year. I have really enjoyed being apart of the school. The teachers work one on one with you and that is really important to me. When your not understanding a concept the teacher is right there to be by your side and help you out. A successful virtual academy student is hard working and able to work on their own. You need to be able to work by yourself and be independent. If you need someone to be by you telling you to complete your work this school will not be a good fit for you. You need to be able to get all your work done by yourself. Virtual is a great school! Everyone will work with you and is ready to help.

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March 04, 2015
A student that is successful at a VA School would have to be someone who is very good at using their time wisely and being on top of their school work every day. The teachers are very helpful and are willing to take their time to help you with something you don't understand or something that you are just struggling with. They explain all of the content online and during lectures as best as they can and if a student doesn't fully understand the content then they need to ask for help. I personally don't like asking for help but if it is something I just don't understand and want to get through, I ask for help. That is kind of what a successful student at a public school and at a VA school would do. Another way to be a successful Va student that I have done is keeping track of the work that I have scanned and sent in. After I scan and send a page or two to my teachers, I would put a check mark so that if my papers get unorganized or I can't remember if I scanned them in yet I see the check mark on the bottom of the page and I know that I did scan them already.

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March 04, 2015
Virtual academy is a good school. It is very flexible and offers quite a bit of freedom. It is not a school for everyone as procrastination can lead to failing every single class, however for those who can manage their time well and keep their grades up, this is a good place to be. The students can give students more personalized attention due to the smaller size of the school. A lot has changed since 2010 and before back when scathing reviews were first written. The school has changed and made itself better for students and inspires learning.

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March 04, 2015
It really is a good school, the scheduling allows you to get far ahead on your courses, taking two math courses in a year, and the hours are fantastic; only going to school twice a week and then doing all your other work at home the other days is awesome. The people are okay, there's a lot of kids who are really nice or intelligent but there are a few bad apples, more than usual actually. This school is divided into two kinds of people, people who wanted this style of learning and people who any other kind of learning didn't work for them. The only major complaint I have about this school is the course work. The vast majority of it is busy work. Nothing is really too terribly challenging and the majority of your time will be spent doing the same thing over and over again. The school really is good, I just wish it was less busy work and more challenging and interesting curriculum.

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March 04, 2015
I came to the virtual academy my freshman year (I am a sophomore currently), and it was a culture shock at first because I was used to going to a traditional public school and I was surprised at the difference between the virtual academy and a regular public school. It was a little hard at first getting used to the fact that you are on your own for a lot of the work. The teachers there are very helpful and want to see you succeed and do well at this school. I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in a more independent learning style.

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March 04, 2015
Eduhsd Virtual Academy Shenandoah is ok school it is like every other high school, but most of your work is online. Also when you get good grades you can go to school twice a week but only if you have Cs and higher. The teachers here are really nice and they will help you a lot to make sure you are understanding the assignment they assigned. You can text them at any time and they will sometimes get back to you immediatetly which is really awesome of them to do that. Also if you are a person who don't want to be around many people this is a school for you not many people come here. There are only 108 students at this school which means there is little to no drama. Yes there would be arguments but it is not constant bullying here. There are ups and downs about this school come check it out for yourself.

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March 04, 2015
Virtual academy is the best school I've ever been to. VA has a wonderful staff that will help make accommodations to help you if you have a learning disorder, behind in school and need to catch up, or like for me they altered my schedule and work load because i had brain surgery and im still recovering and they have been very helpful on getting me caught up, and making sure im learning as much as i can, and not to go to fast to make sure i don't get exhausted, which is one of side-affects of the surgery. This school is so great i love how the class sizes are small so you can get help quickly and can have them explain it to you until you understand it. Also VA goes faster then regular school so you can get ahead and can attend college prep classes that they offer. If you are behind in school or want to get ahead then you should be at VA

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March 04, 2015
A good VA student is self-efficient and is determined to do well in school. The staff here is great and is quick to help you also they will give you a lot of 1 on 1 time in case you are not understanding the curriculum. The school here is 1/10 the size of a normal school so you will never feel pressured here and everybody is comforting here and you will feel welcome if a new student comes. The academics here are great since the teachers are eager to teach and will try to answer every question you have and since it is a small school, you will get the 1 on 1 time you need to understand what they are trying to teach. This school allows concurrent enrollment which will allow you to be half here and half at another school or you can take college classes in your junior or senior years. The flexibility of the school also affects sports so you can be in a school s sport team without attending that school.y. The self-disciplined type will be good here at this school since you have to care about your academic performance to good here since there are freedoms that come with responsibilities.

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March 04, 2015
Since I am emotionally unable to attend public schools fulltime, VA is wonderful. As long as your grades are C's or above, then you can attend only twice a week and do the rest of your work at home. If you get stuck, though, you can go in for tutoring during a block when your teacher is not currently teaching. I don't actually like the school, but relatively speaking it is incredible. The students are not drug addicts, lunatics, or otherwise unfit to function in society - they are here for various reasons, none of the aforementioned included. They are not mentally handicapped, either. This school will adapt to your needs - to an extent, of course - for a better learning environment and experience. The 'Principal', for all intents and purposes, Aaron Palm, is a good guy who seems to connect well with most students. All in all, this is the best fit for me (a quiet, introverted person) and if you decide to give it a try, I hope the best for you.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2015
it s a OK school the teachers are done their jobs they are always ready to help you if you have no idea on how to do an assignment they will walk you through it and you will understand the work here can get overwhelming if you re not on top of it it s not a school where you can get the work done there you will have homework the work can take a bit of your time but there are tutorials you can come to and if you don't goof off you will get it done within a reasonable amount of time it is up to you to get the work done your they only person that can do the work so don t expect to have a step by step instructions to do your work also make time for your work don t just say you`ll do it all in one day it s not a good idea to do

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2015
I think this school is a great program with alot of potential. I am really liking this school and all that it has to offer, it has really helped me to become a good student, and to even succeed in life more than i thought i would.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2015
Virtual Academy can either be a perfect fit for someone, or a horrible fit. This school good for students that are hard working and good at time management and being independent and are quiet. It is NOT for kids that think it is just a way to be "lazy". I would also say that this school is an EXCELLENT option for students with anxiety. Also it can be good for students with certain health issues that need a more flexible schedule or those who have certain learning disabilities who need to work at their own pace. Some kids really need this school, so don't come here if you are just going to be an idiot and disrupt the kids that are serious about their work. I also think it can be good for introverts.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2015
Shenandoah is a great learning environment and I have really enjoyed being a student here. I feel like I have grown and learned so much in my time being enrolled here. It really teaches you the importance of time management and teaches you how to be self-independent with your studying. The staff here is amazing because they can have the opportunity to get to know you on a more personal level due to the size of the school. The individualized education that you receive here is amazing! Also the schedule they have here is awesome because it gives you time to focus on other areas of your life instead of wasting the majority of your day sitting in a classroom wasting time. Since ive switched to virtual academy I ve been able spend more time with my family and connect with them and develop a better relationship.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2015
At the Virtual Academy you have the opportunity to try something different. Instead of having a teacher tell you what to do every second at school, you have your work online. This school teaches you to not procrastinate because you don't have a teacher constantly nagging you to do your homework. It makes it feel a lot more independent because you have to make sure you get the work done. The teachers are great. You are constantly emailing them and talking with them. Since there are only about four teachers in the entire school you are practically best friends with every one. They genuinely want to help you succeed in high school and later on. You have to want to be here, its not an easy school where you could just float through high school. It is just as difficult as a regular school. Also, the environment is completely different from regular school, there are not nearly as many other students, and it works for some people. I am a freshman and since coming here, my grades have not been as good as in middle school. For some people it's the complete opposite, they do great at this school, but for others, it doesn't work as well as regular school.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2015
The virtual academy is an okay school in my opinion. I haven t been attending the school for very long, but I already have a pretty good idea what the school is all about. I have more time to do the things that I want to do, such as sports and extracurricular activities, but the work is pretty much all homework. You don t really get taught anything in class as far as electives go and it s up to you to read the material and try to pass the class. As far as other core classes go, you have class that you go to but then you spend the rest of the week doing your homework. If you are the type of student that has a really bad attitude towards school and isn't interested in any topic I don t really recommend this school. You really have to be a self motivated student or else you will fall behind. Everything is due on Friday but procrastination is never the best option. Again, you really have to be self motivated and want to learn or else you won t be able to keep up with your classes.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2015
This school is great for anyone in need of a flexible schedule, although you have to be able to self teach your self, which isn't for everyone. I transferred here in the middle of my freshman year and they made a great effort to help me get the credits to pass this year. The staff is always available to help out anyone with random or academic questions. Everyone greets you with a smile and becomes your friend through out your school year or years. This school is great for anyone in need of a flexible schedule, although you have to be able to self teach your self, which isn't for everyone. I transferred here in the middle of my freshman year and they made a great effort to help me get the credits to pass this year. The staff is always available to help out anyone with random or academic questions. Everyone greets you with a smile and becomes your friend through out your school year or years.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2015
My school is great it's easier to do the work here because everything on the is divided up into each days. The school is pretty small which makes it easier to work and focus during a class. The teachers here are great they always want to help a student no matter what they are doing and always make sure you understand exactly what you are doing. This is a great school.

- submitted by a student

March 03, 2015
Virtual Academy is an awesome school that you can you can work around your schedule. The staff is extremely friendly and is willing to help when ever they can. the school is very small including the number of enrollies. which is very helpful because you can get to know the teachers on a personal level. If you like to do school sports or even sports after school this school helps you have enough time to do what ever sport you want and you can do a sport at basically what every school you want. a student who wants to come to Virtual Academy has to be very time manageable and gets all their work done.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2015
I have only gone to the Virtual Academy for three months, but feel like I've already become accustom to how the school works. This school is great for students who can self-motivate and keep themselves on track. Some students might need to be in a more traditional classroom environment with stricter deadlines and daily homework set by the teacher. The school is quite small, so people who prefer a social environment might have some trouble getting that social interaction. Through the Virtual Academy, you get the opportunity to also take classes at other schools in the district. You are also able to have a job or internship because of not having to be at the campus all week. This also makes it easier for athletes that have demanding schedules.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
This is a great school for anyone who wants a more flexible schedule. I transferred here at the beginning of my junior year. I was able to complete all of my classes and be concurrently enrolled in classes at Ponderosa High School and Folsom Lake College. Being at this school gave me more time for extra curricular activities and personal interests. The teachers here know all of the students and are easy to contact at any time for help. To be successful at the Virtual Academy, students must be motivated and self disciplined. Some students come here thinking that it is an easy school where they do not need to do any work, but that is not the case. The classes are just as rigorous as any other school, and students must do the work without being told. Overall, I would recommend this school to any student wanting a different environment, and they must be motivated.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
Virtual Academy is a great school for students who are determined to work hard, but don't do well in the typical classroom setting. In a normal classroom setting, the student is sitting in the classroom while the teacher gives a lecture. At my previous high school, teachers would lecture pretty much during the entire class while the class took notes. I personally did not like this form of education at all. I was restricted from doing assignments during class time because i had to listen to the teacher lecture, even if i knew all of the information. I would get very bored in these situations, and would end up not learning much. At Virtual Academy, you are given all of your work at the beginning of the week, and can work at your own pace, as long as it is submitted on Friday. This allows the student to learn at his/her own pace. All in all, if you're a determined student and you know you can get work done without next day deadlines pressuring you, this is a great school for you.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
When I first started to go to this School I was confused on how to turn in my work but it is actually really simple. To be a good student at this school you do not really need to be all smart on computers and stuff because we really only use like one website. Most of the time I am only here for two days of the week and that is great that gives me time to do all sorts of things at home but there is still a bit of homework to do, but it only has to be turned in by Fridays 8 am in all classes. As long as you have a C or above in every class you only have to come two days a week and trust me it is worth it to keep up with your work, because it is hard to catch back up here.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
Virtual Academy is a great school for concurrent enrolled students. Many students here are also attending Oak Ridge and Ponderosa High School. Whether its due to a lack of credits or the utmost desire to progress faster through education, El Dorado Union High School District provides a safe, confident, and one-on-one environment for students to succeed and get all the help they need in order to graduate high school and be fully prepared for college. The convenient part about Virtual Academy is that the school's schedule consists of 4 classes per half-year, and each class completes both semesters during the half-year. This provides students who usually perform the block-schedule at Oak Ridge with the opportunity to attend Virtual Academy while concurrently attending their other school to get a class completely done within a block-schedule's semester's amount of time. This option for students is highly critical in their success.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
This is simply a school that I go to, I have no feelings of dedication or pride in it, which is the way I like it. There are not any rallies or any ridiculous school events here. While it is entirely possible for you to walk into a class room that is dead silent and ask Does anyone have a pen? and not one person will look at you, it is still better than being stuck in class all day with no intention to do anything or learn anything. The student council runs their system like an Iraqi election suddenly there is something that is new and they claim that you voted for it when in actuality there was no vote. The teachers here are nice to their students and the students are in turn nice to them as well. Overall it s a school for the antisocial and the people who don t really want to go to school because you can stay home a lot of the time and do your work there. -1 for mascot

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2015
I haven't been going to this school very long but it has already showed me that they want to do their best to point me in the right direction. Since I have been here my grades have't been very good. This is not the schools fault. It is from me not feeling as if I am ready. But I had one of the staff on my side and they pushed me and pushed me and I am now on track. I feel like I could accomplish anything now that I have the confidence. This school is completely student centered and they do their best to help.

- submitted by a student

February 27, 2015
The Virtual Academy excels in two main areas. The first is in our academic rigor. We are a small charter school where every student counts. The teachers have a working relationship with each student and it is our mission to help students reach their potential. We collaborate as a staff to have continuity across curricular areas and also to meet the learning needs of our students individually and as a whole. We are a college preparatory school. We are on a 4x4 block schedule that allows students to take eight classes each year. The block schedule closely mirrors the semester college schedule. Our school is student centered and our students show that in their behavior. We have a tolerant and easy going social culture here. Our students are kind, respectful and caring.

- submitted by a teacher

February 26, 2015
I love this school! My last school was really big and I felt lost. This school is small and everyone knows your name both students and staff. My classes are hard and challenging. The schedule is flexible and I feel like it really prepares you for college. All of the teachers are really nice and very helpful. You do have to be very motivated because you don t have some telling you to do your work all the time.

- submitted by a student

February 25, 2015
at first this school seemed really great for my child but after about a month the principal and some staff started becoming very rude to me and my son. The principal especially has some attitude problems and seems to only care about the school rating, not the students themselves. Another thing that is really bothersome is how long it takes some of the teachers to update the progress reports. I most definitely do not recommend this school to anybody who wants their child to be put in the right hands. I am pulling my son out.

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2014
I already made a post but I would like to add something. A lot has changes since 2008 and 2009 when most of these posts were added. and not for the better

- submitted by a student

September 23, 2012
I am writing this review as a parent of a past Shenandoah studet, now that I have watched several of these alum grow into young adults. This school touts individual and innovative learning to bring our youth into active and responsible, civic minded roles and to prepare them for the real world. The majority of these seemingly bright young people that we have observed, with few exception, have all dropped out of college/trade schools , some several, some are homeless, and quite a few have developed a taste for other than civic minded activities and real world experiences. Instead of instilling a spirit of empowerment, enabling would be a more appropriate way of describing the prevailing attitudes displayed by the majority of the alum I have observed. I would not send another of my children to this school and would be curious to see an Alum Hall of Fame and believe more parents should ask exactly what the five year past high school stats show, in terms of real life success, which is the real test of this and other "learning environments" such as this. A BIG D- to Shenandoah from this family!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2009
This school has terrific advisor support. Is this a school for everyone? No! This is a school for students that want to grow up and be ready for the real world and college. Math and science are offered online, as classes, or if a student really wants to get a jump on college, they can take ANY course at the community college, and graduate from high school with college AND high school credits. This school takes time for students to unlearn their current learning style, and learn a style that will take them through their entire life. It requires more time and support from parents and advisors, because students aren t sitting in a desk getting told what to do. Instead, they're learning through real life experiences, which sometimes seems like they re not learning at all. However, nothing could be further from the truth. This education is what you make of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 08, 2008
Students here have poor teacher support in core learning areas. Math and science (if taught at all) are offered via distance learning. Some students have success integrating various subjects to form a valuable knowledge base through their exhibitions (project presentations). But sadly, many others seem to procrastinate and end up wasting everyone's time with shallow, hurriedly-done projects. Unless you are very self-motivated, this will be a disaster for you.

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 25, 2008
My son is a freshman at Shenandoah and for the first time since elementary school has enjoyed school. I never thought I would hear the words 'I love school come' from his mouth I can only hope it remains the same for the next four years.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2008
I cannot express the gratitude I have for Shenandoah. I know I would have been a high school drop-out had it not been for this unique and positive program. My advisor encouraged me to chase after my passions and the independent project-based learning allowed me to grow and learn life lessons on my own. It s been amazing! I know what I want to do with my future and have made solid plans for college. I highly recommend this school for any student who is tired of sitting in a classroom and not taking action. Who want to learn what it s like to learn and work in real life. Who want to prepare for college and not take PE! (of course you ll have to make your own exercise plan, but at least you won t have to swim in front of everyone else). Thanks for reading my review. I hope it helped!

- submitted by a student

April 02, 2008
The 6 out of 10 rating above is based on traditional test score comparisons to California schools. Shenandoah is not 'traditional', so that scoring doesn t work. Our traditional success is shown through independent state reviews. Western Assoc. of Schools & Colleges reviewed Shenandoah for college accreditation, and Shenandoah got a glowing report. WASC was impressed with Shenandoah s success, and with what our students have learned, and how they re going to be successful life long learners, prepared for college. Shenandoah is one of the first California Certified Charter School s; and has had 100% of its students in 2007 pass the CAHSEE exam! Guided, independent learning; professional internships, so they know what they want to do as adults; and expectations for college; that s Shenandoah. I ve watched the students turn into amazing adults and have seen them blossom into remarkable human beings. One student at a time? Shenandoah High School really means it!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2008
Shenandoah is simply the most amazing school. My sons AP/G.A.T.E. knowledge has not been bound by a 'traditional box school' mentality. He's going to college (yes while in high school!), finding a professional interest through internships, and yet he's having an exceptionally positive high school experience. If you son or daughter has been bored with school, Shenandoah is the place for them, because it's their education, tailored to their interests. Oh, by the way, it's fully accredited, and colleges are already trying to recruit him!

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2008
My grandkids go here, and their growth while going to this school has been amazing. I have watched their presentations at school and only wish I had a school like this when I was a teen. The classmates are supportive and respectful, and the small atmosphere makes for a pleasant learning experience. I'm a great supporter of this school, because it's been a great supporter of my grandkids!

- submitted by a community member

February 29, 2008
I have been at Shenandoah for four years and with my graduation approaching I m proud to say I have gotten my education here at SHS. I have been here through some rough times and have felt that our school community has held strong for the most part. Two of the best parts of SHS are the internships we are allowed to have and the second is how close the school is/was, all of us students know each other and we can to talk each about anything are schools helps us take down those walls with social classes. If you are a parent and reading this SHS will help your child explore who they really are and you will see a big change in their educational goals. Thank you

- submitted by a student

February 29, 2008
I get to learn things I want to learn about.

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2008
Shenandoah (SHS) has changed my life! SHS is full of opportunities and open doors and any committed student can make it. Our school s atmosphere is friendly and open. We try to nurture teens to be independent and take on leadership roles, we encourage students to go to college and get ahead at their own pace, and we support individuality and freedom of speech. SHS may be a wonderful opportunity for students, but you also must take into consideration that our school is not for everybody. You need to be dedicated and self-motivated. For any lost students we offer supports like mentoring, tutoring, and project focus. Our teachers give 150% (and more!) and are extremely dedicated to students and improvement of the school. Our principal, Valerie Lott, is also an amazing woman who s given her all and continues to do so. Thanks for reading my review, have a fantastic day!

- submitted by a student

January 10, 2008
Simply, the best school experience my children could have had. I wish I had this school, when I went, I would have loved it like my kids do. How many times do your kids say they miss school when not there? These kids do. That says a lot!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 08, 2008
I am currently, a student attending Shenandoah High. I love it here the freedom is amazing and I can do what I love to do at the same time that it is school work. How amazing is that? Needless to say it is one of the best schools that I have ever been to. I love the way it works. I am currently, sitting at a desk at my internship at a wonderful place called the Hope House which is an orginization that dedicates itself to helping single mothers who want to improve their lifestyle. I want to become an Art Therapist so I love the fact that I can focus on improving the life of others through my job and council. . Parents, you'll love how involved you get to be.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 27, 2007
First off, this school is not for everyone. I recommend it to kids who have interests or a passion and would like to strongly pursue their passion. This school lets students explore all their options and interests providing many opportunities to succeed. It allows kids plenty of freedom to work on their projects following their own guidelines but to get an educational meaning out of it. But students also have to show responsibility to get their work done and that the work is high-quality. It also is very flexible and lets students work around their productive schedule. For example when juniors and seniors take college classes during school hours. This is something I extremely appreciate to have the opportunity to take college classes on my own time. But the downfalls of this school is that is does not offer any sport related activities such as soccer, football, basketball. So if a kid s passion involves sports maybe this isnt the right school for you unless he/she is signed up in a sport elsewhere. But the school does offer newspaper, drama, dance committee, book groups etc. Another thing it does not offer is big dances because the school is so tiny and therefore the school can t provide the classic dances like homecoming, winter ball and prom. Although the school offers these dances but there are so little people there that students might miss out on the classic high school experience (If you care about that kind of thing.) When I compare the regular high school I attended to Shenandoah, Shenandoah is by far way better. The reason is that I get to work on projects that Im interested in which opens me up to learning and learning new things. At regular high school I was bombarded with work, schedules, lectures, and too much structure which didn t teach me much. I like that each individual at this school has some kind of passion to look forward to, to drive them and know what is ahead. They have some idea of what they are going to do in life. I have explored many of my interests that have root caused to final meaning, wonder, and have educated me in ways that normal public high schools could not have done. I now have a clearer plan on what I want to do after high school. Overall this school teaches students how to be independent by taking on their own projects, and emphasizes on the personal qualities like maturity, responsibility, time-management, and independence. Ok I hope this has helped the reviewer.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 21, 2007
Shenandoah is an amazing school. I m a sophomore and I have to say it s the best school I ve attended. Shenandoah is not for everyone though, Shenandoah is for students who are willing to learn, in all of the other schools around here students aren t doing their work because they want to, students are doing their work to get by. At Shenandoah we get to work on our interests, we still do math, and science, and history, along with English, but most of our work is project based. We incorporate the learning goals, which I feel are more important than normal classes, Quantative Reasoning for instance is more important than math, QR is the ability to solve problems. Social Reasoning is more than history and covers a much broader scale than history does, its not just what happened, but what effect did it have on the world you live in, and what you do to make the world a better (Or sometimes worse) place. Shenandoah is also much more advanced than the other schools as far as I m concerned, the freedom in our schedule allows us to take collage classes and get internships, this prepares us much more for life after High school than constant testing ever could.

- submitted by a student

December 21, 2007
Shenandoah, I have had the best schooling experience I have ever had , I get to learn about things I care about, do projects I care about. In this school I don t sit at a desk all day I do other things like LTI s and book groups. We don t have classes we have to learn on our own time and learn how to manage that time. It is like the real world in so many ways. You get to peruse your interests, and to work with relevance than the work you are sat down at a desk and told to do. But we do have our normal classes such as math and English and science online. We have to present all the work we have done at an exhibition to a panel of peers and parents, just like in the real world. Those of us that don t do our work our quickly filtered out because this is not the school for them. You need a strong work ethic to go here this program is not for everyone but by no means dose this make it a bad school.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2007
This is a school where students can learn about the career that they want. Through their projects students incorperate science, math and hstory. Students here also learn through internships, they go out into the community and get to work and learn about their choosen career. Students that graduate from this school will know more about what they want to do and will be better prepared form the real world.

- submitted by a student

October 14, 2007
Shenandoah is an incredible school! I have gained so many personal skills and have experienced so many real-world situations that will certainly help me in the business world. This school has really helped me get a grasp on what I want to do when I graduate and how I can successfully obtain those goals. I highly reccomned this school to anyone who is up to the challenge. GO SHENANDOAH!

- submitted by a student

October 12, 2007
Although this school may not be for everyone but that does not mean that this school is for people with mental issues! This school does things that other schools can not do such as internships, 300 hours of community service, and three presentations every year no other school does this from here to Sacramento. This school is also about one stundent at a time and what the person want to learn about. This school is also has most of their stuff done on computers

- submitted by a student

September 14, 2007
I am a sophomore at Shenandoah high school. and I believe this school is the best school possible for my future. my favorite and I think the best thing is that you decide your own future and what you want to learn. I may not learn the exact thing the normal high schools learn at the same time. but I learn them in other ways then just sitting at a desk listening to somebody lecture and not care if you learn or not. here your teacher wants to know what you are learning and so do your peers and parents. parents are involved more here too. we have lots of things to do. but I think that this school is the best. I learn a different variety of things from make-up to Denmark to acting to genealogy to yearbook printing. a variety of things as you can see.

- submitted by a student

November 14, 2006
This school is for you and your student if 1.You want them to get real world experience at internships in the community. 2.You want your student to figure out what they want to do with the rest of their lives, before they go to college. 3.You want your student to be a life long learner. 4.Your student likes to work hard, and own what they work on, because it s their choice to excel. This school is not for you or your student if 1.Your student is not motivated. 2.You're looking for a traditional school with classes and stereotypical homework from a book. 3.You re expecting your student to bide their time, till they get their diploma with no effort. 4.You don t want to be involved. This school is what you make of it, just like life. The experience is wonderful. It shows students how to think for themselves and find out who they want to be. Our boys love this school!

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2006
I do not require shenandoah for your child. It is poorly designed and the teachers have bad methods. When my child attended (I recently pulled him out) He seemed to be failing most subjects. Although the school does have a great program for kids to get out into the community, Science and History are two subjects that were not taught at all.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2004
I attend SHS and I love it. It has a great learnign process based upon internships and projects. We do Exhibtions 3 times per school year which are oral presentations describing our work adn projects. We have 'advisories' instead of structured classes. We ave the same 18 calssmates and the same 'advisor' which is like a teacher for all four years. Our students attend Community College as a way to complete their AA before graduating. We are a big picture school www.bigpictureonline.org will tell you all about their philoshpy which is ONE STUDENT AT A TIME! Its a samll school enviroment with a maximum capacity of about 180 students. As of this school year we have a freshmen, sophmore, adn junior class and wil be adding an additional grade next year. I invite anyone to come tour our campus or to view an exhibition and to give the school a call

- submitted by a student

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Eduhsd Virtual Academy At Shenandoah
6540 Koki Lane, El Dorado, CA  95623
(530) 622-6212
Last modified Eduhsd Virtual Academy At Shenandoah is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Eduhsd Virtual Academy At Shenandoah Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 83 reviews. Top