This is not a virtual school, there are no interactive online lessons. They send you 30+ huge textbooks and teacher guides and tell you to spend all day every day reading, presenting lessons, having your kid(s) do horrific amounts of paperwork, and you lecture and grade assignments. If you want that, just keep the kid in traditional public school, there is no difference, only you are the constant teacher and are not being paid with your tax dollars to do it.
This is a scam. The company makes money from the government for every student who enrolls, but they do not offer any form of virtual lessons or actual teaching. They send you about 10 large boxes of poor quality, very tedious and unhelpful textbooks and lesson notes, and then you are completely on your own. A parent must spend 8+ hours a day doing all the work of a brick-and-mortar teacher. NVVA "teachers" (loose term - they do no teaching) never respond to phone or email msgs in a timely manner. The company just wants their money then for you to do it all on your own. You're better off buying some basic homeschooling books - the material is bound to be better than the copious dribble NVVA sends out.
This is my first year in a virtual academy i moved from California to Las Vegas and tried a high school nearby but it was a totally different vibe than Cali. So i decided to try NVVA. My first impression of it was great until i would e-mail my teachers and they wouldn't get back to me after a couple days when i needed help. Another downfall about NVVA is that there system is always updating making it difficult to login. And costumer service is the worse, they are rude and are never a help basically bad service. Probably my first and last year of a virtual academy.
EXCELLENT PROGRAM! My 5th grade daughter is doing great at NVVA! Her teacher is amazing and ALWAYS gets back to us right away with e-mails and phone calls. I attend an online school as well, as I am working toward my bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8. If you are a parent... You must realize that you will be spending 4-6 hours per day teaching your children if your child is in elementary school. You are supplied with all of the materials to "teach" your child... Even word for word direction if needed. If you are a single parent and/or work full-time, this school probably isn't for you. If you want to be 100% active in your child's learning and have the time for NVVA... It is an AMAZING school! My daughter's education is number one...And as far as I'm concerned... Having only one working parent in our household and making less money is well worth making sure my daughter gets the best education possible. WE LOVE NVVA:)
I have found that a lot of parents are not taking the time and working with the child, I have some in my family, this is something that you as the parent need to give 6 hours to like the regular class room experience. People put thier child in front of the computer and walk away, a child needs a desk and somewhere to store their information to go back to the next day just like real school, they need to go to the outing's just like you do dogs at the park they need to be socialized learn to play with other kids. Yes its a mistake if you think you can enroll them and say its 8:00 AM get on the computer, you need to sit and listen pop in and out making sure the work is being done and at the end ask questions making sure they are understanding what was presented for that day.. I would say think before you leap, your only hurting the child and if they were havng a hard time in school its gonna be harder in the real world.
I read all of these reviews and was very hesitant to put my kid in NVVA, but I did. I put my 2nd grade in NVVA because he was struggling in public school, if your put in the time and don't work with your kid. Don t put your child in this program. But if you have the time and want your kid to advance in his skills, NVVA is a great school! Very good staff and all around very helpful.
After many failed attempts to work with our local school to get my gifted son the education he deserved , we enrolled him in NVVA, with great results. He is now able to work at his own accelerated pace, not waiting on everyone else to move. He is engaged daily in different learning styles, and we have the support of the school and teachers in his academic career. I only wish we had found the school sooner.
This school was amazing. The only reason my youngest child is no longer with them is the socialization she needed. Yes when your child is below 5th grade you must be a little more active in the role as a educational coach but I had two kids in this schoo,l one 17 and one 9. The high schooler I had a very minimal role in her schooling as the teachers did all of it! If the school system here fails my daughter again we WILL be back :).
This school is not interested in teaching students. The only thing they are interested in is making sure that the students take the state tests so the school can continue to get funded. Staff are very difficult to get in contact with and rude.
Well I am a student currently going to NVA and I am in high school, 11 grade. I love the fact that i can work at my own pace. Now I noticed that a lot of people are hating on this school. Why? That makes no sense, if you are a parent BEFORE you sign your child up you should know that yes you have to work. You will have to monitor your child(ren) because it is similar to home school. Even if you think that "Oh my kid(s) can handle it, they are smart" they STILL need your help no matter how old they are. As a parent you have to make a commitment to, even in "Regular school " you should be involved. I love NVA it is way better than most online schools and I find it easier to talk to teachers online to. My sister is also in it (3rd grade) but it doesn't work for her because she is far to social and that is okay. But before you enroll know what is going to happen and how online school work. Oh yea and the part about no good teach, NO NO YOU TAKE THAT BACK! - Written by a caring student <3
I don t recommend NVA even though I highly recommend K12. You can purchase the K12 curriculum from the K12.com site through its K12 independent program. My husband and I were so unimpressed by the NVA administrative staff and their rude, arrogant and incompetent Principal, that we decided to withdraw our child and buy the K12 curriculum independently. If K12 were smart they d get rid of NVA and find some other organization to represent them in Nevada.
any negativity toward Nevada Virtual Academy is because parents do not know how to coach or parent their own child. Weather they are single and working the academy offers an academic environment suited towards older children from 7th grade up. when children can be more responsible. If your child can not be responsible by 7th grade then maybe a strict or military schooling is what the child needs as well as the parent. The academys first question to you as a parent is can you be a responsible coach and or leader to a child. If you say no, then you should opt out as parent and should not of every have had a child. In fact you are probably the child who left their child with their parents, the grandparents, who should be enjoying the children not parenting them. So think before you answer questions about NVA. Thank you
I would have to give this school 2 thumbs down. I made the mistake of enrolling my son and it has been a nightmare ever since. The school has attacked me personally because I am a single mom who works, when I asked for help. They ignored my requests for months, then said if I didn't like it I could take my son and go. This school is a big mistake!
Please be careful if thinking about NVA. They do not tell the parents the honest truth, which is, you will be responsible 100% for teaching your student. They do not offer support to the students as well as the parents. When asking for help (2 years), I finally got a nasty letter from the principle, one of those I am smarter than you and you don't know what you are talking about kind, and I am done. The school is collecting the funding for the students, but are unwilling to take on the responsibility of actually teaching the kids. BEWARE! Oh, my son is doing worse academically, and has asked to go back to a 'real school', where he will have a teacher. I am ashamed and guilt ridden that I could not spend the time on my sons academia, but then again I am not a certified teacher.
My child attended NVVA last year. After careful consideration, I withdrew her. I found the disorganization caused me a lot of administrative headaches which were not worth the access to a free curriculum. The teacher was not very supportive at all. I was especially upset with the poor support with regards to prepartion for the Nevada CRT testing. I noticed the school is currently on the state watch list. I can understand why this would happen. The learning coacghes, ie. the parents - not the teachers -are given too much work and repsonsibility.
I love Nevada Virtual Academy beause Administration and Teachers care so deeply about students success, and becasue we have supportive and involved parents that make a difference every day!
My Daughter is in Grade 8 and really likes NVVA. She is motivated by the curriculum and likes doing the work at her pace. She always has been a night owl and this works for her. Her grades are pretty good .
I love Nevada Virtual Academy because we have they ave a very diverse group of students from every county in Nevada. The teachers are outstanding and the online curriculum is second to none.
NVVA has the most cutting edge concept to education. It gives the power of educating children to their parents with the support of highly qualifed teachers. It's public school in the home.
The best thing I have seen in education. It let's the special education student move at their own pace without having to feel pressure from the rest of the students. It allows gifted students to move along 2-3 years in course curriculum in one year if motivated. Incredible staff and brand new principals for the 09/10 year that are the best I have ever worked for. The parents really have to be involved with their child's education, which I saw sorely lacking in many brick & mortar schools I taught at. Best staff I have worked with also! I will not return to a brick & mortar again. Plus, we have field trips every month, which most schools can't afford.
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