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Nevada Virtual Academy5
Posted August 08, 2014
- a parent
I love this school. My son is about to start fifth grade, his third year, at NVVA. The field trips during the school year are organized by the teachers,and there is one every month. At least for fourth grade there was one every month. The school district here in Vegas has placed 50th for the past three years and I know for a fact that they do not have the resources to teach the students anything close to what k12 curriculum offers. I know the time the students have to put into the lessons can be overwhelming and challenging, but I would prefer that for my son over going to a school that can't provide a curriculum with high expectations. I have always encountered encouraging teachers and staff always willing to help in any way they can.
This school is not good. There was a bullying incident where the Staff and Faculty did nothing about it. THERE ARE A LOT OF DRUGS THERE!!If you do not want your child to become involved with the wrong crowd and hate bullying, I do not recommend sending your child there.
The Nevada Virtual Academy is currently attempting to phase out their Foundations courses that are taught by special education teachers for special needs students, who need extra support. The school is becoming extremely academic focused and is losing sight of the fact that these heightened expectations, while beneficial in the long run must be effectively and smoothly transitioned to students. There are a number of very effective measures that have been instituted, including but not limited to face to face tutoring and more CRT/HSPE preparation available in live tutoring setting and virtual. It is my impression from working with Nevada Virtual Academy, that despite taking full federal and state grant funded programs that its administration and school board are very private in their practices. It is my belief that a public charter school should be open to public board meetings, where parents and teachers are invited monthly. One of the challenges that many failing students will face next year is the inability to return. It is with great hope that these students who view Nevada Virtual Academy as their best chance of graduation are seen as much more than just a number.
This used to be my daughter's school. We were satisfied and even encouraged another student to join. Now I regret recommending the school. I am a math teacher tutoring this friend's daughter and NVVA changed the math curriculum at mid-year with no explanation or support. This student went from an A in prealgebra to an F. And I can see why. The Edgenuity videos are tedious and boring. And they don't adequately explain what she sees on tests and quizzes. And the teachers are struggling too. NVVA's response is they are stuck with it for the rest of this semester. So they are willing to toss out this student's past success for a bad contract and program! I am disgusted and will be telling everyone I know about these issues! If you want your prealgebra student to learn then do NOT sign up for NVVA or Edgenuity!
Totally agree with this parent's review: "Terrible teachers not supportive or organized dishonest practices administration not reliable also rude as also staff over low budget mentality mixed with unprofessional mannerisms " Submitted by a parent
terrible teachers dishonest practices administration clearly out of loop rude and uninterested in solving issues Unqualied staff not a accredited school petty attitudes mixed with a low quality mannerisms No virtual lessons
Love this school! The middle school special Ed teachers a great. Real caring! My child is a few years behind but I love he gets time with just his teacher and his classes are at his level. He felt stupid in regular school here his teacher works with him and a few other kids! She always responds to our questions!!
My school is amazing I thought it would be super hard to leave public school but this is the best. I have enjoyed it doing my classes ,going on field trips regularly, doing live class connect sessions with my whole class and teacher!!! It is all so much fun and there's are contest mobile app contest it's super fun to do it all! I am so glad I chose online school and Nevada Virtual Academy in general! Thank you to whoever thought about online school thank you soooo much!!! And thanks to most Mrs.Albrecht and my learning coach... I'm loving the 5th grade!!!
The entire reason we went for this curriculum with our son is because we needed flexibility. Our son is 5. We knew homeschooling him would limit his social activities but I was going to take him for story time at our library each Wednesday and field trips with the homeschool group on base. I can't do that because of these class connect sessions. They are pointless and time consuming. There is no flexibility to this program. The class connect sessions are during most days of the week, they are required. If I'm teaching him the school curriculum for 4-6 hours a day, I can see no reason why we should have to sit down and do these class connect sessions, especially when they interfere with our days. He's five years old, at regular public schools they spend 2.5 hours there, they get social time and then they spend an hour on homework. He spends 6 hours a day doing work and gets no social time during the week. Also, the math is all over the place. Most days it's shapes, which he's an expert on but on other days it's "count to 100 by tens." I hate this program.