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Virtual High School Frequently Asked Questions:

What is New River Community College Virtual High School?

Virtual High School, which offers freedom from the traditional high school time and space, is an online high school completion program at New River Community College. Virtual High School courses, which are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, are set up on a Wiki in an asynchronous mode (any time, any place) and offer more individualized, interactive, and self-paced instruction. Students explore and select a career path and have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma as well as with a certificate, diploma, or degree from New River Community College.

How do I know if I am eligible for the program?

This program is for individuals who are several credits from graduating from high school. Applicants must be 18 or older unless they are granted permission from their school system. Official transcripts are also necessary for graduation.

Who are appropriate Virtual High School Students?

Virtual High School can be appropriate for a wide array of students from both ends of the achievement spectrum. Virtual High School, however, is not for everyone. Students with limited English proficiency, visual impairment, severe or multiple disabilities, and motivation problems with limited adult supervision often face difficulties and most likely will not be successful in Virtual High School.

How do I apply for admittance into the program?

Go to the “How to Get Started” page and first take the Candidate Quiz to see if on-line learning is right for you. If you determine that you can be successful in on-line learning, click on the link for the application. You can download a PDF version and fill it out and mail in to us. If you have been previously in a public high school, you must have official transcripts mailed to New River Community College, Office of Transitional Programs in care of Jenny Bolte.

What types of courses are in the program?

Depending on the type of diploma and your age, the number of courses and credits required for graduation vary. Once your official transcript has been analyzed and approved, you will be informed about the requirements you need to meet to graduate.

Do I pay tuition?

Yes. Tuition is $50 per course. Financial assistance is available for individuals who need to make payments or who wish to apply for a scholarship.

Do I have time limits to finish courses?

Yes. As a VHS student, you will be working with online content. You have up until the end of June to complete courses. Instructors will help you keep a good pace so you can finish the program within the acceptable time limits.

Will I receive a grade and transcript for my courses?

Yes. Each VHS course is graded and the transcript comes from New River Community College Workforce Development. You must satisfactorily complete each unit before moving on to the next unit in each course. You can re-do lessons upon receiving permission to attain a higher grade.

What if I run into a problem?

If you have any problems, the Middle College staff is here to help! If you have questions, comments, or concerns, we ask that you to get in touch with us so we can assist you on your path to academic success.

Do I have to buy books?

You will not need to buy books for VHS courses. However, you will need to purchase books for elective NRCC classes.

Will I have opportunities to socialize with other students?

Yes. You and all of the other high school completion students will have opportunities to get together, participate in academic competitions, and work together in project-based learning activities.

What do I do when I finish a course?

You and the program’s counselor will fill out the proper paperwork after you finish a course. You can track your course completions on your online portfolio.

Who are the staff I’ll be working with?

The program consists of a director, instructors, and mentors. All staff work together to help you find success in the program.

Do I have to take SOL tests?

Yes. You will have to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in order to meet the requirements for graduation if your graduation year was after 2004. Otherwise, you must take the General Educational Development tests as your standardize assessment to show mastery of the courses.

What requirements do I have to meet to graduate?

You must complete all of the courses that were determined you needed for graduation. The program’s director will make sure you meet the requirements for graduation. Commencement ceremonies are held yearly in June at New River Community College.

Will I get a diploma?

Yes! You’ll be issued a diploma by one of the participating public schools in the New River Valley.
If you have any questions that are not addressed in the above, please contact:

Jenny Bolte
540-674-3645
jbolte@nr.edu

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