Virtual Education

  • Alternate Routes to Course/Credit Completion in Fauquier County Public Schools

    Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) believes that the optimum learning environment is face-to-face instruction between the student and a qualified, effective teacher. Face-to-face instruction more ably ensures that students’ varied learning needs are met and that their motivation to learn and engagement in the content are enhanced by a sense of belonging, encouragement, and accomplishment. Further, the completion of face-to-face coursework offers opportunities for on-going intellectual discourse that virtual environments may not provide. Blended instruction, a combination of face-to-face and virtual instruction, is another condition where these learning benefits might also be present.

    Some conditions exist, however, which may limit a student’s access to any face-to-face instruction and to the array of programs offered to the majority of FCPS students. When this occurs, FCPS offers the following virtual options for its students.

    Students Enrolled in Southeastern Alternative School (SAS) (Grades 7-12)

    Virtual Program Offered: Edgenuity

    These are content-driven online courses where students may enroll in the program at any time for completion.

    Student Eligibility: open only to students placed by the Superintendent or School Board in the SAS Re-Focus afternoon program

    Cost: free to eligible students

    Virtual Program Offered: Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS)

    This is an instructor-driven virtual program offering an array of courses; students may enroll in these programs only at designated enrollment periods. Instructors are “live” in that assignments are graded and discussion among class members is monitored. Student access to the teacher is given synchronously and asynchronously.  Only courses taught by a Virginia Certified teacher and approved by Fauquier County Public Schools Department of Instruction are open for enrollment.

    Student Eligibility: open only to students who apply to and are accepted into SAS’ s alterative learning day program. The SAS program is a project-based learning environment which offers most core content classes in a face-to-face environment; virtual courses are typically limited to elective course options.

    Cost: free to eligible students

    Students Enrolled in a FCPS High School (Fauquier, Liberty, or Kettle Run)

    Virtual Program Offered: Virtual Virginia

    This is an instructor-driven virtual program offering an array of AP and foreign language courses; students may enroll in these programs only at designated enrollment periods. Instructors are “live” in that assignments are graded and discussion among class members is monitored. Student access to the teacher is given synchronously and asynchronously.

    Student Eligibility: Students may enroll in a Virtual Virginia course if

    (1) it (or its equivalent) is not offered in the FCPS Program of Studies, or if it is not offered by their school because of low enrollment in a course for that school year.

    (2) they are seniors or second term juniors who are unable to take the course because of a legitimate course conflict, scheduling resolution, or extenuating circumstances. The student’s guidance counselor may also determine the legitimacy of a course conflict based on the student’s post-graduate plans.

    Cost: free to eligible students during the school year

    Virtual Program Offered: Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS)

    This is an instructor-driven virtual program offering an array of courses; students may enroll in these programs only at designated enrollment periods. Instructors are “live” in that assignments are graded and discussion among class members is monitored. Student access to the teacher is given synchronously and asynchronously.  Only courses taught by a Virginia Certified teacher and approved by Fauquier County Public Schools Department of Instruction are open for enrollment.

    Student Eligibility: Students may enroll in VHS if

    (1) it (or its equivalent) is not offered in the FCPS Program of Studies, or if it is not offered by their school because of low enrollment in a course for that school year.

    (2) they are seniors or second term juniors who are unable to take the course because of a legitimate course conflict, scheduling resolution, or extenuating circumstances. The student’s guidance counselor may also determine the legitimacy of a course conflict based on the student’s post-graduate plans.

    Cost: free to eligible students during the school year

    Students interested in these options should consult with the guidance director at each high school.

    Students on Homebound

    Virtual Program Offered: APEX

    These are content-driven online courses where students may enroll in the program at any time for completion.

    Student Eligibility: approved Homebound student status

    Cost: free for eligible students

  • For more information about virtual programs, contact your school's guidance department:

    Fauquier High School Guidance

    540-422-7307

    Kettle Run High School Guidance

    540-422-7348

    Liberty High School Guidance

    540-422-7367

     

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