Enrollment & Attendance FAQs
Who is eligible to attend Texas Virtual Academy?
If your children live in Texas, will be in grades 3–12 for the 2016–2017 school year, and qualify under the terms of participation for enrollment, they are most likely eligible to attend TXVA (depending on school capacity). For eligibility requirements and a detailed listing of the school districts we currently serve, as well as those pending approval, please visit our How to Enroll page.
How many of my children can attend Texas Virtual Academy?
Since TXVA provides all of the lesson plans, materials, and teacher support needed, you may find it easiest to enroll more than one of your children at TXVA.
How much does it cost to attend Texas Virtual Academy?
As a virtual public charter school of ResponsiveEd® in partnership with K12, there is no tuition. TXVA provides students all instructional materials for the program. Students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials.
What is the attendance policy?
Students are required to log 1,260 hours of attendance during a complete school year; this equates to an average of 35 hours per week.
While enrolled, students must be actively participating in instruction and completing course assignments in all courses in order to be considered in attendance. Students are expected to work an average of five days per week for an average of seven hours per day to successfully complete coursework and advance in the curriculum.
Students who are identified as needing additional support in order to be successful in coursework or on state assessments will be required to attend teacher-led small group instruction.
Students who do not actively participate in coursework will be reported as truant as required by the compulsory attendance laws for public schools in the state of Texas.
Is the program available to children without a permanent address?
The McKinney Act of 1987, or P.L. 100-77, ensures that each child of a homeless individual, and each homeless youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth. The act has been amended and is currently called the McKinney-Vento Act. Under the Act, schools are prohibited from delaying a homeless child’s entry into school due to delays in obtaining school records. Rules regarding guardianship must be waived for homeless students living with foster parents or relatives other than their legal guardians. Individuals who would be considered McKinney-Vento students would be in housing temporarily and due to hardship, the housing is substandard or considered inadequate or a student is not living with a parent or guardian.
TXVA can offer school supplies and other additional services to qualifying homeless youth. Determinations of qualifying students are made on a case-by-case basis.
Parents/students may contact the TXVA Administrative Office at 972.420.1404 with any questions. If you feel you may be eligible for services please call the TXVA Administrative Office at 972.420.1404.
Can I take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. If a student skips a day during the week, he or she will be marked absent and must make up the time at a later date. When possible, vacation days should align with the academic calendar. Vacation time not a part of the academic calendar must be approved by a teacher and should not interfere with state testing and required assessments.
Parents can apply for “Educational Leaves of Absence” during the school year. Requests must be submitted to the Head of School ten days prior to the absence. Leave will be approved based on consistent student progress and attendance. No educational leave will be granted in any of the testing windows for state mandated testing.