Enrollment & Attendance FAQs
Who is eligible to attend Texas Virtual Academy?
If your children live in Texas, will be in grades 6–12 for the 2017–2018 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 the lesson plans, educational materials, and teacher support, 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 the educational materials for the program. Students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials.
What is the attendance policy?
TXVA is a public school and its students are required to comply with Texas attendance requirements. As such students are required to log 1,260 hours of attendance during a complete school year; this equates to an average of 37.5 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 and a half 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?
TXVA provides McKinney-Vento/Homeless assistance and supports for eligible families who meet the definition as defined below including school supplies and other additional services.If you feel you may be eligible for assistance through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please contact Kathy Martin at 972.420.1404 or email@example.com
According to section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(2)), the term “homeless children and youths”—
(A) means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence...; and
(i) children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
(ii) children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
(iii) children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
(iv) migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).
Children and youth are considered homeless if they fit both part A and any one of the subparts of part B of the definition above.
If you have or know of a child who could benefit from such a program, please contact Texas Virtual Academy’s Mckinney Vento Liasion Kathy Martin at 972.420.1404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.