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Frequently Asked Questions

Courses

What is the role of the parent in online learning?

How does a student or parent communicate with the teacher?

How is homework submitted?

How are tests taken?

How many hours a week should a student work on the course?

How are grades and credits reported at the end of the course?

May my student repeat a course that was previously completed with a grade of 70 or higher?

May my student repeat a course to replace a grade?

May my student enroll in a CVA class after graduation?

Are accommodations made for Special Education students?

Do CVA courses meet NCAA eligibility requirements?

Enrollment

What is the cost of taking a Cobb Virtual Academy course?

How many courses can students take during the school year?

Can my student graduate from Cobb Virtual Academy?

Who can benefit from Cobb Virtual Academy?

Is there a limit to the number of students in a Cobb Virtual Academy course?

If a student drops a Cobb Virtual Academy course, is there a refund for the registration fee?

Can Non-Cobb School District Students enroll in Cobb Virtual Academy?

Technical

What are the Technical Requirements?

How much technical background is required?


What is the role of the parent in online learning?

The parent(s) should consult with the student’s guidance counselor to determine if an online course is a good alternative to traditional learning.

Parents should assist the student by encouraging active participation in the course, completing assignments in a timely manner, and monitoring progress.

Parents with valid email addresses will be assigned a CVA observer account.  Observer accounts will allow parents to review course requirements, including assignment due dates and  view their student's gradebook in order to monitor progress in the online course.  Observer user names and passwords will be sent to the  parent email account entered at registration within 5 days of the last orientation session.

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How does a student or parent communicate with the teacher?

All Cobb Virtual Academy teachers are available to talk to students or parents via email or telephone. The Cobb Virtual Academy Coordinator maintains contact with someone at the student’s school and/or a parent to provide updates on progress and discuss appropriate support and encouragement if a student appears to be falling behind.

Students may also talk to their instructor by using the Wimba Classroom communication tool in Blackboard.

Blackboard blind copies all email. Your email provider MUST ACCEPT 

blind copies or attachments or you will be unable to receive communications from CVA. You must also confirm that your Internet Service Provider or computer does not block emails from Cobb Virtual Academy (cobbvirtualacademy@cobbk12.org ) or your teacher.


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How is course work submitted?

Students MUST submit all course work electronically through Blackboard, Cobb's Learning Management System.  Cobb Virtual Academy will not accept any work not submitted through the course.  Students will need to know how to save files to a disk or hard drive in order to complete this process. Students should maintain a copy of all homework on their personal computer.  No course work will be accepted after the Final Exam or End of Course Test is administered.

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How are tests taken?

Quizzes/tests are taken online and automatically recorded in the gradebook so the student is aware of progress within the course.  Testing dates and locations are available on the CVA website.  All End of Course tests are proctored in a face-to-face setting.  Students must bring proof of identification (driver's license, student identification card or yearbook) to be admitted to the testing session.  There are NO makeup dates for EOCT/Final Exams.

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How many hours a week should a student work on the course?

Cobb Virtual Academy students are expected to attend and participate in their online education courses as fully as they would attend and participate in a traditional classroom course.

During the fall and spring terms, students are required to login and perform work in their online education courses at least 4– 5 times a week, dispersed throughout the week, for approximately 5 – 10 hours a week for a .5 unit course(.5 Unit course) and 10-15 hours a week for a 1.0 unit semester course during Fall and Spring terms. 

During the shortened summer term, students should participate productively in the course daily.  Summer term courses require 15-20 hours a week for a .5 unit course and 30-40 hours a week for a 1.0 unit course.

Attendance is measured by contributions made through communication: discussion thread, emails, and through the submission of assignments, projects, and tests. Each time a student enters a Cobb Virtual Academy course, participation will be automatically recorded and the length of time in each area is noted.

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May my student repeat a course that was previously completed with a grade of 70 or higher?

No, state and district administrative rules do not allow students to repeat a course that was previously passed or to replace grades or credits for courses already successfully completed.  A student may only repeat a course in which a grade of F was received. 

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May my student repeat a course to replace a grade?

No, state and district administrative rules do not allow students to repeat a course that was previously passed or to replace grades or credits for courses already successfully completed.  A student may only repeat a course in which a grade of F was received.  Both grades (the failing and passing grade) must be recorded on the cumulative record and calculated in the grade point average.

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May my student enroll in a CVA class after graduation?

No, students who have graduated are not eligible to enroll in the Cobb Virtual Academy


Are accommodations made for Special Education students?

Cobb Virtual Academy (CVA) provides accommodations for students with a current IEP or 504 Plan. To have accommodations implemented in an online class, CVA must receive a current copy of the student's Accommodations page (must include both Supportive Aids and Services and Assessment Participation) each semester the student enrolls in a CVA class. The Accommodations page will be reviewed and modifications that are applicable to the online environment will be implemented.

Special Education documentation may be sent electronically to CobbVirtualAcademy@cobbk12.org , faxed by the student's school to (678) 594-8941, or sent via County mail.


Do CVA courses meet NCAA eligibility requirements?

Cobb Virtual Academy courses are certified by the NCAA, the primary governing body of intercollegiate athletics.  College-bound student athletes are able to complete academic core courses through the Cobb Virtual Academy that meet eligibility requirements to play in NCAA Division I and Division II athletic programs.

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How are grades and credits reported at the end of the course?

Cobb Virtual Academy grades for Cobb County School District (CCSD) students are entered into the student information system. Cobb Virtual Academy grades will be reported on the local school transcript.

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What is the cost of taking an online course?

Tuition for Cobb County School District students is $275 for a .5 unit course and $550 for a 1.0 unit course.

Cobb Virtual Academy ONLY accepts payment by money order, credit card, or electronic fund transfer (electronic check). We do not accept cash or personal checks. Tuition does not have to be paid at registration but payment must be received within 5 calendar days of registration or by the end of online registration, whichever is earlier. If appropriate payment is not received by the deadline, students may be dropped from their course in order to accommodate other students.

 

Credit Card and Electronic Funds Transfer: At the end of the registration process, you will be given an opportunity to pay the Cobb Virtual Academy Tuition by credit card or electronic funds transfer (electronic check). Note: The credit card/electronic funds transfer payment option includes a $12 non-refundable enrollment convenience fee (paid to the credit card processor, FACTS) in addition to the tuition fee. The credit card or bank statement payments should read as "Facts Tuition payment" or "ACS Tuition payment".

 

Money Order Payments: Money orders should be made payable to Cobb County School District and must be sent to Cobb Virtual Academy, 1560 Joyner Ave. Marietta, GA 30060.

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How many courses can students take?

Tuition students may take up to 1.0 unit of courses per term (fall, spring, and summer) in addition to their regular school day schedule.  This may be comprised of two .5 credit courses or one 1.0 (block) credit course.

Cobb County School District students enrolled in Cobb Virtual Academy may take up to 4 segments (2.0 units) as part of their state-reported school schedule (FTE) during the regular school year.  Students attending a school with a traditional schedule would be able to take up to 4 periods a day online.  Students attending a school with a block schedule would be able to take up to 2 block classes a day online.  Students may enroll in A, B, or Y segments as needed.

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Can my student graduate from Cobb Virtual Academy?

Cobb Virtual Academy is not a traditional school that grants credits and graduates students. Cobb Virtual Academy courses are treated like courses offered at each local school; therefore, students must be enrolled in a Cobb County School District school in order to participate. Students who withdraw from the Cobb County School District  will be withdrawn from Cobb Virtual Academy without a refund.


 

Who can benefit from Cobb Virtual Academy?

Cobb Virtual Academy courses are designed to meet the needs of a variety of Cobb County School District students including:

  • Students who wish to participate in band, chorus, orchestra, and art classes
  • Students who wish to take a second foreign language or participate in a foreign exchange program
  • Students who wish to participate in additional magnet opportunities
  • Students who wish to participate in joint enrollment opportunities or earn a Dual Diploma
  • Students who wish to participate in internships/apprenticeships
  • Students who have scheduling conflicts
  • Hospital/Homebound students
  • Credit recovery students

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Is there a limit to the number of students in a Cobb Virtual Academy course?

Class size is limited to 20 - 25 students, depending on the course. Cobb Virtual Academy courses are based on a classroom model and differ in many ways from independent study courses. Each section has a single teacher for the duration of the course. In addition to teacher-to-student interaction, Cobb Virtual Academy emphasizes student-to-student interaction.

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If a tuition student drops a Cobb Virtual Academy course, is there a refund for the registration fee?

Personal Fitness

Cobb Virtual Academy will allow withdrawals, less a $75 registration fee, through noon on the Friday prior to the first mandatory Pre-Fitness session.  (See website for Pre-Fitness session dates.) After that point, refunds will not be given for student withdrawals.

 

Other Cobb Virtual Academy Courses

Cobb Virtual Academy will allow withdrawals, less a $75 registration fee, through noon on the business day prior to the first day of class for all courses except Personal Fitness . After that point, refunds will not be given for student withdrawals.

 

Withdrawals After the Start of CVA Session

No refunds are provided to students who are failing or are in danger of failing. Tuition students may withdraw without the course grade being posted to their student transcript until a pre-determined date prior to the final exams. Withdrawal dates are posted to the CVA website and are included in deficiency notices. Withdrawals are not official until the Withdrawal Form (Word, PDF) and all textbooks, Polar Equipment, and/or supplemental resources are returned or the replacement cost is paid. All textbooks and supplemental materials must be returned to the school they were distributed from by the designated date/time. FTE students (students who take the course as part of their state- reported in school schedule) may not withdraw from Cobb Virtual Academy.

 

Technical Issues

Cobb Virtual Academy cannot be held responsible for problems with student's home computer, Internet Service Provider, or software. NO REFUNDS are provided for technology problems that are the responsibility of registrant.

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Can Non-Cobb School District Students enroll in Cobb Virtual Academy?

No. Cobb Virtual Academy only serves students enrolled in the Cobb County School District.  Students who withdraw from the Cobb County School District  will be withdrawn from Cobb Virtual Academy without a refund.

The 2005 Georgia Legislature established the Georgia Virtual School. This school, run by the Georgia Department of Education, will serve all students in Georgia. More information about the Georgia Virtual School is available at www.gavirtualschool.org

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What are the technical requirements?

Technical Requirements for Online Students

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How much technical background is required?

Students need basic computer skills like “copy and paste”, “create and save” a file, familiarity with a word processing program like Word or Works, and keyboarding skills. Students are also expected to know the procedures for sending/receiving e-mail, including e-mail with attached files.

In brief, students should be sufficiently knowledgeable to be able to use their own word processing program, e-mail and WWW software; be able to install new software; be able to understand and follow basic directions that use common computer terminology; and be able to do some basic trouble shooting when a problem arises (perhaps with local help, or with help from other sources via the telephone).

A new online student does not have to be a computer expert, but they should not be a novice. Those who are in the least bit unsure of their abilities as outlined above would be well advised to find a local source of assistance to help them review the computer functions listed above.

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