Frequently Asked Questions

What is Envision Virtual Academy?

Envision Virtual Academy is a public school option for MCPSS students grades 9-12 that provides an alternative to the traditional school setting. Students take their courses online and complete their classwork anytime and anywhere.

How much does Envision cost?

Envision has a $25 enrollment fee. If students are enrolled in Advance Placement courses, they will need to purchase their online textbooks. 

Why choose Envision Virtual Academy?

We empower learning anytime, anywhere while providing a curriculum that engages students with various instructional strategies. In addition, we provide individual attention and extra help when your child needs it. We provide flexibility for your child to achieve his or her goals with a non-traditional education that facilitates 21st century learning skills.

What are the advantages of a virtual school?

Envision offers some of the same courses that are taken at the traditional high school but with the following advantages:

  • A more flexible school learning schedule for students
  • The freedom and flexibility of no set class schedule while taking classes when and where they want
  • More individual attention and a more personalized education
  • Being able to pursue their interests in extracurricular activities such as band, chorus, ROTC, etc.

What Are The Admission Requirements?

Students who are interested in enrolling in the Envision Virtual Academy must be self-motivated, independent learners. Students must meet the following prerequisites:

  • The student must be in grades 9-12.
  • The student should be at or above grade level for reading and math based on the results of the Scantron Reading and Math Assessment. 
  • The student must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
  • The student must have acceptable attendance and discipline.
  • The student must be at his or her appropriate grade level based on the student's cohort year.
  • The student must have a desktop or laptop computer and consistent, daily access to the internet.
  • The student must have consistent transportation to Envision Virtual Academy for testing and lab days.
  • The student must have an adult to serve as his or her learning coach.
  • The student must have been enrolled in public, private, or homeschool the quarter or semester prior to submitting an application.
  • The student and learning coach must complete the Orientation Class (1-2 hours) prior to being accepted into Envision Virtual Academy.

How does Envision work? 

Students will be required to have a desktop or laptop computer and internet access.Students will work independently on online lessons, projects, and assignments at a time and place that is best suited for them. They will report to the Envision Curriculum Lab at least once a week for test and exams.

Who Would Benefit from Envision Virtual Academy?

      Any student in grades 9-12. It is most beneficial for academically gifted students, home schoolers, or aspiring professional dancers,                                    athletes, or artists who must train/practice during the day.

What Learning Management Systems Are Used?

Envision uses ACCESS Distance Learning and Connexus. ACCESS Distance Learning is a program administered by the Alabama State Department of Education. ACCESS uses a variety of instructional tools for learning and is taught by a certified teacher. Connexus is an online learning management system that uses modules and quizzes to deliver instruction and access students.

How is attendance taken?

Envision follows the MCPSS attendance policy and procedures. Attendance in online courses is based on active participation in the learning management system. Students must "attend" school daily by logging into the courses everyday and successfully completing and submitting assignments, participating in course activities, and communicating with online teachers. If a student is assigned to Academic Monitoring, he or she will be required to complete mandatory lab days for face-to-face attendance. If students miss school days, rather online or mandatory lab days, parents can provide notes to excuse any missed online or mandatory lab days.