Collierville Virtual Academy FAQs
What is the Collierville Virtual Academy (CVA)?
The CVA is a newly added (10th) Collierville School. The CVA provides 100% virtual instruction to students in grade 3-12.
Will CVA be a permanent option for Collierville students, or is it just a response to the pandemic?
Collierville Schools applied to the state for CVA to be a permanent school and it is Collierville School’s 10th school. CVA is not a response to the pandemic. The school meets the needs students looking for an option traditional schools can not offer.
Who can participate in CVA?
Any student that resides in Tennessee can apply for a transfer to CVA. There is a tuition cost for students inside of Shelby County (Non-Collierville Resident) of $400 per year and a Non-Shelby County (Must reside in Tennessee) resident tuition cost of $4000 per year. The parent must contact Collierville Virtual Academy at 901-472-8669 to start the process. Student transfers are dependent on space availability, grades, attendance, and behavior criteria.
What grade levels does CVA serve?
The CVA is open to all students enrolled in Collierville Schools in grades 3rd through 12th. CVA is also open to students who reside outside of Collierville. Those students must complete an application and meet the transfer criteria. Students residing outside of Collierville must pay a tuition per board policy.
Can CVA students access their virtual classes from anywhere?
The CVA does not dictate a student’s physical location while attending classes. However, all students are required to attend their live classes, complete all assignments, and always follow CVA expectations. Communications with out of country sources are blocked for safety and security reasons; therefore, students who plan to leave the country must contact the CVA prior to traveling to allow our technology department to make necessary adjustments.
What are the school hours for CVA?
CVA school hours are 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
How long is the commitment for CVA?
Students are asked to commit for one academic school year.
Will Collierville Schools provide devices to CVA students?
Yes. CVA students in grades 3rd-8th will receive Apple iPads and our 9th-12th students will receive Apple MacBook laptops.
Where will CVA students pick up their iPads, MacBooks, and/or any materials they need?
CVA is located at West Collierville Middle School off of the Bus Parking Lot at the corner of New Byhalia Road and Frank Road.
Will the curriculum be the same for CVA as it is for the traditional schools?
CVA follows the same curriculum and scope and sequence as the traditional schools. While the curriculum is the same, the delivery will be unique to meet the needs of online learners. Collierville Schools curriculum can be accessed here.
What courses will be offered through the CVA?
The CVA course catalog can be accessed here.
Will CVA students be allowed to participate in middle school and high school athletics?
Yes. Students wanting to participate in TMSAA or TSSAA sanctioned sports will be allowed to participate with their base school team.
What will CVA look like for grades 3-8?
Students in grades 3-8 will be learning at home via live instruction from Collierville Schools teachers. Student bell schedules can be found here.
What will CVA look like for grades 9-12?
Students in grades 9-12 will be asynchronous learning at home, with students scheduling one-on-one sessions as needed with teachers.
Will attendance be taken?
Yes. Since CVA is a Tennessee Public School, it is obligated to record attendance for each student. CVA will adhere to the Collierville Schools attendance policy 6.200.
Will students ever be required to attend CVA in-person instead of virtually?
Students will be learning from home, however, for required benchmark and state testing the students will be asked to come in person. All scheduled in-person testing will be announced to allow parents enough time to plan.
What happens if my student misses a lesson?
Any new instruction will be recorded and available for learners to view after the live instruction has ended.
Will my student be able to get help from their teacher outside of the live instruction?
Teachers in 3-8 will have the same designated time every day for students to be able to get help. Students can schedule one-on-one time with their teacher during office hours. Students are also encouraged to email their teachers.
Students in 9-12 will be able to schedule times to get help from their teachers but the time will vary from teacher to teacher.
Will there be opportunities for students to see each other in-person?
YES! CVA has events for our CVA students and parents to meet the CVA faculty and each other. CVA develops events that will allow students and parents to have fun. CVA plans field trips to enhance the learning student are receiving in the classroom.
Should my student have a learning coach?
Learning coaches are required for students in grades 3-8. Learning coaches are recommended for students in grades 9-12.
Are students expected to sit in front of a computer for 6.5 hours each day?
Students will be provided access to content through a class schedule in the virtual learning program. It is not expected or advised that a student spend 6.5 hours interacting solely on a computer. Daily activities can include: live class with teacher, viewing recorded activities, participating in online modules/activities, completing activities in consumable materials, chats with teacher/and peers, etc.
What happens if my student does not do well in CVA?
CVA is an optional school for students in Collierville Schools. If a student does not do well in CVA due to academic, attendance, or behavioral performance, the transfer will be rescinded, and the student will return to in-person learning at their base school. Transfer students that pay a tuition (out of district) will not have the tuition refunded due to a transfer being rescinded.
What happens with my child if he/she does not participate in class?
Any student that does not participate in class may be marked absent for the class period. Teachers will communicate with students and parents when there is a concern with class participation.
Will my child still receive his/her 504 or special education services if enrolled in CVA?
Students receiving services through an IEP or 504 plan will still receive their services as decided by the 504 or IEP team and documented in their individualized plan, but services will be delivered by CVA teachers.
Will my child still receive their ESL services and accommodations if enrolled in CVA?
ESL Services will be delivered by CVA teachers. English Learners receive their services and allowable accommodations in line with the student’s Individual Learning Plan and decisions by the ILP team.
Who are the teachers for CVA?
For grades 3-8, the CVA teachers are Collierville Schools teachers. For grades 9-12, the teachers will be state certified teachers through our online platform (Village Virtual for 2022-2023).
Where will the CVA teachers and admin be located?
CVA is located at West Collierville Middle School. Our office is accessible from the Bus Parking Lot at the corner of New Byhalia Road and Frank Road.
Do I have to have access to high-speed internet?
Yes. High speed internet access is a requirement for CVA. Students that do not have high speed internet access will need to be an in-person learner at their base school.
What supplies will my student need for CVA?
CVA has supply lists for our 3-8 students as well as our 9-12 students. Please access them here.
What are the expectations of students on a Microsoft Teams meeting?
Students must be logged in and ready to learn by the start of the class period. Ready to learn means that the students are seated with cameras on and participate in class when asked by their teacher.