The Elementary Education Program at the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) offers a personalized learning approach tailored to fourth and fifth-grade students and their academic needs. At VLACS, we believe that every student is unique and should have the opportunity to learn anywhere, anytime, and at a pace that works best for their individual learning needs. Our experienced teachers who are certified in elementary education are committed to forming positive relationships with students and guardians. They work closely with families to establish these connections that we believe provide the foundation for success in education.
Please note: By the fall of 2020, we will expand our offerings to include a full suite of subjects for grades four and five. Our courses will include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Education, Spanish, and Technology. Soon after the first of the year, we will be offering a full-time elementary program for students in grades four and five. If you would like to get updates regarding our offerings, please sign-up for our newsletter.
A Competency-Based Model
VLACS uses a competency-based approach to learning. Competencies are the big ideas that students are expected to master before moving on in their course. For example, this competency is part of the Elementary Language Arts Grade 4 competency group:
Students will demonstrate an understanding of context clues by using them to make inferences, describe story elements, and learn the meaning of words or phrases.
We understand that students learn at different speeds and many will benefit from having more time to master a concept. The same student that struggles with one competency may find that the next competency is easier for them to master, and thus progress quickly. Students can take as much time as they need to learn because, at our school, success is the only option.
We also welcome students who would like to accelerate their learning to learn at a quicker pace.
Academic support is carried out through our certified and experienced instructors who will provide one-on-one instruction and feedback to students on a regular basis. Parents and guardians are always encouraged to become involved in their child's academic career at VLACS. In addition to virtual meetings, they will receive communications and progress reports from their student's instructors on a monthly basis. Parents and guardians can check on student's progress anytime through their "parent account" at VLACS.
Discussion Based Assessments
To ensure that students have mastered the material in each competency, they will complete a Discussion Based Assessment (DBA) with their instructor. This is a verbal assessment where the instructor reviews the learning covered in each module with the student.
Instructors from the Elementary Education Program have experience teaching in an online setting and are certified by the New Hampshire Department of Education to teach at the elementary level.
Students enrolled in more than one core course (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies) will be assigned the same instructor, just as they would at a brick-and-mortar school. Students are assigned additional instructors only if they are enrolled in specialized courses such as Spanish or Art.
When students need immediate support, our Academic HelpDesk is available to them. Students can access the Academic HelpDesk to find answers to questions related to their course if their instructor is not available at that time.
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VLACS offers a wide variety of subjects, from traditional math and science studies to special interests like photography and walking fitness. Take a look for yourself!