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​What type of diploma do students earn?

The CMVHS diploma is the same as a diploma from any other CMS high school. CMVHS is held to the same high standards and graduation requirements as all Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. Online classes are not ‘easier,’ ‘shorter,’ or less work than traditional classes. In fact, in a CMS student survey, most students reported that online classes were equal to or harder than their traditional classes. Our students receive a rigorous education that will prepare them for college and careers.
 

What courses are available?

CMVHS offers core and elective courses at the standard, honors, and Advanced Placement levels as well as Career and Technical Education courses. Our students also have the option to take college courses, and potentially achieve an associate’s degree while still in high school.  In order to provide a variety of rigorous and effective courses, CMVHS partners with several online course providers. Each course is vetted by CMS and NCDPI, and most are taught by CMVHS teachers.
 
See our partner websites for examples of courses:
 
Qualified students may participate in the Career and College Promise program which enables 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses while enrolled in high school. Students can also earn college credit through Advanced Placement courses.
 

Who teaches the online courses?

All courses are taught by highly-qualified North Carolina certified teachers who meet all North Carolina and local standards and qualifications.
 

How many courses can students take each year?

Student schedules will be based on student and family academic goals. This usually averages eight courses per year. Students will take courses that will lead to a cohort graduation. Student academic goals may lead to more or less than the average course load. Students will work with teachers and counselors to determine their schedule. 
 

Is there a certain amount of time that students must work on courses?

Yes!  CMVHS follows the CMS academic calendar.  Most CMVHS classes are semester-long (with the exception of Math 1, AP courses, and World Languages).  CMVHS students are expected to have consistent engagement with their courses and must stay up-to-date with the course assignment schedule.  Students are allowed (and encouraged!) to work ahead in their courses, but we do not offer rolling enrollment and new courses will only begin at the beginning of each semester.
 

Will CMVHS accommodate individualized education plans (IEPs) and 504 plans?

Attending a virtual high school requires a high level of self-motivation, comfort with technology, time management, and independence. We recognize that many exceptional children have these traits and could benefit from an online learning experience. CMVHS will provide accommodations required by local, state, and federal guidelines.
 

Do students need to go to a particular place for classes?

No. CMVHS students can work any place that they have a computer and internet connection. However, CMVHS also offers the convenience of a brick-and-mortar location, which provides students access to teachers, advisers, and a computer lab. Research indicates that students are most successful in online coursework when such supports are readily available.
 

Do students have to log onto the computer at certain times of day?

No.* The majority of the courses will be asynchronous - students will be able to work at any time. However, it is required that students log in Monday through Friday and at the same time so as to develop solid work habits and not fall behind. Students who know they will not be able to complete work daily are required to work ahead of schedule so they do not fall behind.  Some weeknights and weekends may be required.
 
*Students enrolled in NCSSM IVC courses may be required to log on at certain times of day. NCSSM courses are not required and mainly consist of advanced math and science courses.
 

Do students have to take final exams face-to-face?

Yes, all core and CTE courses will require a student to report to the physical school to take a proctored exam. Additionally, students will be required to report to campus for other state and district required exams, including:  Pre-ACT, PSAT, ACT, AP Exams, ELL exams, and others. 
 

Can students graduate early?

Yes! A student that has met graduation goals can graduate earlier than their original cohort. However, a student that has finished high school graduation requirements may also take college courses with CMS learning partners and earn college credit for free.
 

How do students take physical education courses online?

The online PE offering still requires physical activity that is tracked and monitored. Additionally, health education is also required.  Students who have special requirements via an IEP or 504 will have an adapted PE course based on their plans.
 

Do students have to complete a graduation project?

Yes. CMVHS students enrolled in English III or English IV online are accountable for the CMS requirements of the Graduation Project.  CMVHS teachers will provide support to students working on the graduation project.
 

How do students connect with their teachers and advisors​?

Relationships between teachers and students are critical to the success of virtual students! We specifically seek outteachers who excell at  building relationships with students across distance and time. CMVHS teachers monitor student progress and reach out to students who appear to need additional support. Students are encouraged to come to campus regularly.  Students can arrange face-to-face meetings with their teachers, or communicate via e-mail, phone, text, online video conference, etc. Teachers will arrange with families the best way to communicate.