General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Minnesota Virtual Academy?

MNVA serves students in grades K-12.

What subjects will my child study?

Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Music, World Languages, and Art are all available. Kindergarten students receive Math, Language Arts, and History materials. A full academic program for grades 9-12 is also offered by MNVA.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?

Yes, we are a public school in Minnesota, so students can earn a diploma through Houston Public Schools based upon successful completion and mastery of course content.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.

What does it cost to attend the Minnesota Virtual Academy?

Since MNVA is a public school program of Houston Public Schools, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).

Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?

Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your child's needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact us at 507.896.5323, option 3.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

The K12 curriculum is designed to meet the needs of a variety of students, not only in intense areas of interest but also to provide opportunities to work with other students with similar interests.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, zoos, ice rinks, waterparks, school clubs, and even graduation ceremonies. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. If the use of a webcam will enhance the learning experience of your child, we can accommodate your student's needs. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw your child at any time.