How Online Education Works

The Minnesota Virtual Academy uses curriculum and services provided by Stride K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.

State-licensed Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools

At the Minnesota Virtual Academy, all students interact with one or more state-licensed teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. Each MNVA family will receive boxes of materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject matter.

Extensive School Support System

MNVA also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K-8, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "learning coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. At the high school level students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. Each teacher is state licensed and trained in his or her specific subject area. In addition, monthly networking opportunities are provided through various events and outings, enabling the entire school community to keep in close contact.

Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability

In addition to providing individualized learning, as an online public school program of Houston Public Schools MNVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.