Myths about Online Schools
MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students at the Minnesota Virtual Academy have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, and clubs. Geography and spelling bees, Destination Imagination, and other activities are also part of the MNVA experience.
MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent for K-8 lessons are taught online, with the percentage higher for high school as students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher. The rest of the K12 curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and microscopes.
MYTH: Attending the Minnesota Virtual Academy is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend about four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level.
MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: The Minnesota Virtual Academy is a public school that happens to operate outside a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Minnesota. The K12 curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Minnesota Academic Standards, and has proved to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum programs in the nation.