Q. What criteria must students meet to be eligible for enrollment in Baldwin County Virtual School?
A. The 5 minimum requirements to maintain enrollment in the Baldwin County Virtual School are to
- Reside in Baldwin County, Alabama.
- Maintain minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in courses taken during the previous academic year.
- Be on track for graduation (for high school students) or on grade level in reading and math (for middle school students). On track for graduation is defined as having earned one core academic credit (English, math, science, social studies) for each year since completing the 9th grade. For rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders, on grade level is evaluated through a student's performance on approved standardized testing.
- Have no more than 6 unexcused, full-day absences during the previous academic year.
- No D – H disciplinary actions as defined in the Baldwin County School Board Policy Manual (www.bcbe.org), Tab 900, page 12.
Q. What curriculum does Baldwin County Virtual School use?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School primarily uses the curriculum of ACCESS Distance Learning, a program administered by the Alabama State Department of Education. All course curricula are aligned to Alabama Courses of Study. Students have the option of taking some locally developed electives taught by Baldwin County Public School teachers.
Q. Who are the teachers for Baldwin County Virtual School?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School utilizes Baldwin County and ACCESS Distance Learning teachers. All teachers are certified in their content areas in accordance with Alabama State Department of Education policy.
Q. What type of diploma does Baldwin County Virtual School offer?
A. BCVS offers both the Alabama High School standard diploma and the Alabama High School Diploma with Baldwin County College Preparatory with Distinction Endorsement.Q. Can Baldwin County Virtual School students participate in Dual Enrollment?A. Yes. Baldwin County Public Schools has dual enrollment with Coastal Alabama Community College, The University of Alabama, and the University of South Alabama. Eligible students can earn high school credits though any of these institutions. Participation is tuition based, except at Coastal Alabama Community College which offers tuition and fee free dual enrollment courses on three campuses: Gulf Shores, Bay Minette and Fairhope. BCVS students attend free dual enrollment classes on one of Coastal Alabama Community College three Baldwin County campuses.
Q. Do Baldwin County Virtual School students have face-to-face requirements?
A. Yes, Baldwin County Virtual School students have face-to-face obligations for orientation and state-mandated assessments. All course tests must be taken on campus and will be proctored by Baldwin County Virtual School staff. Students considering Baldwin County Virtual School should expect to report to campus as often as twice a week.
Q. Where is Baldwin County Virtual School located?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School offers THREE locations: on the Bay Minette, Fairhope, and Gulf Shores campuses of Coastal Alabama Community College. During the school year, Baldwin County Virtual School is open Monday from 10:00 to 4:30; Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30 for tutoring, training, counseling, and proctored testing. Summer hours and locations differ.
Q. Is transportation provided for students to report to Baldwin County Virtual School?
A. No. Upon submitting a signed Transportation Agreement, licensed sophomores, juniors and seniors may drive themselves to the virtual school sites. All other students must be driven by a parent or guardian.
Q. What is involved with proctored examinations?
A. All unit tests and term examinations must be taken in the physical presence of a Baldwin County Virtual School staff member. Students must report to Baldwin County Virtual School to take these tests and exams. Transportation is not provided; therefore, students and/or parents must arrange for reliable and safe transportation according to the terms of the signed Transportation Agreement. At this time, Baldwin County Virtual School does not allow electronic proctoring.
Q. How is attendance recorded for Baldwin County Virtual School students?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School students must “attend” class daily in accordance with the Baldwin County school calendar. Students fulfill attendance requirements when they log in to their courses daily. Baldwin County Virtual School students are required to abide by Baldwin County attendance policies and procedures.
Q. How are grades recorded on the transcript for Baldwin County Virtual School students?
A. At the semester and at the end of the year, documentation regarding the student's grades is downloaded from ILive and posted to the students’ transcripts. Documentation from ILive will be placed into the students’ record folders. Credit is only awarded when the course is completed.
Q. Are there any costs associated with attending Baldwin County Virtual School?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School has a $45 operational fee. Additionally, students might need to purchase of online textbooks if required for Advanced Placement courses. Dual enrollment courses are tuition based, except at Coastal Alabama Community College where students need only pay for textbooks.
Q. Do Baldwin County Virtual School students take state assessments?
A. Yes, all Baldwin County Virtual School students take all state mandated assessments on site at the Virtual School or other specified location.
Grade Level Assessments
7th and 8th
Scantron Reading and Math
9th Scantron Reading and Math 10th Pre-ACT and Scantron 11th ACT plus Writing 12th ACT Work Keys*Pending state directives for mandated testing.
Q. How many credits per year are Baldwin County Virtual School students required to take?
A. Students are required to take at least seven credits per year. Four of the seven credits must be core classes (math, science, English, and social studies) unless the student has accumulated more core credits than is required for the student to remain on track for graduation. With principal and parent permission, students may be allowed to attempt additional credits per year.
Q. Does Baldwin County Virtual School follow the Baldwin County Public School’s academic calendar?
A. Yes, Baldwin County Virtual School follows Baldwin County Public School's academic calendar, however, students have the ability to complete some coursework and assignments during calendar holidays. The starting and ending dates of ACCESS classes are aligned with Baldwin County Public School's academic calendar. Most classes are offered in a full year format or a “block” format, so students can blend the two options when creating their course schedules.
Q. Are Baldwin County Virtual School students permitted to graduate early?
A. Yes, students are permitted to accelerate their high school course progression. Baldwin County Virtual School operates as a 12-month school (fall, spring, and summer terms). Students are allowed to take additional courses during the regular school year and summer months under the condition that they maintain the minimum pace across all currently enrolled courses. Further, Baldwin County Virtual School students are permitted to participate in the Credit Advancement and Credit Acceleration programs offered to all Baldwin County high school students.
Q. Does Baldwin County Virtual School have any extracurricular or sports programs?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School students in grades 7 through 12 may participate in extracurricular activities at their Baldwin County Public School zoned schools including band and ROTC. Students must meet membership criteria as set by the base school organization in order to quality for participation in the activity.Baldwin County Virtual School students may participate in athletic programs at their Baldwin County Public School zoned schools. If a BCPS zoned high school requires its athletes to take specific athletic or weight training classes, then participating virtual school students will be required to take these classes on campus as well.
Q. Does Baldwin County Virtual School offer a summer program?
A. Baldwin County Virtual School operates a summer program for currently enrolled BCVS students who wish to earn additional credits toward early graduation or to reduce their required course load during the academic year.
Q. What happens if a student fails a course?
A. Students who fail one class may elect to attend summer school. Students will be responsible for transportation to and from summer school and for paying all summer school fees. Students are expected to adhere to Baldwin County expectations, procedures, and policies regarding summer school and credit recovery. If a student fails a class and retakes the class in summer school, then, upon the successful completion of summer school, the student’s GPA for the academic year just completed will be recalculated. If the student’s GPA is at least a 2.0, and the student is still on track for graduation, and he or she meets all other requirements and expectations of Baldwin County Virtual School, then the student will be permitted to continue his/her enrollment in the virtual school.
Students who fail more than one course per academic year will be withdrawn from Baldwin County Virtual School. Students who are not on track for graduation by the end of summer school will be withdrawn from Baldwin County Virtual School. Students who do not have a 2.0 GPA by the end of summer school for the academic year just completed will be withdrawn from Baldwin County Virtual School.
Q. What types of student support services are offered?
- Orientation - One week of online and face-to face activities for online learning preparation to include 2 face-to-face meetings and 4 days of online experiences.
- Mentoring & Advising - Academic advising to include the development of a 4-year high school plan.
- Monitoring - Tracking of student attendance, course progression, grades, and exam proctoring.
- Tutoring - Face-to-face tutoring in addition to the supports provided by the online teacher.
- Assessment - All state-mandated tests, except the spring ACT and ACT Workforce Keys, are administered by the BCVS teacher at the Virtual School.
- Digital Resources - Assistance locating and using digital resources provided by Baldwin County Board of Education.
Q. What are the minimum requirements to remain enrolled in Baldwin County Virtual School?
A. The minimum requirements to maintain enrollment in the Baldwin County Virtual School are
Students who fail more than one class per academic year (includes fall, spring, and summer term) will be removed from the Baldwin County Virtual School.
- Reside in Baldwin County, Alabama
- Participate in the one-to-one technology initiative
- Maintain consistent, daily access to the Internet (minimum 1.5 Mbs)
- Maintain minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in courses taken during the current academic year.
- Remain on track for graduation (evaluated at the end of the summer semester immediately following the current academic year)
- Maintain consistent transportation to Baldwin County Virtual School for testing and other services.
- Accumulate no more than 6 unexcused, full-day absences during the current academic year.
- Maintain appropriate course progression as measured by the completion of weekly assignments, quizzes, and tests.
- Adhere to the Academic Integrity Contract.
- Remain in good standing as a student of Baldwin County Virtual School by adhering to all expectations, procedures, and policies of Baldwin County Virtual School, Baldwin County Public School System, the Alabama State Department of Education, and ACCESS.
- Students with discipline infractions resulting in suspension or expulsion will immediately be removed from Baldwin County Virtual School.
Q. How do I apply for enrollment to Baldwin County Virtual School?A. Click on the "Apply Now" on the website homepage. That will take you to the online application. Online applications open six weeks prior to the enrollment window.Q. How will I know if my application has been accepted?A. Once your application is received by Baldwin County Virtual School, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Depending on the availability of your academic records, the determination may take 10 business days. Applicants will be informed of the Admission Committee decision via the email provided on the application.Q. If my application is approved, what are the next steps?A. Once the applicant receives email confirmation of admittance, the student and parent or guardian will:
Q. What is the deadline for applications?A. Applications are available year round; however, BCVS has two open enrollment periods. Enrollment periods are dates in which students can begin attending classes at BCVS. Fall Open Enrollment for rising 7th to 12th grade students runs until two weeks after the Baldwin County School System starts school. Spring Open Enrollment for students in grades 7 to 11 opens November 15 and runs until January 7. Exceptions to the open enrollment dates are reviewed by the Principal of the Baldwin County Virtual School.Q. I have more questions. How should I contact Baldwin County Virtual School?
- Meet with a member of Baldwin County Virtual School staff to sign the required paperwork, discuss goals for graduation, and build the student’s course schedule.
- Attend a required orientation session that will include computer distribution, acclimation in virtual learning, and an introduction to navigating the course management system(s).
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