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All approved high school students may take an online course during the school year.

All Virtual Loudoun courses are accredited by LCPS. Completing a Virtual Loudoun year-long course is worth 1.0 credit. Personal Finance (as semester course ) and Economics (as semester course) may be taken separately as a semester course for .5 credit each as shown below.

Virtual Loudoun courses are accepted for credit by the NCAA.

For the summer term all high school students, home schooled students, and private school students and approved Middle School students are eligible to enroll in online courses. The fee is $695.00 per course.There may be some courses that have additional fees.

If you would like to register for a Virtual Loudoun course click on the Registration page on at the top of this page. Please keep in mind that enrollment is subject to approval. After registering online please contact your School Counselor to ensure course approval. Do not submit any payment until you receive an approval email.

It is our recommendation that students register for only one online course. Students wishing to take more than one online course must have the approval of the School Counselor and the Principal.

LCPS does NOT offer honors level courses online.

Please check out the Term Dates under Registration for this important information.

Please check out the Term Dates page for important term dates. To drop a course and/or request a refund, please contact stacie.ahrensmininberg@lcps.org, Virtual Loudoun Education Supervisor, on or before the specified date.

Online courses require different skills and learning styles from traditional face-to-face courses. For instance, students in an online course are responsible for scheduling their own "class time". Motivation and self-discipline are essential for success in an online course. Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours per week during the school year and 13-15 hours in the summer in their online course. Students work during the hours that are best for them while meeting established deadlines.

Students must provide their own electronic devices. Home support will not be provided by Loudoun County Public Schools. Computer with Direct Internet connection and one of the following browsers: -Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 or 11 -Mozilla Firefox 3.6+ -Apple Safari 4.x, 5.x -Google Chrome -Full version of Adobe Shockwave and Flash -JavaScript, Java Runtime Environment and Cookies must be enabled -Audio enabled with speakers and microphone -Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office. You can download a copy of Office here.

It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take math courses have access to a graphing calculator.

All public school students enrolled in a Standards of Learning (SOL) course will take the SOL exam for that course at a scheduled time and place within their Virginia school district. All home-schooled and private school students can't take an SOL test (if there is one) through Loudoun County Public Schools. SOL testing information will be posted in each of the Virtual Loudoun courses as dates approach.

Online courses are quite rigorous and are not recomended for retaking a course.

LCPS expects a full commitment to academic integrity from each student. Your enrollment in an online course represents acknowledgement of your commitment to academic integrity as an online student. All School Board policies and regulations apply to online courses including the guidelines stated in the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Code of Conduct.

Your work on each assignment will be entirely your own. Your collaboration with another classmate on any assignment will be pre-approved by our instructor. -You will not practice plagiarism in any form. -You will not allow others to copy your work. -You will not misuse content from the Internet.

Virtual Loudoun Health and Physical Education courses do not cover the elective Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum which is offered in the face-to-face HPE courses.Since you are your child’s primary family life educator, it is important that you make an informed choice regarding your child’s participation in the Loudoun County Public Schools Family Life Education Program. The Standards of Learning for the appropriate grade level can be found HERE. In order to assist you in your decision, copies of the Family Life Education curriculum are available for review at your child’s school and in the public libraries in Loudoun County. You may also access the parent handbooks by clicking on this LINK. If you wish to make arrangements at your child’s school for him/her to participate in the FLE curriculum, please contact your child’s school counselor.

During the school year Virtual Loudoun courses are 15 weeks, while summer courses are 10 weeks long. All students are different, but it takes the average student about 8-10 hours a week during the school year and about 13-15 hours a week during the summer session. Remember, these are full-year courses taken in a shortened period of time..

Prior to the start of your course you will receive an email from your Virtual Loudoun teacher.

Be sure to know your VISION log-in information. If you do not, please see the Technology Resource Teacher (TRT) at your school BEFORE the school year ends. Your school counselor can help you as well. To log into VISION please use your LCPS issued Student ID, and network password.

The length of the session depends on the term. The best bet is to check out Term Dates for the most up to date information.

Virtual Loudoun courses are considered asynchronous, meaning you can work at your own pace; however, all courses have suggested pacing guides. While these are suggested, you should really keep up with those dates. Falling behind may result in your not completing the course.

It is hard to say. Typically students who are self-motivated are the most successful in Virtual Loudoun courses. You may also want to check out our Indicators for Successful Virtual Learners page.

Please know that the staff at Virtual Loudoun work to make learning resources available to students 24 hours a day 7 days a week. As with any online service, there may be times where the site will need routine maintenance. Any scheduled down times are planned during off peak hours to limit the impact on learning. Occasionally, unique issues may cause the site to go down, this is like a snow storm which causes school to be closed for a day. These occur very infrequently and are addressed quickly. It is important to note that no student work will be lost as a result of any situation resulting in downtime.

The first person to contact is your teacher. If you need additional support, please check out Troubleshooting Tips. You may also contact Michael.Speidel@lcps.org, Virtual Loudoun Instructional Designer, for technical issues your teacher was unable to assit with. To contact the Virtual Loudoun Supervisor, please email Stacie.AhrensMininberg@lcps.org.

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