• Virtual Loudoun Online FAQs


    The vision of Virtual Loudoun Online is to cultivate quality, flexible, self-paced virtual learning.

     

  • Who may take a Virtual Loudoun Online course?

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

  • Who is eligible for enrollment and what is the cost?

    For the summer term, all high school students, home schooled students, and private school and approved Middle School students are eligible to enroll in online courses. Course fees can be found on the Paying for Virtual Loudoun Online page.

  • What are the technology requirements?

    Non-LCPS Students must provide their own computer with access to the internet to complete Virtual Loudoun Online courses. Virtual Loudoun Online courses are accessible by Mac PC and Chromebooks. For more details, please view our Technology Requirements page. Loudoun County Public Schools will not provide home support for personal devices.

  • How do I enroll in an online course?

    If you would like to register for a Virtual Loudoun Online course click on Registration at the top of this page. Please remember 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.

  • How much time does it take to complete a virtual course?

    During the school year Virtual Loudoun Online 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.

  • When does the course begin and end?

    Please review the Program Calendar for this vital information.

  • Can I drop a Virtual Loudoun Online class?

    The first four weeks of each Virtual Loudoun Online term is the “drop” period. If students change their minds about continuing their course, their parent or home school counselor can request a drop. Dropped courses do not show on the transcript. After the first four weeks, students may withdraw from a course until the withdrawal deadline. Withdrawn courses have no impact on GPA but do show on the student’s transcript with either a WP (withdraw pass) or a WF (withdraw fail), as determined by the student’s grade at the time of withdrawal, which is calculated by the course pacing guide. Refer to the Program Calendar page for these important dates and deadlines for each term.

  • When is the last day to pay for course, drop without grade penalty, or request a refund?

    Please check out the Program Calendar page for important term dates. To drop a course and/or request a refund, please contact VLOschoolcounseling@lcps.org, Virtual Loudoun Online School Counseling, on or before the specified date.

  • Will I receive credit for these online courses? How much credit is each course worth?

    LCPS accredits all Virtual Loudoun Online courses. Completing a Virtual Loudoun Online year-long course is worth 1.0 credit. Psychology, Personal Finance, or Economics may be taken separately as a semester course for .5 credit each.

  • What do I need to know before I begin?

    Be sure you know how to log in to access your course.  If you do not know how to log in, please see the Instructional Facilitator, Technology (IFT) at your school BEFORE the term begins.  Your school counselor can help you as well.  To access your course in Schoology, log in to LCPS GO and launch Schoology.  Use your LCPS issued Student ID, and network password.  To access a course in Edgenuity, log in to Edgenuity using the information your instructor has emailed to you. Check out the information on the Technology Prerequisites page for more information.

  • How will I know who my teacher is?

    Students who have registered and are approved for virtual courses will receive a welcome email from their instructor on the Friday before their virtual course opens, with directions detailing how to begin their classes on Monday, the first day of the virtual term.

  • Are there deadlines in the courses?

    Virtual Loudoun Online 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 keep up with those dates. Falling behind may result in your not completing the course.

  • How long do I have to complete the course?

    The length of the session depends on the term. Please see the Program Calendar page for the most up-to-date information.

  • How many virtual classes can I take?

    Students in grades 9-12 are permitted to take one credit of virtual coursework per academic year during Term 1/Term 2 (not to exceed 8 total credits for the year). Students enrolling in the Term 3 summer session for acceleration (creating space for a class in your schedule the following school year) are permitted to earn a total of 3 high school credits throughout middle school and high school, taking one virtual class per summer. 

  • What if I need help?

    The first person to contact is your course instructor. If you need additional support, please check out the Technology Resources section for helpful information.  You may also contact Joe.Schwarz@lcps.org, the Virtual Loudoun Online Instructional Designer, for technical issues if your instructor cannot assist.  To contact the Virtual Loudoun Supervisor, please email Laura.Hicks@lcps.org.

  • In what ways does an online class differ from a traditional course?

    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.

  • How do I know if Virtual Loudoun Online is right for me?

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

  • Can I take just virtual Driver Education?

    Virtual Loudoun does not offer Driver Education as a separate course. However students may choose to independently participate in another program. This may include the “Virginia Driver Education and Traffic Safety” online course: https://vadriveredu.org

  • Does the NCAA recognize Virtual Loudoun Online Courses?

    Virtual Loudoun Online courses are accepted for credit by the NCAA.

  • Are AP and honors courses offered?

    LCPS does not offer AP classes online. Virtual Loudoun Online offers two honors-level courses: Algebra 2 with Trigonometry and Math Analysis. Please review the Virtual Loudoun Courses webpage for course details.

  • Will I need a graphing calculator for my math course?

    It is strongly recommended that students who wish to take math courses have access to a graphing calculator.  If you do not have access to a graphing calculator like a TI-84, you can use the DESMOS online graphing calculator.  Additional support for using the DESMOS graphing calculator can be found at learn.desmos.com

  • Will students have to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test for SOL based courses?

    LCPS and home instructed students who require the SOL test for their diploma or to meet federal accountability requirements will take an SOL test at their serving school. All private school students are not eligible to take an SOL test (if there is one) per the Virginia Department of Education.

  • What if I fail a traditional class and want to retake this class through Virtual Loudoun Online?

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

  • What is the academic integrity policy?

    LCPS expects a full commitment to academic integrity from each student.  Your enrollment in an online course represents an acknowledgment 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.

  • What does academic integrity mean?

    • Your work on each assignment will be entirely your own
    • Your collaboration with another classmate on any assignment must be pre-approved by your course 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
    • You will not submit work written by AI tools.

  • Is Family Life Education (FLE) part of the Health and Physical Education courses?

    Virtual Loudoun Health and Physical Education courses do not cover the elective Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum 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.  To assist parents/guardians in making informed decisions about whether to opt their child out of FLE instruction, the information provided on the Family Life Education (FLE) webpage is offered to help facilitate this process.  Instructions on how to access the parent handbooks can be found on the Family Life Education (FLE) page.  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.

  • What happens when Schoology is not accessible?

    Please know the staff at Virtual Loudoun Online work to make learning resources available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  As with any online service, there may be times when the site will need routine maintenance.  Any scheduled downtime is 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 snowstorm, 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.

Last Modified on December 13, 2023