Virtual Loudoun (VL) is a program that offers interactive online courses to secondary students. Courses are delivered using a course learning management system called VISION through the Internet and available to students 24 hours a day. Students are actively engaged in online discussions and learn to track messages, submit documents electronically, and can meet online with teachers and students through a virtual classroom if needed. Today, students just like you are are earning high school credits online through Virtual Loudoun.
Students can complete many of our high school programs at their own pace. Virtual Loudoun courses are asynchronous — meaning you don't have to attend online classes at a specific time. Our students use a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction over an online learning network to facilitate instruction. Students complete weekly assignments, readings, discussions, and occasional group work, as well as exams and other activities designed to enhance learning outcomes, all at times that are most convenient to them.
As an online student, you will interact with people from different backgrounds and situations, affording you with opportunities to experience many perspectives and concepts throughout your studies. Using chat, video conferencing, phone calls, email, social media, bulletin boards, and more, you'll stay connected with fellow students and faculty.
Your courses are developed by faculty and technologists who understand the specific needs of learners in an online environment. Virtual Loudoun staff gives special consideration to advance planning and setting expectations in the online classroom, so each curriculum is outlined in a syllabus distributed at the start of the course. This document provides an overview of the course assignments, grading strategy, student and faculty expectations, and course materials, as well as an understanding of the course goals and learning outcomes.
Loudoun County is pleased to be an approved Multidivision Online Provider for the Virtual Schools Initiative in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We invite participating school divisions to preview the virtual program information when making important decisions to integrate virtual learning. It is an easy process to get started using the procedures provided.
Courses have been designed to meet full year or semester academic requirements. LCPS offers courses in a Trimester format for additional flexibility to help students achieve their academic goals. The rate for a full year course is based on a rate of $695.00 for a 1 credit course. The rate for semester courses is $350.00 per .5 credit. Please contact Stacie M. Ahrens-Mininberg, Virtual Loudoun Supervisor, to discuss integrating virtual learning into your school.