Starting Strong with NCVA SY 18-19

Your guide to starting the school year successfully!

Welcome to the North Carolina Virtual Academy!

Below is a checklstlist to help you get off to a "strong start." School begins:

Wednesday, August 22nd

Back to School "Adventure Days" : 8/15/18

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 15. Teachers are currently planning Meet and Greet events across the state in all 8 regions. Check your e-mail for details!

NCVA Strong Start Checklist

Please be aware that the Strong Start Tasks are REQUIRED and time sensitive. Not completing these tasks on time will cause your student to fall behind, which is something we want to avoid at all costs!

  • Complete "Online Learning: K-8" or "Welcome to Online Learning" Course
  • Attend REQUIRED New Student Orientation
  • Complete a Connection Call with your student(s) Homeroom Teacher(s)
  • Complete any assigned assessments with the 1st week of school.
  • Log in to both Student and Learning Coach Online School Accounts by the 1st day of school.

One step at a time-this is the beginning of something GREAT!

Checklist Items to be Completed

  • Confirm consistent internet connection at your student's place of schooling.
  • Find alternative places to work, should connectivity be interrupted.
  • Ensure your student has a reliable computer for school.
  • Download Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.
  • Download Adobe Flash Player
  • ATTEND a mandatory New Student Orientation (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Students and LCs should attend together.
  • Complete Online Learning/Welcome to Online Learning Courses.
  • Complete your Connection Call with Strong Start Specialist and/or Homeroom Teacher(s).
  • Become familiar with the online school platform.
  • Plan out a basic schedule/routine for your family's school days.
  • POST your family's reason for choosing NCVA in your school space as a daily motivator.
  • Contact your Family Engagement Liaison or Homeroom Teacher(s) with additional questions.


The LIVE sessions are required and SUPER HELPFUL for the success of our students and learning coaches!

  • IMPORTANT: Log-in under the STUDENT Account in the Online School to receive credit for attending.
  • New Student Orientation Sessions will appear under your student's "Class Connect" schedule. They will begin Monday, August 13th!
  • Attendance is required within the 1st week of starting school.

New Student Orientation

The learning coach and student are both required to attend a New Student Orientation Session. The sessions are approximately one hour long. You and your student need to log into the session from your Student's Online School account, NOT the learning coach account.

We have two different learning platforms, K-5 and the Middle School/High School Platform. If you have multiple children in the same platform, you only need to attend one session. If you have multiple children in different platforms, you will need to attend one session for each platform.

August Orientation Sessions

  • Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m.

September Orientation Sessions

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

October Orientation Sessions

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

IMPORTANT: Keep an eye on your student's Class Connect Schedule. This is where you will see the Orientation show up on your student's schedule.

TIP: Plan to login/arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. This gives you some time in case you encounter a technology issue.

Get Ready for our Call!

Stay tuned to your email and voicemail for a Connection Call from your Strong Start Specialist and/or Homeroom Teacher.



Start reporting attendance on your 1st day of school. Please watch this training video on how to accurately log attendance for your student:

TIP: Keep a journal of all time spent in class connects, orientations, online and offline work so your student gets credit for all time spent. Attendance is entered manually by the Learning Coach. The video explains how to override and manually enter attendance.

Access to Classes

The state of North Carolina has a policy that applies only to virtual charter schools in calculating membership for funding purposes. Each child cannot be counted for funding until ALL classes have been started.

Students need to attend Class Connect sessions, work in the Online School (OLS) and record time worked online and offline for EACH of the assigned classes. Learning Coaches will then verify and log attendance hours daily.

K12 LIVE Walk to Class

Our K12 National Team is hosting live Walk to Class sessions. You can register to attend a live Walk to Class Session where you will learn more about the essentials to prepare for the new school year, including how to use the Online School and other getting started details. REGISTER at:


Help Videos

Regional Parent Groups

Regional Parent Groups: LCs Supporting LCs

It can be challenging to build connections with other Learning Coaches and Parents in the online community. Consider joining a Regional Parent Group!

  • Make new friends
  • Attend informal social activities outside of school
  • Share tips and tricks

For More information

Social Media

Please take advantage of opportunities to connect with the K12 and NCVA communities online and social media, via

K12 Support 1-866-512-2273

Contact K12 Support for Technical Support at 1-866-512-2273 or visit: . Representatives are available 24/7!