Myths About Online Schools

MYTH: My child will spend all day staring at a computer.

FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K–5 lessons are taught online. The rest of the K–5 curriculum relies on printed and hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and telescopes. At the middle school level, students' online workload increases, and by high-school, students will spend nearly their entire school day online.

MYTH: Attending Tennessee Virtual Academy or Tennessee Virtual High School requires less effort. 

FACT: Students will need to spend about four to six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on their grade level. Although students in grades K–5 can master subjects at their own pace, middle school and high school students are expected to keep up with their cohort class and will have required quizzes, tests, and other assignments. As public school students, all students are required to take part in state-mandated testing.

MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.

FACT: Tennessee Virtual Academy and Tennessee Virtual High School are public school programs that happen to operate outside a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Tennessee. The K12 curriculum was developed by experienced educators and provides your student with a quality education.