HOW IT WORKS
Curious how online learning works?
With online learning, your child can learn at home, or wherever there's an internet connection, while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using Stride K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
What to Expect
What's my role as a parent?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. You'll spend time each day to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian cannot fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA)?
Any student in grades 7–12 who resides in Maine is eligible for full-time enrollment. Enrollment is limited for the 2020–2021 school year and may require a lottery to determine initial seat offers.
How many of my children can I enroll in MEVA?
Because MEVA provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades 7–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend MEVA?
MEVA is a public school, so there is no tuition. We provide Maine-certified teachers and instructional materials. Students and families will be responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
Maine Virtual Academy works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of 182 instructional days.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
We expect that students will spend about 50 to 70 percent of their school day online in grades 6–8, and 80+ percent in grades 9–12. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes traditional books, workbooks, and instructional materials.*
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, Stride K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.