Online Middle School Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Middle School – Grades 7 & 8

In our Online Middle School program, students in Grades 7 and 8 receive live online instruction and use an online learning system to complete lessons and turn in assignments. Students receive a free school-issued Chromebook, a $1,500 budget for enrichment activities, events, 1:1 teacher support, and more.

In Online Middle School, students receive online instruction directly from credentialed teachers. Parents are not responsible for providing direct instruction like they are in the Home School Academy. All students use an online curriculum platform that is supported by Visions teachers. Because curriculum and technology will be provided, students will have access to $1,500 in instructional funds. Home School Academy students receive $3,000 because they must purchase curriculum, it is not provided like in Online Middle School.

Yes, Online Middle School students complete classes and assignments online. Students also meet with their teacher on a regular basis for personalized instruction. Every week students are also provided with additional group classes to provide academic support.

Online Middle School students complete classes, classwork, and learning assessments online with their teacher’s support. Teacher meetings are conducted online and students complete school assignments at home.

Students attend regularly scheduled live online classes and complete classwork from a standards-based curriculum through our online system. They receive support from their teacher and are responsible for:

  • completing assignments weekly on their own time, 
  • meeting with their teacher every other week, 
  • and contacting their teacher for further support as needed.

Counselors meet with students to offer support and to ensure students are on track academically. Teachers will provide progress updates regularly and schedule meetings with parents and guardians to discuss student progress.

Students will be able to transition between programs at semester and end of year. Due to the significant disruption to a student’s instruction that comes from changing programs mid-semester, we will not be able to accommodate changes at other times.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program requires that all public schools in California administer standardized tests designated by the California State Board of Education to all students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. All students are expected to participate in standardized testing. Students are typically scheduled to complete these tests at various locations throughout our nine-county service area or online.

Learning Assessments provide valuable information to students, and teachers. This vital information enables students, teachers and parents to understand what our students already know and what they are ready to learn next. These learning assessments are a critical component in developing their personalized learning plan. Assessments are administered using Curriculum Associates (iReady). Learning Assessments will be referenced in the student’s Master Agreement and will be administered to all Visions students.

Visions students enjoy all the social opportunities other middle school students have and many more. These include field trips, regional events, student clubs and extracurricular writing classes. Activities vary by grade, but all students are given opportunities to socialize and make new friends.

Students have access to hundreds of approved vendors that provide services like karate, music, coding, art, horseback riding and more. Each year Online Middle School students are provided a $1,500 budget to explore their interests and learn outside of school.

We support students with special needs through a variety of programs, including Response to Intervention (RTI), 504 plans, and special education. Response to Intervention (RtI): The Visions In Education RtI team meets weekly to recommend intervention supports for struggling students. 504 Plans: 504 plans protect and support students who have a disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Special Education: As a public school, Visions In Education (VIE) provides special education (IEP) and related services (speech, OT, PT, counseling) to students who qualify. The service delivery model at Visions is different than in other educational settings. Your student’s credentialed teacher and the Special Education Department will always work with you to make progress toward student goals within our program. We look forward to working together as a team to create an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide educational benefit for your student. Once your student is enrolled, a special education teacher will contact you and an interim Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be held within 30 days from the start of the school year to ensure that the best possible supports are in place for your student’s success.

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