Our courses offer flexible, personalized learning experiences. By maintaining an asynchronous model, students move through their courses at their own pace, ensuring they are able to take the time they need to understand concepts or work with their teacher if they hit roadblocks. Our courses also incorporate plenty of choice, allowing students to submit work in a variety of mediums or formats to communicate their ideas.
In addition to the accommodations built into the courses, Christian Virtual School can (and will) implement the accommodations that are listed in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Such accommodations will be applicable to the online learning environment. Common accommodations in the environment are reducing the workload, simplifying tasks and materials, providing extra time for tests and exams, allowing scribing or the use of specialized equipment, and not deducting marks for spelling or comparable mechanical errors. If a student does not have an IEP, similar accommodations may still be made in special circumstances but do require documentation from a consulting physician or other qualified professional.
Our mission includes the removal of barriers to Christian education, and accessibility is at the forefront of this initiative. As we continue to improve our framework, please do not hesitate to reach out about your family’s needs to help us prioritize our development.
English Language Learners
Although all our courses are offered only in English at this time, Christian Virtual School welcomes students learning the English language. Students do need to meet a baseline proficiency level to have access to the content, but Christian Virtual School teachers are responsible for helping students develop their English literacy skills in all courses.
Upon enrollment, students are asked if they would like to provide information about their English language background, and this information is used by our teachers to help them adjust their feedback and suggest accommodations within the courses. English language learners are encouraged to reach out to their teachers or to the Christian Virtual School administration to talk about accommodation options in their courses.
In addition, Christian Virtual School provides all of our students access to ReadSpeaker within our courses. This provides support to ELL students by:
- providing a text-to-speech application that allows students to choose between reading the content and listening to it;
- allowing for adjustable reading speeds to help with comprehension;
- utilizing a built-in translation tool to help students with unfamiliar words;
- utilizing a built-in dictionary to help students with unfamiliar words; and
- supporting writing by providing word prediction, spell check, dictation options, and text read back within the learning environment.