Is V-School a Homeschool?
No, but we are a great public school alternative! MNPS Virtual School is an accredited public school within Metro Nashville Public Schools. Certified MNPS teachers oversee each of our courses, and students who graduate from MNPS Virtual School earn a Tennessee high school diploma. Content is provided online, and students can work from home; however, they can also work anywhere they have an Internet connection and a reliable device.
Does V-School Have Open Enrollment?
We have windows for enrollment at the beginning of each semester (Fall and Spring), with an application deadline and an interview process to help ensure a smooth transition.
What is Full-Time Enrollment?
Full-Time refers to students whose primary enrollment is MNPS Virtual School. A full-time student must take five (5) to six (6) courses per semester and meet all preliminary enrollment eligibility requirements.
What is Part-Time Enrollment?
Part-Time refers to students whose primary enrollment is at another school location--besides MNPS Virtual School. A part-time student can take between one (1) and three (3) courses per semester. These enrollment decisions require the approval of the student’s primary school of enrollment, and the registration form is completed with assistance from the student’s school counselor or administrator.
I Do Not Currently Attend a MNPS School and/or I Live Outside of Davidson County. Can I Attend V-School?
Yes! MNPS Virtual School is an option for all students, grades six (6) through twelve (12), who reside in Tennessee. While the majority of our students live in the greater Nashville area and Middle Tennessee, we still enroll students from across the state. Transferring from another public school, or transferring from an accredited private, online, or homeschool program, is ideal for high school level students. As with any other public school, high school level credits will only transfer from other accredited schools recognized by the Tennessee State Department of Education. Non-public school category information can be found on the Department's website and at the following link: https://www.tn.gov/education/school-options/non-public-schools/non-public-school-categories.html
What Does V-School Cost?
Full-Time enrollment incurs no fees. We are a free public school within Metro Nashville Public Schools. For part-time students within MNPS, courses are free as long as they fit into the student’s regular day schedule at their primary school of enrollment. For non-MNPS and out-of-county part-time students, courses do incur a seat fee per half-credit course.
How Do I Sign-up for V-School?
For full-time enrollment, the first step is to fill out the online application form found under the “enroll’ tab of the website. MNPS Virtual School staff will contact you via email regarding next steps. For part-time enrollment, please contact your current school counselor for initial registration information and to discuss course options.
When Do I Have to Login to My Classes?
Anytime! We are an asynchronous online school specializing in student-led independent learning. Curriculum and coursework are housed in an Internet based learning management system (Schoology), so students have 24/7 access to classes.
Do Students Have to Physically Attend V-School for Any On-Campus Requirements?
Yes--rarely but sometimes. While daily work can be completed remotely, there are a few instances that require a student’s physical presence at MNPS Virtual School. Some examples include New Student Orientation, semester final exams, and State TNReady assessments. MNPS Virtual School provides a detailed calendar with all mandatory events outlined--in advance--so families can best prepare for these events.
Can I Work at My Own Pace?
Yes and No. Yes: Weekly due dates allow students the freedom to work on their classes in any order and for any amount of time each day/week. Students create their own schedules, and need to account for all work due by the Friday deadline. When finished with weekly requirements, students are free to get ahead in any or all classes, and/or enjoy a break to focus on non-academic activities. No: MNPS Virtual School attendance is equated to progress in all assigned courses. While MNPS Virtual School allows students to move more quickly through a course, we also have a minimum pace. Students must work at or above the minimum pace in order to avoid getting behind. Students who are failing, due to lack of progress, face truancy concerns and possible transition out of MNPS Virtual School.
Are There Teachers to Help Me?
Yes! A highly qualified MNPS teacher is assigned to each course. Teachers facilitate learning and provide feedback and support as needed. They grade student work and conduct end of module check-ins with students called Discussion Based Assessments (DBAs). Even though there is no live instruction piece, teachers are eager to assist any way possible to ensure student success.
Are There Any Books?
No! All materials are housed in the learning management system (Schoology). We encourage students to have basic school supplies like binders, planners, and writing utensils so they can take notes and stay organized. Students can also print off many of the online materials should they deem it beneficial to their learning styles.
Are There Any Social/Educational Activities?
Yes! We host and promote several events throughout the school year. While these events are voluntary, we strongly encourage students to participate in any activities or clubs that may interest them. Some examples include our Fall Family Cook-out, the Outlet student meetings, and even Prom!
Is There Tutoring?
Yes! Math tutoring has a set schedule throughout the school year and is open to all full-time students. In other subjects, teachers typically have one-on-one support sessions with students as needed. These conversations can take place via email, phone, text, Skype, and/or FaceTime. If face-to-face tutoring is requested, we can work with the respective teacher or our full-time staff to ensure proper student support.
How Do You Complete PE Online?
? Believe it or not, you can take PE online! Our Physical Education requirement is met through our Lifetime Wellness course. Built into Lifetime Wellness (Fall and Spring) are additional physical activity components and workout logs. Requirements include fitness tests and logging a certain number of physical activity hours, which can range from sports team practices to walking your dog. Students must complete these requirements alongside their other wellness and nutrition curriculum to earn the full credit
How Do You Complete Science Labs/Experiments Online?
MNPS Virtual School incorporates several methods into the online experience to ensure students can be successful in our science courses. Videos, tutorials, and games, along with experiments that utilize common household products for hands-on options, are crucial components of science courses. On occasion, science v-teachers may also offer lab day activities at VS for hands-on experiences. Students can also inquire about opportunities through local colleges and universities, which offer state-of-the-art equipment.
What Kind of Device Do I Need?
It is ideal to have a reliable laptop or desktop computer. PCs and MACs are both compatible. Tablets, iPads, and even smart phones can be used for small, simple tasks or for checking grades and teacher feedback. However, they are not ideal for completing assignments; a fully functioning device is best for utilizing all features of the learning management system (Schoology). Also, assignments need to be submitted using standard software to ensure teachers can open attached files (i.e. Microsoft Word or PowerPoint instead of Mac’s Pages or Keynote). All MNPS students are provided with a Microsoft 365 email account with access to the full Microsoft Office Suite.
What Types of Students Find Success at V-School?
While students seek fulltime enrollment for many different reasons, our most successful students have the following characteristics in common: superior time-management skills, excellent communication skills, awesome self-advocacy skills, and fantastic intrinsic motivational skills. Students must be able to stay on-task and have the desire to perform at their full potential. In no way is VS easier than traditional schools; in reality, it can be much more difficult. However, MNPS Virtual School has the flexibility many families seek while still providing the necessary supports and resources for student success.
What If I Enroll and Realize V-School is Not the Best Educational Environment for Me?
Online learning is not the best fit for all students. Sometimes you do not know until you try it. We are a choice program, and students can transfer out of VS to another program at any time during the school year. However, there are ideal times to transition, and we encourage you to contact VS staff immediately if you have reservations about continuing with fulltime enrollment. Our full-time team is happy to discuss options and steps necessary to ensure a smooth transfer.
Is There a Summer Option?
Yes! We offer a Summer Success Program every year. The program runs for 4 weeks during the month of June, and students can sign up for 1 half-credit (0.5) course. This is a great way for students to get ahead or to make sure they stay on-track for graduation. Please see our website for more details!