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NCVPS FAQs

Contents

  1. 1 Contact Information
    1. 1.1 Who is the district contact for NCVPS?
    2. 1.2 Who should a student contact if he/she has questions about their NCVPS course after enrollment?
  2. 2 Courses
    1. 2.1 What are the courses offered by NCVPS?
    2. 2.2 Are there additional course options not listed in the NCVPS course catalog?
    3. 2.3 Are there courses offered by NCVPS that are not open to students enrolled in CHCCS schools?
    4. 2.4 What NCVPS courses are available for Middle Schoolers?
    5. 2.5 Are there NCVPS courses available for credit recovery during the summer or fall/spring school terms?
    6. 2.6 Who can enroll in an NCVPS course?
    7. 2.7 Can a student drop out of a NCVPS course?
  3. 3 Credits Toward Graduation
    1. 3.1 Do students earn graduation credit for NCVPS courses?
    2. 3.2 Can students earn credit through online courses offered via a third party vendor outside NCVPS?
  4. 4 Enrollment/Registration
    1. 4.1 What does the Board Policy say about enrolling in online courses?
    2. 4.2 How many NCVPS courses can a student enroll in during the summer?
    3. 4.3 How much does it cost to enroll in an NCVPS course?
    4. 4.4 When is the registration window for NCVPS?
    5. 4.5 What is the process for enrolling in an NCVPS course?
    6. 4.6 If the class is full, can I be waitlisted for a course?
    7. 4.7 Can a rising 9th grader enroll in NCVPS courses for High School credit?
  5. 5 Grades
    1. 5.1 How and when will grades be reported when taking a NCVPS course?
  6. 6 Preparing for Your Online Courses
    1. 6.1 What are the characteristics of a successful online learner?
    2. 6.2 How to I acquire my NCVPS username and password?
    3. 6.3 When do students work on their NCVPS course(s)?
    4. 6.4 What is the typical workload of an NCVPS Student?
    5. 6.5 Does a student have to take an End of Course (EOC) exam or AP exam when taking an online course?
    6. 6.6 Who do I contact for NCVPS technical support issues?
    7. 6.7 Student FAQs
    8. 6.8 Parent FAQs
Contact Information

Who is the district contact for NCVPS?

Debby Atwater, Director of Digital Learning and Libraries, datwater@chccs.k12.nc.us or 919-967-8211 x 28252

Who should a student contact if he/she has questions about their NCVPS course after enrollment?

Students should contact their school counselor with any questions about NCVPS.  If the counselor needs any clarification, he/she can contact the school Online Learning Coordinator.  

Courses

What are the courses offered by NCVPS?

Please refer to the NCVPS Course Catalog and choose Fall, Spring or Summer. While planning, please also refer to the NCVPS course descriptions/prerequisites, textbooks/materials, and tech requirements document.  

Are there additional course options not listed in the NCVPS course catalog?

  1. NCVPS must first pre-approve all additional online vendor courses.   The cost of a non-NCVPS course (approved by NCVPS) will be the responsibility of the student’s parents/family.   List of the approved vendors   

  2. Per Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ Board Policies 3101 and 3101-R (Options to Earn Course Credits for Graduation), all non-NCVPS courses must be pre-approved by the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services PRIOR to enrollment then approved by the School Principal to ensure its compliance with the student’s graduation plan.

Are there courses offered by NCVPS that are not open to students enrolled in CHCCS schools?

If the same course is available within your CHCCS school and the course can fit within your class schedule, you must take the CHCCS face-to-face course rather than the NCVPS course.

What NCVPS courses are available for Middle Schoolers?

http://www.ncvps.org/index.php/high-school-courses-for-middle-school-students/

Are there NCVPS courses available for credit recovery during the summer or fall/spring school terms?

NCVPS Credit Recovery course list

CHCCS offers courses both in NCVPS and Apex Learning for credit recovery.  Apex Learning classes are monitored and supported by the school’s Online Learning Coordinator, while the NCVPS courses are taught by an NCVPS teacher.

Who can enroll in an NCVPS course?

Middle school students may take a Math or World language NCVPS course if the principal gives prior approval only if the course is required to continue a sequence, but is not available for a student to take during the school year. The course must be an approved course for our district middle schools. Students may NOT take an NCVPS course for acceleration.

High school students may enroll in a NCVPS course as part of their academic course load or in addition to their academic course load with principal approval. Students may NOT take an NCVPS course for acceleration.

Can a student drop out of a NCVPS course?

Yes, the 10th day is the last day you can drop a course.  First, contact your school counselor to inform them of your decision then he/she will communicate with the school Online Coordinator to drop you from the NCVPS course. Any student in a traditional course still on the roster after the 10th day will receive a grade for the course.  After the 10th day, credit recovery students will receive a pass/fail grade.     

Please note:  If a student does not login during the first 7 days, NCVPS will automatically drop you from the course.

Credits Toward Graduation

Do students earn graduation credit for NCVPS courses?

Yes.  High school graduation credit is granted.  Students may earn standard, honors, or  
Advanced Placement (AP) or Occupational Course of Study credit for completion of coursework in NCVPS, as they would for coursework taken in a classroom at their school.  Grades from NCVPS coursework are part of the student’s transcript.

Can students earn credit through online courses offered via a third party vendor outside NCVPS?

Yes, if the course and vendor meet the following criteria:

  1. The online course and vendor has been vetted and approved via NCVPS.  You can view the white paper explaining the NCVPS approval process here.
    OR

  2. The course is taught by a professor within the UNC system institution, an institution in the North Carolina Community College System, or a regionally accredited college.

Enrollment/Registration

What does the Board Policy say about enrolling in online courses?

Board Policy 3101 and 3101-R outlines the school district’s policy regarding student enrollment in the NCVPS.



Per Board Policy 3101/3101-R, High school students may enroll in NCVPS courses only under the following conditions:
a. the course is not offered in the district’s curriculum;
b. or the course is offered in the district’s curriculum, but not at a student’s school;
c. or there is a scheduling conflict. Scheduling conflicts are defined as any conflict that prevents a student from graduating on time or prevents a student from being promoted to the next grade level.

How many NCVPS courses can a student enroll in during the school year?

A high school student may enroll in one course during the instructional year (August – June).  Students may not enroll in more than seven (7) courses during the instructional year, including NCVPS courses.  

How many NCVPS courses can a student enroll in during the summer?

High school students and rising ninth graders may only enroll in one course during the summer.

How much does it cost to enroll in an NCVPS course?

CHCCS will pay the enrollment fee for all NCVPS provided courses. This is not the case for third-party providers.  If a student chooses to take a course via an NCVPS approved third-party vendor, the student’s family is responsible for the cost of course.

When is the registration window for NCVPS?

To see the full NCVPS calendar, click here

Fall/Spring - The last day to add/drop Traditional Semester and Year long courses is the first Friday of September.

Summer - The last day to add a summer course is the 3rd Friday of June.

What is the process for enrolling in an NCVPS course?

  1. First, refer to the NCVPS course catalog to see if your desired course if offered.

  2. Next, contact your school counselor to make a NCVPS course request and ensure the following:

    1. The course is not already taught within your school

    2. Your schedule will permit you to take a NCVPS course

    3. You have met all required course prerequisites

    4. The course is in compliance with the graduation plan

    5. You are prepared to take an online class within a virtual learning environment.

  3. Once reviewed and approved and approved by the school principal or principal designee, the counselor will collaborate with the school’s Online Learning Coordinator who will pre-register the student within NCVPS. Please note that NCVPS registration opens during the month of March for the following academic year.

  4. High school students may enroll in 1-2 NCVPS courses per academic year (a student may have no more than 7 total courses per academic year including NCVPS courses) or 1 per summer term (not intended for acceleration toward graduation). Examples:

    1. A student with a course load of 6 face-to-face classes is eligible to enroll in 1 NCVPS course for that academic year.

    2. A student with a course load of 5 face-to-face classes is eligible to enroll in 2 NCVPS courses for that academic year.

  5. Middle School students may only enroll in Math or World Languages courses that follow the next course in your course sequence if the course will NOT be available in the student's school.

If the class is full, can I be waitlisted for a course?

Yes, your counselor and Online Learning Coordinator can request that you be enrolled in the course, but if the sections are full, you will be waitlisted until new sections are opened. If new sections are not opened within the first 10 days of the semester, students will not move off the waitlist.

Can a rising 9th grader enroll in NCVPS courses for High School credit?

If you want to receive high school credit, rising 9th grade students are eligible to enroll in 1 NCVPS summer course if the course follows the following criteria:

a. the course is not offered in the district’s curriculum;
b. or the course is offered in the district’s curriculum, but will not be available at the student’s high school;
c. or there is a scheduling conflict. Scheduling conflicts are defined as any conflict that prevents a student from graduating on time or prevents a student from being promoted to the next grade level.

Rising 9th grade students in a NCVPS summer course will take the EOC test after completing the course at the high school they will attend the following year. NCVPS courses are NOT to be used as a means for course acceleration.

Grades

How and when will grades be reported when taking a NCVPS course?

To track your progress during the course, each course instructor will maintain an online gradebook in your course (via Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard).  


A student’s progress will also be monitored by the local school Online Coordinator and the final grade will be sent to the local school’s Online Coordinator and posted into your gradebook via Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard) and transferred into PowerSchool.

Preparing for Your Online Courses

What are the characteristics of a successful online learner?

NCVPS offers the these suggestions to ensure success as an online learner 


What are the steps for preparing for my NCVPS course?

You can refer to NCVPS’s Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students to prepare for your course(s).

How to I acquire my NCVPS username and password?

Once enrolled in the course and the term has begun, the school’s Online Learning Coordinator will provide each student with a username (the Powerschool ID Number) and password.

When do students work on their NCVPS course(s)?

In most cases, a student’s class schedule will include a class period to work on their NCVPS course within the school’s Online Learning Lab.  Please consult with your counselor who can help you review your class schedule within the PowerSchool Student Information System. If a student is enrolled in 7 face-to-face courses during the school day, the student is responsible for completing the course at a time beyond their course schedule.

Each online learning lab is managed by the Online Learning Coordinator who oversees each student’s course progression, quiz and test dates, and collaborates with each student’s NCVPS online teacher to ensure he or she is on task and will complete the course by the end of the semester or school year.  


Each online learning lab has desktops or laptops available for students to use or a student may bring in their own device to take the course.  Please note:  Many courses require a device that can install software applications and plug-ins required by the Blackboard, Moodle, or Canvas Learning Management systems. See the NCVPS Technology Requirements page for more information.

What is the typical workload of an NCVPS Student?

According to NCVPS, a student may expect the following workload:

Yearlong courses: 50-60 minutes of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday.

Fall and spring block courses: 90 minutes of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday.

Summer School: 3-5 hours of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday. You must have daily access to the Internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the Internet.

Weekends:  Just like in traditional school, you may have homework over the weekend. NCVPS does not have any due dates on weekends, but you may need to study for a test, read your novel, or work on a project.

Does a student have to take an End of Course (EOC) exam or AP exam when taking an online course?

Yes. If you are in an EOC or CTE course, check with your Online Learning Coordinator to see when you will take your EOC or CTE test. Those tests will be administered by your local school and count at least 20% of your final grade

How do students take the EOC, VOCAT, CTE, or AP exam once they complete the course? 

These exams are scheduled and delivered by the student’s local middle or high school where the student is currently enrolled. Students should speak to their school counselor and Online Learning Coordinator to make arrangements for taking the required exam. NOTE: If you are enrolled in a CTE course, your Online Learning Coordinator must enroll you in the Elements program in order for you to be tested. Please check with your ELA to make sure you are enrolled in the Elements program.

Who do I contact for NCVPS technical support issues?

Contact your school's Online Coordinator, your instructor, or the Virtual Support Center.

Is there a tutoring service for NCVPS?

Yes, any NCVPS student may access the NCVPS Peer Tutoring Center
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