In May 2006, the SCDE established the SCVSP — South Carolina Virtual School Program model to explore the viability of online education for the state. The trial was developed to provide the SCDE with the chance to check its virtual education course control system (Blackboard), enrollment scheme, and quality guarantee measure. The test gave the SCDE a chance to assess the need for and reaction to the coursework within the state, with the SCDE’s power in supporting new creativities—such as high school reform and adult edification—and in meeting governmental directives to give all schoolchildren, access to high-grade teaching.
The SCVSP model sustained till July 2007, with cooperation from resident school areas, professional and technological instruction, adult schooling, and higher education to increase the number of materials and offer a wide range of subjects for South Carolina pupils. Assisting in the course was a project consultative group, composed of SCDE staff and region- and school-level instructors from the pilot sites, charged with revising investigation on virtual education, records from other state online courses, and advice from the pilot sites to improve guidelines and processes for the SCVSP. In December 2007 the SBE ratified the SCVSP Guidelines, which directed the project execution.
In June 2013, the «Expanded Virtual Learning Act» was approved and detached the caps on the credit numbers a learner may receive in one year. A pupil can get limitless credit units via the SCVSP. Moreover, the legislation permitted a program name alteration to set it apart as a supplemental state distance-education program.
In August 2014, the South Carolina Online School Program was legitimately retitled VirtualSC.
Starting from the beginning of the coursework, VirualSC has provided South Carolina pupils access to online courses offered for a primary unit of high school credit. Moreover, it has enabled access to content recovery courses for pupils who have not gained credit for a lesson taken earlier or for pupils who have been defined as not expected to gain credit for a subject in which the schoolchild is presently registered.
MISSION: To offer schoolchildren of South Carolina with flexible and demanding distance learning prospects that will aid them in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and features essential for university and career readiness.
- The learner should be responsible for all his decisions.
- Integrity, morality, and respect are principal in all aspects of SC’s procedures.
- Lessons must be attractive and cooperative with demanding standard content to meet the various learning needs of the children.
- Schoolchildren, parents, and supporters should be motivated participants in the procedure.
- All schoolchildren, guardians, lecturers, and sponsors are responsible for their role in the learning process.
- Constant assessment is vital to program development.
- Focus on the particular success of each pupil and tailor training to the child’s learning needs.
- Provide learners with availability to Advanced Placement™ and specified courses, which might not be provided at their conventional school.
- Provide an option to learners who cannot finish their high schooling without adapted alternatives, i.e. athletes with training circumstances, learners with handicaps or health issues, etc.
- Arrange credit retrieval courses for learners.
- Provide learners with 21st-century training to teach them to survive in the modern world of opportunities.
How Does VirtualSC Work?
VirtualSC is a supplemental distance education program. It offers free courses to teenagers in grades 7-12 who are registered and sponsored by a South Carolina high school.
The program does not provide a daily presence requirement and you are able to take a limitless number of subjects, as long as they are permitted by your school. The courses are accessible 24/7 throughout each semester. Your child can fill in his VirtualSC schedule at fitting times.
Currently, VirtualSC is not diploma-granting coursework; credits gained by means of VirtualSC courses will be documented on n certified transcript by your supporting school.
Initial credit core courses offered by VirtualSC are approved by the NCAA for learners planning to play NCAA sports in university. A complete list of VirtualSC approved courses can be found on the NCAA webpage.
Upon completion of a VirtualSC course, the sponsor high school includes the sanctioned VirtualSC grade report with the certified school transcript when it is sent to the NCAA. Homeschooling students should contact VirtualSC Student Services to fulfill this request.
Student Code of Conduct
Although the school’s classroom environment is virtual, the behavior standards are as important as they are in traditional schools. Therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected. To make sure that all VirtualSC (VSC) students understand how to behave in a virtual environment, the school has developed a code of conduct that all schoolchildren are required to follow. This code of conduct addresses student contact with VSC faculty, personnel, and other students, and their individual actions.
Reasons why you should choose VirtualSC?
Courses are available 24/7 to fit the needs of learners with active lifestyles. Credit Recovery subjects are available to earn credit for failed courses. Learners may take courses to catch up, get ahead or fill a spot in their timetable. Syllabuses are aligned to national and state standards developed and delivered by SC-certified educators.
- VirtualSC’s program serves pupils currently attending schools in grades 7-. Courses are offered at no charge to the child, the parent, or the school.
- Learning Solutions for Schools
- VirtualSC offers schools in South Carolina custom solutions to help meet the requirements of each district’s varied populations.
- VirtualSC offers five registration periods throughout the fall, spring and summer semesters.
- Student Advisory Board
- VirtualSC will begin welcoming formal learner input through the Student Advisory Board. To enroll for the next term, contact the office.