Academics

How do you hold classes online?

At ARISE Virtual Academy students will log in daily to their classes and complete the lessons that are due each day. Of course students can work ahead and complete classes early.

Are there learning activities outside of class?

Just like a traditional school, there are reading and writing assignments, projects, quizzes and, yes, tests. But unlike traditional schools, everything you need to study for those assignments is always available 24/7, from the very first day of class. There are also online extras like video simulations, discussion boards, blogs and wikis. That way you can learn where and when it works for you.

How does ARISE Virtual Academy personalize education?

ARISE Virtual Academy is committed to providing a truly individualized learning experience; one that's centered on your goals, academic strengths and unique learning style. During our first conference, a dedicated mentor will help you choose classes that meet your graduation needs and personal interests. Teachers are always available for one-on-one support. And because we cater course materials to your learning style, students can study in the way that works best for them- whether you need visuals, like lectures or prefer hands-on experiences.

Who helps students pick their classes?

ARISE Virtual Academy has mentors and a guidance counselor who are available to help you determine which classes will meet your graduation requirements and help you reach your long-term goals. We have an extensive course catalog to choose from.

Do students learn entirely on their own?

Absolutely not. Our teachers are working, teaching and conducting classes year-round. They also host open office hours where students can get extra help and receive personal attention. And school advisors and guidance counselors are on hand to help students stay on track.

Are ARISE Virtual Academy teachers state-certified?

All ARISE Virtual Academy teachers are fully licensed and state-certified by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. In addition, our teachers have in-service training, pursue professional development opportunities and collaborate with fellow educators from around the country to prepare and work with our ARISE Virtual Academy students.

And though they are all WI-licensed, they don't all live in Wisconsin. ARISE Virtual Academy hires and trains the best instructors, regardless of geography. Our faculty understand the nuances of teaching in a virtual setting and only lead classes in their areas of expertise. It's what allows us to provide the highest standard of education you'll find anywhere.

Will I receive one-on-one attention from my teachers?

Each teacher at ARISE Virtual Academy host open office hours each week. That way, students can get extra help and work one-on- one with instructors.

ARISE Virtual Academy teachers also stay in regular contact with every student via email, instant messaging and the occasional phone call.

Is there assistance for students with special needs or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

Students with special needs can do quite well at ARISE Virtual Academy. Every IEP student is assigned a special education teacher who will work closely with you and your family. Plus, IEP students who choose ARISE Virtual Academy have plenty of opportunities to work with both general education and special education teachers.

How much study time should I expect?

Each student will have at least two courses at one time. In some cases, perhaps four courses at one time. You will be expected to study about two to three hours every day, for every class you take. For most of our students, that adds up to about six hours a day (or 30 hours per week). This includes finishing reading assignments, typing up your homework, attending live lessons and joining discussion threads. Some students may put in a little more time; others will need a little less. Your teachers and advisors can help you develop time management skills and study habits that will help you succeed.

When can I study?

Your teachers will also regularly host open office hours where you can find extra help.

Then, there's studying. Course materials-including readings, discussion threads, wikis, videos and more-are available on our Learning Management System (LMS) twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. And those materials are available from the first day of class to the end of the semester. That means you can study whenever you want. You can even study ahead. And it doesn't matter if you're a night owl or an early riser.

Where can I study?

Wherever you want. Libraries, coffee shops, sprawled out on the couch or parked at the kitchen table. Course materials are always available, so you can take ARISE Virtual Academy with you anywhere. Even on family trips.

Do I have to stick to due dates or a class schedule?

Yes and no. There are due dates and deadlines and calendars for quizzes and tests. We've found that due dates help students stay on track and avoid surprises (not to mention end-of-the-semester cramming). But these target dates may be flexible; together, you and your teacher will find the schedule that works best.

What if I get sick and can't log in for a couple of days?

We ask parents to call us if their student gets sick, just like you would for a traditional school. Like them, we are able to excuse some absences. And because ARISE Virtual Academy is more flexible than a traditional elementary, middle or high school, students can make up their coursework on weekends and breaks.

Can ARISE Virtual Academy prepare me for life after graduation?

Whatever your post high school career goal may be, ARISE Virtual Academy is there with a full listing of course offerings and curriculum to get you to where you want to be.

Many ARISE Virtual Academy graduates go on to military service or become successful entrepreneurs. Your diploma can also open the door to fire or police academy training, apprenticeships, culinary schools, colleges ... the list goes on and on.

College-bound students may add honors and advance placement courses to their personalized curriculum and earn college credits while they're still in high school. Your guidance counselor will help you choose the right courses based on your goals and interests. They'll recommend extracurricular activities to help you stand out in the admissions crowd. They'll even be there when it's time to apply for college.

ARISE Virtual Academy students can take a variety of career courses specifically designed to help them prepare for- and eventually get-the job of their dreams. Some even offer college credit. Our vocational prep classes are organized by career cluster and include classes in healthcare, finance, business, hospitality and information technology.