How It Works (High School)
Work Completion Expectation
Focusing on student learning and academic growth will continue to be paramount at WIVA. While desiring to offer flexibility in our high school, we must also have accountability to offer every opportunity for student success. With this in mind, students need to recognize the importance of classroom pacing and published due dates and will need to complete their work based on those dates.
The course pacing calendar, with published due dates, will be followed in each classroom. However, for the purposes of Individualized Education Plans (special education), 504 Plans, and Student Improvement Plans, teachers have the professional discretion to alter the published pacing calendar based on individual student needs. Unless a prior arrangement is in place with your teacher(s) regarding your specific due dates, the published course pacing calendar will be utilized. This is a summary of the published plan (any alterations due to IEP, 504 and SIP will need to be prearranged with the student's teacher(s):
Final Due Dates
These dates, published and communicated in advance, indicate when missing work will be reflected as a permanent zero in the student gradebook. High school students are required to have past due assignments turned in on the FIRST and THIRD Sunday of each academic month.
E-mail is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to e-mails on a daily basis.
Attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. High school students are expected to spend 6 hours per course per week. A student who takes 5 courses and spends 6 hours per week on each one is devoting approximately 30 hours per week to his or her course work.
Teachers provide group assistance via online synchronous sessions called "ClassConnect." It is expected that students attend these sessions to meet with teachers and receive course assistance, tutoring and instruction. These sessions vary by subject and are scheduled by your teacher.
Our testing is purposeful and meaningful, and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. Below is a list of some of the assessments students will take over the course of the year. Not every test applies to every grade level. Check the Resources section for a list of the tests and the grades in which they are given, as well as the schedule on which they will be taken.
USA Test Prep
Students in high school will be required to participate in USA Test Prep assessments throughout the academic year. There are assessments in most classrooms – this includes a pre-test, interim(s), and finals (summative). Your student is required to participate to the best of their abilities on each of the assessments woven into their classroom on the day it is assigned.
This form of assessment is beneficial in assessing learning multiple times in the year which allows teachers to then adjust instruction to the benefit of the student(s). Rather than once at the beginning of the year and once at the end (done previously), USA Test Prep provides “real-time” data which is VERY helpful information in developing the child’s Individual Learning Plan.
Below is list of the state mandated tests, the respective grade levels associated with these tests, and the timeframes in which they will be given in the 2016–2017 school year.
ACT and ACT Workkeys
Grade 11—Spring 2017 ACT Plus Writing
Grade 11—Spring 2017 ACT Workkeys
Grade 9 and 10—Spring 2017 Assessment Window