Frequently Asked Questions

We have a very diverse population of students who have a variety of unique situations and/or schedules.  If you don’t see an answer to your question here, please contact Laura Farwell (laura.farwell@oxfordschools.org).

  1. Where is a list of virtual class offerings? (Including vendor for each class.) The list is on the website. Links and passwords to view demo sites are given to parents upon enrollment and to inquiring families.

  2. How do families choose their classes?  Parents are to indicate full or part time at enrollment, lists of available classes and samples are supplied. If possible, all full-time/dual/OTSC students meet with Counselor at enrollment. Otherwise, an appointment for in-person or phone conference is scheduled. Part-time students may choose own courses based on guidelines set by OVA. Transcripts are very helpful initially and then required.

  3. How do families register for classes?  Please see our Current Student Course Registration. You are encouraged to register for both semesters at the start of the year with the ability to make changes to the second semester as it approaches. Dual enrollment classes will not be funded without college registration submitted before start of semester. Please see the 2018/2019 Dual Enrollment Checklist.

  4. When should families register for second semester classes in order to be sure to have access by the beginning of the semester?  Current students: Notified of registration deadlines for each semester. New families: Upon completion of enrollment.

  5. Can students access classes earlier if they would like? Students are guaranteed access to classes as of the start date of the semester. Some programs may be accessible earlier. New enrollees may start late depending on the date of enrollment and the semester start date.

  6. What happens if the child does not like a class? Online classes can ONLY be changed within our add/drop period (5 days after the start of the semester.) We suggest that you begin working right away in your courses to get a feel for them. Requests for adds or drops will not be granted after the add/drop period. All virtual classes have a 1 semester commitment, and partnership classes with a lab component may be subject to penalties from the group for course changes.

  7. How are typical online courses structured? Each vendor is different, as virtual programs are designed for different learning styles.  We have demo classes available to allow families to browse sample course content.  Please email laura.farwell@oxfordschools.org or your mentor teacher for demo account information.

  8. How much time per day do online classes require?  OVA's recommendation is 1 hour each day for every online course you take, 5 days per week. This is an average, and it is the same with core and elective courses. Some elementary courses may require less online time.

  9. Which vendors seem to be a good fit for which students?  All students have different learning styles so students should explore demos with their parents to determine the best fit. Families can also contact their assigned mentor teacher for assistance.

  10. Will families that are currently not enrolled with OVA have the chance to register for next semester?  Open enrollment information is published on our website. Spring enrollment is early January for a 2-week window and for limited grade levels; Fall open enrollment for all grades begins in March. Once the paperwork has been fully processed and an enrollment appointment is complete, an email will be sent to notify parents when and how to register for classes.

  11. Do any of the classes come with books or other off-line materials? All classes grades K-5 have hands-on activities/books; Some classes grades 6-12 have additional materials.

  12. Can final exams be taken at home? Students in grades 9-12 MUST take all of their final exams at our Secondary Learning Lab, located at 176 S. Washington St, Oxford, MI. Middle school students can take their finals at home, and elementary students do not have final exams.

  13. What is a Mentor Teacher and what is the weekly contact all about? Mentors are your “go to” people. They serve as counselor and coach to help students navigate their online classes, solve problems, offer encouragement, and check progress. Three-way weekly communication between student and mentor is required by the state.

  14. What is a Content Teacher?  Content Teachers are highly qualified teachers who support the student in each class. They are the teacher of the online course and they handle content related questions. Students will hear from content teachers weekly but are NOT required to reply. They are available to answer questions during their weekly office hours and they email students every week to remind them of their services and desire to help each student succeed.

  15. Can a full-time student take the M-Step at an off-site location? M-Step testing details are emailed to all parents with all schedules well ahead of the testing dates. Students will be notified of all testing dates and location offerings.  

  16. How is grading handled for online courses?  Content Teachers report the grades to the Mentor Teacher. The Mentor Teacher then has the final say on the student's grades. They may give opportunity for revision or extra credit/additional activities and do work with each student and family.