Summer School Essentials FAQ

Who may register for online Summer School classes?
High school students with a parent/guardian who resides in Virginia Beach may register. Middle school students are not generally eligible for high school courses and must seek individual approval through school counselors and middle school principals before registering for an online course.

How do I determine if online learning is for me?
Visit our page “Is Online Learning for Me?” where families will find help to decide if the online learning environment is appropriate for your student.

How many online Summer School courses may I take?
Each online Summer School course requires approximately 25 hours of work per week. We recommend that no one attempt more than two summer school courses, whether face-to-face, online, or a combination. Even a two-course load makes it difficult for most students to succeed.

Can I take an online course during summer school if my family has planned an extended family vacation (a week or more)?
The experience of many families is clear; THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA! Students who plan to be away during parts of the online course find it hard to successfully complete it. Even if you plan to continue working in the course while away, unexpected technical problems or time conflicts can make online work impossible. Virginia Beach Digital Campus courses are not built so that the student can "work ahead" before vacations or "catch up" after returning. All our online courses have weekly deadlines. Our teachers are not required to structure individual course calendars to accommodate vacations and extended student commitments.

Is it possible to withdraw from an online class and get a refund of the summer school tuition?
A refund is available ONLY if you withdraw before the first day of class. Requests for refunds must be made by e-mail. Because teachers must be hired in advance, no refunds will be honored after that date.

Have a question about online learning? Please call 757.263.6850 or e-mail.