General FAQs

What grades are offered by the Lawrence Virtual School?

For the 2015-2016 school year, LVS will be enrolling K-12 students.

What subjects will my child study?

Language arts, math, science, and history are the core courses. Music, art, and world languages are offered as electives for grades K-8. A full academic program for grades 9-12 is also offered by LVHS.

Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?

Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.

Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?

Yes, we are a public school in Kansas, and students can earn a diploma through Lawrence School District based upon successful completion and mastery of course content.

Can my child work at his or her own pace?

The K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Students are expected to achieve a year's academic growth in a year's time.

How much time do students spend on the computer?

We expect that students will spend no more than 20-25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades, and progressively more as they advance through the higher grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hnads-on instructional materials.

What does it cost to attend the Lawrence Virtual School?

Since we are public school program of the Lawrence School District, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as school supplies), as well as an annual $97 technology and instructional materials fee for grades K-12 (may be waived based on committee review).

Do you provide curriculum and support for special needs children?

Extensive support is available for students with special needs and exceptionalities, driven by veteran staff dedicated specifically to these students Depending on a child's IEP, we can also tailor our curriculum to meet your child's needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact us at 785.832.5620.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

We offer a gifted and talented program, which is a supplemental program that focuses on meeting the needs of accelerated students. This unique program was designed to meet the social and emotional needs of gifted students by creating opportunities not only in areas of intense interest, but also to provide opportunities to work with other students.

How do students interact socially?

Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, skate parks, zoos, clubs, student government, dances, and even graduation ceremonies. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together in their areas on a regular basis. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.

Will this program intrude into my home?

There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw your child at any time.