VIBE Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What grades are offered by the VIBE Online School?
A: VIBE serves students in grades K-12.
Q: What subjects will my child study?
A: Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Music, World Languages, and Art are all available. Kindergarten students receive Math, Language Arts, and History materials. A full academic program for grades 9-12 is also offered by VIBE Academy.
Q: Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
A: Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. (K-8 may have more materials sent to the students directly and 9-12 curriculum will be primarily digital materials).
Q: Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
A: Yes, we are a public school in Minnesota, so students can earn a diploma through ISD 518 Worthington based upon successful completion and mastery of course content and required state requirements.
Q: Can my child work at his or her own pace?
A: 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. (176 school days)
Q: How much time do students spend on the computer?
A: We expect that students will spend all of their time on the computer in the early grades. Digital curriculum helps us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Digital curriculum and assignments act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. Computers 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 hands-on instructional materials.
Q: What does it cost to attend VIBE Online School?
A: Since VIBE is a public school program of District 518 Worthington, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
Q: Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
A: Depending on a child’s IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your child’s needs. To discuss your child’s needs with us, please contact VIBE Principal at (507) 372-1605.
Q: Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
A: At VIBE, both Stride and Venture Upward curriculum are designed to meet the needs of a variety of students, not only in intense areas of interest but also to provide opportunities to work with other students with similar interests.
Q: Will this program intrude into my home?
A: There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. If the use of a webcam will enhance the learning experience of your child, we can accommodate your student’s needs. 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.
Testing & Attendance FAQ
Q: What are the testing and attendance requirements at VIBE Academy?
A: VIBE Academy students may be required to complete the following at the discretion of the teacher and or curriculum:
- Lesson Assessments
- Unit Assessments
- Semester Assessments
- Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) in grades 3-12
While there is flexibility in where and when the student performs schoolwork, the standard for attendance at the VIBE is 176 days of school, 4-5 hours per day, on average. Attendance is defined as regularly attending and participating in daily coursework and is tracked through the online school and submission of course work assignments to demonstrate mastery and completion. As a public school, students who do not meet attendance requirements will be considered truant, per state statute.
Q: What are the costs associated with enrolling in the VIBE Academy?
A: The VIBE Academy is a public school. As such, it is funded by the state. Once enrolled in the program, parents will receive log-in information for the web-based student/parent portal that provides daily lesson plans, lesson activities, assessment tools, and planning and progress tools. If materials are required for courses, they will be shipped directly to your home. In addition, families are provided technology for use at home during their enrollment with VIBE. Technology options are discussed at time of enrollment.
Families are responsible for providing consumable materials and supplies, such as paper. Families are responsible for obtaining and maintaining a high-speed internet connection while enrolled with VIBE Academy.
Families whose income qualifies for educational benefit may be eligible for financial assistance for some school-related expenses, such as outing fees and travel reimbursement.
Common Questions asked about Online Learning
Q: What factors play a role in the success of a student in a virtual classroom?
A: The following attributes will greatly contribute to a student’s success in an online environment:
- Self-motivation – Students can direct their own learning environment and methods to fulfill course requirements and achieve individual academic success.
- Independent learner – The Hybrid/Blended environment enables students to learn at their own pace, relieving the stress of feeling rushed or pressured and providing enjoyment in the learning process.
- Computer literate – Although it is not necessary to have advanced computer skills, students should possess a working knowledge of electronic e-mail, the Internet, as well as basic keyboarding skills.
- Time management – Students must be able to organize and plan their own best “time to learn”. There is no one best time for everyone, but the key to learning is to make the time to learn.
- Effective written communication skills – Students must use electronic e-mail and discussion forums to communicate with peers as well as instructors. The ability to write clearly to communicate ideas and assignments is essential. This method provides the learner with rapid feedback as well as a means to inform instructors of any concerns or problems that they may be experiencing.
- Personal commitment – Because there are no bells that begin and end classes, students must have a strong desire to learn and achieve knowledge and skills via online courses. Making a commitment to learn in this manner is a very personal decision and requires a strong commitment to perform in order to achieve academic success.
Q: How do I sign up for Virtual course through Virtual Instruction By Excellence?
A: When you visit the Virtual Instruction By Excellence website, there will be a content tab titled enroll now.
Q: Where is Virtual Instruction By Excellence located?
A: Virtual Instruction By Excellence is housed out of the Learning Center, 825 N Crailsheim Road, Worthington, MN 56187.
Q: How are the classes laid out? Are they completely online with limited interaction or do they have a hybrid feel to them?
A: All Virtual Instruction By Excellence classes have a mix of both; there are some segments that will be completely independent and some that will be instructor-led class interactions that may take place via web or phone conferencing.
Q: If I have a vacation scheduled during the school year can I still go or will I be dropped from the course?
A: Like any other school setting, we understand that there will be times when you are unable to have access to the learning environment. We ask that you email VIBE@isd518.net prior to missing any days of class. (Note: other attendance policy related guidelines are covered in the policy section of this document.)
Q: What if I have problems with the technology associated with the online course?
A: Stride Learning Solutions students can get technical support from the Service Center.
A: Venture Ahead students can get technical support from the Venture Upward Technology Team. Contact information provided upon request.
Q: Who are the online instructors?
A: Instructors who teach a digital course are Minnesota licensed instructors. All virtual instructors have completed professional development training on online learning development.
Q: Do you have to have a large amount of technology experience to be successful in an online course?
A: No, in order to be successful in a digital course, only prior web browsing, file management skills, and in some cases a basic understanding of audio/video conferencing tools are necessary.
Q: Are digital courses easier than traditional face to face courses?
A: Digital courses offer the same academic rigor of traditional courses. Some students may find digital courses more difficult because they are learning in a way that they may be unfamiliar with, while others may find it easier because they can work at their own pace. A digital course will take the same amount of time to complete as a traditional course would.