Frequently Asked Questions

<h2 class="mb-5">Here are some frequently asked questions:</h2> <div id="accordionExample1" class="accordion"> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-1" data-target="#panel-1" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Is your school accredited?</span> </a> <div id="panel-1" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>Gateway Virtual Academy, LLC. is a private school&nbsp;<a href="http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=61997">accredited</a>&nbsp;through Advanced offering digital learning, worldwide.</p> <p>GVA recently hosted an External Review in April, 2019 and was awarded&nbsp;<a href="http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis2/u/par/accreditation/summary?institutionId=61997">accreditation</a>&nbsp;in June, 2019. Although accreditation is not mandated, GVA made the decision to become accredited through a rigorous quality assurance process and achieved distinction on our first review, Alhamdulilah.</p> <p><strong>Why It Matters?&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ensures the quality of the school</li> <li>An accredited school &ldquo;must act with intergrity&rdquo;</li> <li>Students earn a diploma through an accredited school</li> <li>Transferable credits</li> <li>Required for entry to many colleges</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-2" data-target="#panel-2" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Will my child get a diploma upon completion?</span> </a> <div id="panel-2" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p class="mb-0">Yes, upon graduation students will receive an accredited diploma.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-3" data-target="#panel-3" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">How much is tuition? - Lower Tuition Updates Coming Soon for the 2020-2021 Academic Year!</span> </a> <div id="panel-3" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p><strong>New Families</strong></p> <p>Tuition is due monthly in the amount of $300</p> <p>If you are enrolling more than one child, please note the tuition fee below:</p> <ul> <li>For the second child $275</li> <li>For the third child $250</li> <li>For the fourth child $200</li> <li>For the fifth (or more) child $175</li> </ul> <p><strong>Returning Families&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>For the second child $200</li> <li>For the third child $175</li> <li>For the fourth child $150</li> <li>For the fifth (or more) child $125</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>All amounts quoted in United States Dollars. </em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-5" data-target="#panel-5" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Does my child have to take all of the classes?</span> </a> <div id="panel-5" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>Individual Courses may be purchased (see our fees page). Alternative courses should be taken at another institution, if not through GVA. In order for your child to be promoted, you will be required to submit a record of the course completion.</p> <p>A minimum of 8 credits must be studied and completed with GVA to attain a GVA High School Diploma. The remaining 16 credits are required to be transferred from an accredited institute to be accepted and a diploma awarded.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-6" data-target="#panel-6" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What is the digital text fee?</span> </a> <div id="panel-6" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">The digital text fee is a paid at the beginning of the year upon enrollment of US$200 per student. This fee covers the cost of the student&rsquo;s digital text/curriculum and all accounts that will be provided by the school. This fee is non-refundable after two weeks of payment.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-7" data-target="#panel-7" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">I cannot pay the digital text fee right now - can I still register?</span> </a> <div id="panel-7" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>Yes, you can still register your child(ren). However, you will need to request an extension through the tuition department, at: tuition@gatewayvirtualacademy.com</p> <p>NB: If the fee is not paid before the first day of school, or by the extended date granted by our tuition department, your child&rsquo;s enrollment may be canceled.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-8" data-target="#panel-8" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What courses do you offer?</span> </a> <div id="panel-8" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">We offer four(4) core subjects which all students are required to take (through GVA or elsewhere): Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. We also offer Islamiyyah courses and self-paced elective courses in foreign languages, arts, p.e. computer science and more.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-9" data-target="#panel-9" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What Islamic courses do you offer?</span> </a> <div id="panel-9" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">We currently offer the following Islamiyyah courses: Iqra al-Qu&rsquo;ran (Qaa&rsquo;idah Nooraniyah), Tajweed, Hifz (Qur&rsquo;an memorization) and Arabic Language (3 levels).</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-10" data-target="#panel-10" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Are elective courses included in the tuition?</span> </a> <div id="panel-10" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>There is no additional cost during the school year for elective courses. However, there is a cost for elective courses taken during the summer (see our fees page).</p> <p>One Islamiyyah course is included in your child&rsquo;s tuition. There is a $50 monthly fee for additional Islamiyah courses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-11" data-target="#panel-11" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Is there an age limit to register my child?</span> </a> <div id="panel-11" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">There is no age limit and we do not conduct entry interviews, however, we expect students to be able to have basic knowledge of the computer, communicate with their teacher and peers. We also encourage parents to sit with their child until he/she is fully able to navigate on his/her own during the live sessions with the teacher.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-12" data-target="#panel-12" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Do I need to purchase books and materials?</span> </a> <div id="panel-12" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>All coursework is completed online in each student&rsquo;s digital account. You do have the option to print, scan and upload work to be graded. However, no physical books will be mailed to you.</p> <p>You will be required to purchase additional material for projects and class assignments. A full list can be found in the School Supply list.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-13" data-target="#panel-13" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What are the school days and hours?</span> </a> <div id="panel-13" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">Live classes are held Mon &ndash; Fri, between 7:00 a.m. &ndash; 11:30 a.m. CST. Islamiyyah courses are held throughout the school week between 11:45 a.m. &ndash; 2:00 p.m. CST, depending on the course.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-14" data-target="#panel-14" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">I am unable to get a transcript/report card or my child was previously homeschooled - what can be done?</span> </a> <div id="panel-14" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">If your child was previously homeschooled, then we will need to administer a placement test for Math and Language Arts to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate grade. If you have more questions about this, please send an email to our admissions department: admissions@gatewayvirtualacadmy.com</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-15" data-target="#panel-15" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">I would like to wait a while before I register - can I register late?</span> </a> <div id="panel-15" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">Gateway Virtual Academy has an enrollment cap on the number of students that will be enrolled per class. The early registration period begins in April through June. Late registration is subject to an increase in the fee (see our fees page). Since we have to cater to our returning students and their siblings, new students will be selected for enrollment based on availability. We encourage you not to wait until the last minute to register.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-16" data-target="#panel-16" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What documents do I need to provide?</span> </a> <div id="panel-16" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">You will need a scanned copy of the student&rsquo;s proof of birth and a transcript or report card from the previous school year. If your child was home schooled or you are unable to provide the required academic documents he/she will be required to take a placement test.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-17" data-target="#panel-17" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What are the requirements for registering my child?</span> </a> <div id="panel-17" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>Gateway Virtual Academy shall not limit admission to students on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, national origin, religion, or ancestry.</p> <p>However, all new students must be fluent in the English language, read at or just below the grade level they are enrolling in and possess basic computer skills.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-18" data-target="#panel-18" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What is a Learning Coach?</span> </a> <div id="panel-18" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">Learning Coaches are usually the student&rsquo;s parent or another responsible adult who are dedicated to making sure their child receives a quality education. He/She will be will be the primary contact for all correspondence related to the student&rsquo;s academic performance, important updates and emergencies.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-19" data-target="#panel-19" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Does the Learning Coach need to be present?</span> </a> <div id="panel-19" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3"> <p>The Learning Coach should be present or in close proximity during class time for students enrolled in elementary school (Grades 2-5).</p> <p>The Learning Coach may be required to sit with the student during the first few weeks of school while the student gets acclimated with the virtual learning experience and programs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-20" data-target="#panel-20" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">What does the Learning Coach have to do?</span> </a> <div id="panel-20" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">The Learning Coach is responsible for ensuring their student is on track with assignments and coursework as well as communicating with their teachers throughout the school year. Learning Coaches play an active role, especially in the early grades.</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-21" data-target="#panel-21" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">When is the school break?</span> </a> <div id="panel-21" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">We have several short breaks throughout the school year (see our calendar).</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-22" data-target="#panel-22" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Are you registered in the state of Missouri?</span> </a> <div id="panel-22" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">Missouri does not regulate private schools and has set no requirements for &ldquo;private&rdquo; schools other than licensing. However, we are licensed with the state and are accredited through Advanced/Cognia. To learn more contact the Missouri Department of Education at: 573-751-4212</div> </div> </div> <div class="card card-sm card-body border-light mb-0"><a class="accordion-panel-header" role="button" href="#panel-23" data-target="#panel-23" data-toggle="collapse" aria-expanded="false" aria-controls="panel-1"> <span class="h6 mb-0 font-weight-bold">Do I need to register as a home schooling parent in my state?</span> </a> <div id="panel-23" class="collapse"> <div class="pt-3">No, we are a private school. Therefore you will not need to register your child.</div> </div> </div> </div>