Huntsville Virtual Academy

 HVA Registration and unenrollment is currently open via the links below through
Friday, December 3rd, 2021.

2021-22 Spring Semester HVA Registration
Note: If your student attended HVA for the first semester of the 2021-22 school year and you wish to keep them in HVA, you do not need to register them again.

HVA LogoHuntsville City Schools is pleased to offer a virtual learning experience for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade who are zoned for Huntsville City Schools and have completed enrollment. Students may choose to continue in the traditional learning environment or enroll in a virtual learning program with Huntsville Virtual Academy, HVA. 

The virtual curriculum features courses in mathematics, science, language arts, world languages, social studies, as well as electives. In collaboration with the school counselor, virtual school students will have the opportunity to select a virtual pathway to meet his/her learning goals. Students desiring a virtual, non-traditional learning environment are encouraged to apply.

Any family who wishes for their student to attend HVA next school year is asked to complete pre-registration because this process will help determine HVA's learning platforms and format during the 2021-2022 school year. 

When these items are determined, HCS will share HVA logistics with families regarding learning platforms and formats for next school year. Families will be given the option to confirm HVA enrollment for their student or opt for their student to engage in traditional learning. 

All families whose student attended in-person learning at their home school for the first semester of the 2021-22 school year and would like for them to become HVA students for the second semester of the school year will need to complete the above linked registration form.

HVA is open to all students currently enrolled in HCS.

  • Students will be required to maintain course grade averages of 70% or higher to remain in Huntsville Virtual Academy.
  • Students with course averages below 70% will be contacted by school administration to schedule an in person academic support time to address non-mastery of standards.
  • Students who have not shown course mastery in the Huntsville Virtual Academy will be contacted by the school principal to discuss student support plans for the second semester.

Virtual Attendance Procedures:
  • Attendance is a combination of measures that indicates if a student is demonstrating adequate participation (and therefore attendance).
  • This not only includes the actual attendance hours in Huntsville City Schools' learning platform, but also lesson and assignment completion and communication with teachers/ school administration.
  • In order to be in full attendance with Huntsville City Schools, a student must:
    • Complete and submit course assignments in accordance with due dates to make adequate progress toward course completion.
    • Communicate with Huntsville City School staff as needed via learning management platform, telephone conversations, and email correspondence.
    • Adhere to the Huntsville City Schools calendar for attendance days; however, students may choose to work on non-instructional days as long as they are on pace and displaying content mastery in all courses. 

Additional Information:
  • Huntsville Virtual Academy students will remain enrolled in their home school and will be able to participate in clubs and organizations at their zoned school.
  • They can also participate in athletics at their zoned school  (subject to Alabama High School Athletic Association eligibility.)
  • Students who graduate from high school while a HVA student will receive a diploma from Huntsville City Schools and are eligible for honors graduate designations.

For more information about Huntsville Virtual Academy, please contact one of the HVA administrators: Dr. Stewart Thorson for students in grades K-5 or Dr. Michael Hambrick for students in grades 6-12.

Elementary Programs (Grades K-5)
General Information

HVA in K-5 will feature an online school platform that provides a curriculum aligned to national and state curriculum standards. 

  • Students log into their courses asynchronously (not at a specific time) and have access to their teacher through weekly office hours and monthly mastery meetings; students do not receive direct virtual instruction. 
  • Students engage with teachers through video conferences, e-mail, and/or phone calls. 
  • Teachers are required to respond to all communication within 24 business hours and to grade all assignments within 72 business hours. 

Courses are Learning Coach (parent) directed and are designed to allow a student to work at their own pace without live interaction from a teacher. 

Courses may include both online and offline materials.

Secondary Programs (Grades 6-12)
General Information

Huntsville Virtual Academy (HVA) offers full-time online instruction for students in grades K-12. This option is available for students who wish to receive standards-based instruction in a virtual environment without attending classes in a traditional, face-to-face setting. This instructional model is suitable for highly motivated students who want to engage in educational experiences from home.  Huntsville City Schools will offer supports to all HVA students.

  • All learning occurs remotely with instruction provided by a combination of teachers, educational providers (Edgenuity, K12) and ACCESS.
  • Academic supports will be provided for all students. 
  • HVA offers an opportunity for personalized pace and schedule.
  • HVA will offer a mix of synchronous and asynchronous (live and pre-recorded) instruction and collaboration.
  • Students who sign up for Huntsville Virtual Academy (HVA) will receive instruction in an entirely online environment.
  • Students must come to campuses for all standardized testing.
  • Learning materials can be accessed anywhere at any time using learning management systems and the same curriculum for core and elective courses.
  • HVA is available to students in grades K-12 who are zoned for Huntsville City Schools and have completed enrollment.
  • Devices will be provided by Huntsville City Schools.
  • Students are required to have access to internet service.
  • A representative from Huntsville City Schools will contact students after enrollment regarding orientation.
  • Students will receive additional academic support as needed.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Hambrick at or (256) 428-7820

Middle Grades (Grades 6-8) 6-Course Schedule:
  • Math (Regular/Honors)
  • English (Regular/Honors)
  • Social Studies (Regular/Honors)
  • Science (Regular/Honors)
  • Physical Education
  • Elective

The student’s home school will submit the course request form to HVA to register for courses. HVA will communicate course requirements, mode of instruction and student progress.

High School (Grades 9-12) 8-Course Schedule:
  • Math (Regular/Honors)
  • English (Regular/Honors)
  • Social Studies (Regular/Honors)
  • Science (Regular/Honors)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

High Schools will use a modified block schedule.  Students will have 4 courses daily.  Students will receive lessons and assignments for those courses daily.

Secondary Course Registration Process
  • Parents and students should work with their home school to select courses in the Huntsville City Schools Course of Study.  These courses have been vetted and approved.  This process will ensure the student is taking the required courses in order to complete all graduation requirements.
  • The home school will send the approved HVA student’s schedule to Dr. Michael Hambrick, HVA Administrator, and HVA will develop the student’s virtual schedule.
  • Most of the courses will be taught using a blended format with a teacher leading and facilitating instruction. 
  • Middle and high school electives will be taught using a virtual platform.
  • ACCESS will be used to offer Advanced Placement and select independent learning courses to students.
  • For students selecting to work at their own pace, HVA will select the appropriate Edgenuity course that matches the standards of the course registered at the student’s home school. Students should not select courses directly from the Edgenuity platform without approval from the student’s home school. 
  • HVA will communicate the student’s course schedule, mode, format, and grading procedures.
  • Grades will be reported to the students from HVA and sent to the student’s home school for final reporting.
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