Carroll County Public Schools believes that web-delivered, virtual courses provide alternative opportunities in the delivery of instruction for our students. The Carroll County In-School Virtual Program offers high school courses that are designed to expand student access to challenging curricula aligned to the Maryland College and Career Standards through the delivery of high-quality online courses.
The goals of the In-School Virtual Program are to provide equity across programs and schools by ensuring that all students have access to the same pathway and course options and to provide opportunities for students to accelerate learning
These courses are consistent with the regular school program; however, teaching is conducted virtually with the teacher physically separated from the students. In most cases, the teacher is not a CCPS employee. Students work independently and at various times of the day or week. Teachers communicate with students online and via telephone.
Each school has a support system for students taking virtual courses and management of virtual courses resides at the local school. Courses offered through a virtual option have been reviewed and accepted by MSDE and CCPS for approved credit and are taught by highly qualified teachers.
Schools placing students in a virtual course are responsible for providing a mentor teacher and providing computer access. Courses are scheduled during the regular school day.
To be successful in a virtual course, learners must demonstrate a variety of attributes. These include:
- Self-motivation to direct their own learning
- Self-discipline to maintain course engagement
- Confidence to ask for help or clarification when needed
- Ability to work independently
- Strong time management skills.
Generally, students are able to register for virtual courses only under exceptional circumstances that prevent enrollment in a traditional face-to-face classroom setting. CCPS will use the following criteria to guide decision-making in determining whether a student is eligible to enroll in a virtual course:
- the school or program does not offer the course;
- the student has a schedule conflict that prevents taking a course when it is offered at the school or program;
- teacher recommendations.
Only the principal has the authority to approve student placement in a virtual course. Please contact your school counselor for more information.