Information

  • Middle School Virtual School Orientation
    If you were unable to participate in one of our orientation sessions, the videos are below.

    New Virtual School Section of our Website
    In this new section of our website dedicated to the Virtual School, you will find contact information for the virtual school coordinator for each of our middle schools. Virtual school coordinators will stay in touch with families and provide support as needed.

    D7 Virtual School Pick Up Meals
    District 7 is providing breakfast and lunch meal service for all students, regardless of the learning model in which they participate. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals will receive meals accordingly; all other students may participate at the regular meal rates.

    Five-day meal kits are available for students enrolled in the District 7 Virtual School. Meals will be picked up each Monday between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the location selected during registration (Carver Middle School, Cleveland Academy, Drayton Mills Elementary, E.P. Todd School). When Monday is a school holiday, pickup will be on Tuesday. Please register here by the Tuesday prior to pickup. More information and the registration form is available here.

    Wi-Fi and Tech Support
    We have provided guidance on several common technical support issues on our website here. If you are unable to resolve technical difficulties on your own, the first step is to let your teacher know. Teachers are able to address many technical support questions. If your teacher is unable to resolve the problem, he/she will connect you with a member of District 7’s technology support team for additional guidance.

    If you are unable to reach your teacher, please contact your school’s Support Technician. A list of the technicians for each school is available here.

APEX Attendance and Progress Monitoring - Effective Sept 14

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    Attendance:

    • Attendance will be monitored daily and recorded weekly (on Friday). Students must log in and work in at least one course per week in order to be counted present for the week. If a student does not log in for the week, the student will be marked absent for five days. When a student is absent five days, the student is considered truant and will be subject to all local and state truancy laws.
    • While APEX is self-paced, District 7 virtual students are expected to work every school day in order to stay on track for timely completion. 

    Progress Monitoring:

    • Student progress will be monitored daily by the assigned APEX teacher.
    • A progress model will be used to monitor student completion of assignments in the self-paced APEX platform.
    • Successfully meeting periodic “due dates” will be the benchmark for progressing toward on-time course completion. NOTE: Each course has a different number of units and thus will have a different number of due dates. Students can find due dates for each course on their APEX calendar from APEX Learning Dashboard. Teachers will monitor for due dates not met. When a student does not meet the due date, the teacher will email the student as a reminder that the student may be in jeopardy of NOT finishing the course on time. This will allow the student to work at his/her own pace with the goal of meeting the final completion date for each course.

    NOTE: Due Dates - If you are a new student or you were enrolled recently in a new course, an exception on a case-by-case basis will be made on catching up the due dates.

How do I sign-in to ClassLink, Apex, Schoology and Office 365?

A brief video tutorial on how to join a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Virtual School Orientation Session - High School

Virtual School Orientation Session - Middle

Curriculum for Middle and High School Levels 

  • At the middle and high school levels, Virtual School students will complete self-paced learning modules through APEX, a curriculum already in use by District 7. This program was designed initially for advanced placement (AP) courses and has since diversified to add courses at all levels and in most every subject. All course levels (college prep, honors, AP, dual credit) offered by District 7 at the middle and high school levels will be offered through the Virtual School. The curriculum will incorporate textbooks and video lessons with student progress monitored and supported daily by District 7 teachers. Some assessments may require students to report to their school, such as end of course exams, benchmarks and AP assessments.

    Each Virtual School student needs one person at home who is committed to supporting them in virtual learning. For middle school students, an investment of 1-2 hours per day from their home "learning coach" is recommended. 

    Families are encouraged to explore the APEX Learning website for a full understanding of the curriculum and student experience.

    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 learning in this manner is a very personal decision and requires a strong commitment to performing in order to achieve academic success. We believe that every individual who has the motivation and self-direction to take our courses will achieve success in our “anytime, any place, any pace” virtual environment. Meeting the needs of our individual students is our top priority.

    Because staffing the Virtual School requires shifting teachers away from traditional classrooms, parents must commit to a full year of virtual instruction. For middle and high school however, if a family requests a transfer back to in-person instruction for the start of the third nine weeks (January), we will honor that request if possible. Deadline to enroll was July 31, 2020. 

Middle/High School Student Supply List 

  • Earbuds that plug in (not wireless)
    Composition notebooks for each subject or 3-ring binder with tabbed inserts for each subject
    Pens
    Pencils
    Highlighters
    Additionally in APEX each course has a listing of the course materials needed. 

FAQ for Middle and High

  • Where is the Virtual School located?
    Participants access the Virtual School through the Internet. If the Internet is accessible, participants can learn from any place, any space, anytime.

    What is the APEX curriculum?
    APEX (Academic and Professional Excellence) is a complete digital curriculum in math, science, English, and social studies for grades 7–12th. Students complete courses through an online learning platform, where they work at their own pace toward scheduled due dates. A teacher facilitates each course.

    Apex Learning is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility

    APEX is a Mastery-based System. You must show successful completion at each step in the course in order to move forward.

    What might a middle school student’s Virtual online day look like?
    APEX (Academic and Professional Excellence) is a complete digital curriculum in math, science, English, and social studies for grades 6–8th. Students complete courses through an online learning platform, where they work at their own pace toward scheduled due dates. A teacher facilitates each course. So, their day could look different based on their pace. 

    Students in middle and high school will be assigned to certified teachers who will monitor student progress, teach and/or reteach concepts as necessary, and will provide extra support to students as needed. Students at the secondary level will be working within a program called APEX. This program was designed initially for AP Courses and has since diversified to add courses at all levels and in most every subject. Using the curriculum will allow us to offer courses with very few limitations at our middle and high schools. APEX has been used by our high school for several years for content recovery, credit recovery and initial credit courses.

    Apex Learning is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility

    APEX is a Mastery-based System. You must show successful completion at each step in the course in order to move forward.

    Our certified teachers will be monitoring students as they navigate the APEX curriculum within a specific schedule.

    What might a high school student’s Virtual online day look like?
    APEX (Academic and Professional Excellence) is a complete digital curriculum in math, science, English, and social studies for grades 9–12th. Students complete courses through an online learning platform, where they work at their own pace toward scheduled due dates. A teacher facilitates each course. So, their day could look different based on their pace. 

    Students in middle and high school will be assigned to certified teachers who will monitor student progress, teach and/or reteach concepts as necessary, and will provide extra support to students as needed. Students at the secondary level will be working within a program called APEX. This program was designed initially for AP Courses and has since diversified to add courses at all levels and in most every subject. Using the curriculum will allow us to offer courses with very few limitations at our middle and high schools. APEX has been used by our high school for several years for content recovery, credit recovery and initial credit courses.

    Apex Learning is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility

    APEX is a Mastery-based System. You must show successful completion at each step in the course in order to move forward.

    Our certified teachers will be monitoring students as they navigate the APEX curriculum within a specific schedule.

    What about other courses not in APEX being available for High School students in the Virtual School?
    There are still many courses at SHS that are not in Apex (Project Lead the Way engineering classes, for example) – we CAN NOT promise that students in VS will be able to take all of these courses remotely but we hope to make this possible – it depends on how bandwidth works with our webcams and we cannot test that until they are here at the start of the year. It also will depend on whether the remote learning can be synchronous for the teacher and not require any additional lesson planning and altered assignments in order to follow AccelerateEd guidance prohibiting teachers from being required to provide both live and remote instruction.

    Will any more AP be offered for High School students in the Virtual School?
    D7 will have six AP courses that APEX does not offer - one is through the SC Virtual School, one is through the College Board, other are through other proven resources, thus D7 will offer MORE courses than families see on the APEX website. 

    Are there Middle School Honors Courses in APEX?
    Middle school courses in APEX are all general "grade level" courses, not honors, so D7 will be taking these courses and adding enhancements to create honors level courses. The courses will display on transcripts just as an honors course in-school would display. 

    What does the support from a D7 teacher look like for middle and high school students? What might a typical day look like?
    Each student will be assigned a District 7 teacher who follows their progress on a daily basis. This teacher will check in with them daily, point out any areas where they may need extra help or attention based on their submitted coursework, and facilitate getting the student support by either helping themselves or connecting the student with a teacher of a particular subject area who can help them.

    The assigned teacher may pull small groups together for social-emotional support sessions to create a sense of community among virtual school students, but the student’s coursework will be self-paced with support as needed.

    There will be certified core subject teachers at each grade level assigned to help Virtual School students who need extra help in those subjects.

    The typical day for middle and high school virtual students will be primarily determined by the student and his/her family, since Apex coursework is self-paced. If the student elects to participate virtually in fine arts or other elective courses taking place in real time at their school (for example, an orchestra student decides to participate via computer with the orchestra class at its normal meeting time at SHS), the student will need to log on to that class at its normal meeting time in order to participate.