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Myths About Online Schools

MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills.
FACT: Students at Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School (MAVA@GCVS) will have opportunities to participate in many academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, zoos, clubs, student government, dances, and even graduation ceremonies.

MYTH: You'll spend all day staring at a computer.
FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K-8 lessons are taught online. The rest of the K¹² curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and telescopes.

MYTH: Attending MAVA@GCVS is a part-time job.
FACT: Students will need to spend, on average, six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level.

MYTH: Online schools don't meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.
FACT: MAVA@GCVS is a public school that takes place outside of a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to measure student performance based on state academic standards.

MAVA@GCVS students also have district-approved graduation requirements, aligned to meet state university admission standards. The K¹² curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, and has proved to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum programs in the nation.