Cardinal Virtual Academy

CARDINAL VIRTUAL ACADEMY


BRODHEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT

Grades 6 - 12

OVERVIEW 

The Cardinal Virtual Academy was created and implemented for the 2020-2021 school year. This program is built to serve the students of the Brodhead School District. The program was developed to serve our students’ unmet needs and move toward preparing ALL students for the 21st-century skills they will be required to demonstrate in their futures. The Brodhead School District will be partnering with Edgenuity to provide viable course options for our students. Brodhead’s Virtual programming will enable us to provide virtual learning options for our students, including: 


✓ Relevant courses in flexible locations in an asynchronous environment 

✓ High quality, interactive courses aligned to state and national standards 

✓ Middle school and high school level curriculum 

✓ Over 75 different course options 

✓ AP courses not already offered at Brodhead High School 

✓ Semester courses for credit deficient students and others unable to successfully participate in a traditional setting 

✓ A solution for home-based learners, homebound, adjudication, expulsions, teen parents, and other special needs 

✓ Modified rates of learning to accommodate the student through the following methods:  traditional, accelerated, or extended 

✓ The experience of online learning in preparation for future training in post-secondary educational and work environments 


Cardinal Virtual Academy courses are aligned to national and state standards. Course goals and objectives will be available upon request. Students currently enrolled in our district full-time can enrich their course selection with courses not currently offered. Virtual offerings cannot supplant courses available on-site. Students in a full-time home-based learning environment have access to all available coursework. All offerings are one or two-semester courses for both fall and spring terms. The school district will determine the number of concurrent courses being completed at any one time.

Course offerings: Wisconsin


What is Virtual Education?

 Virtual education or online learning is an instructional delivery method that is not dependent upon the student and teacher being in the same location. Courses are offered in an asynchronous environment via the internet. The courses offer a flexible pace, schedule, and location. Students work at their own pace with instruction and support from Brodhead School District certified staff. With trained and certified staff, students get one-on-one attention and communication. 


Advantages of having a local online academy

Living in your virtual school allows for participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities, school events, and networking with a peer group. Additionally, students have the support of our technology department, school counseling staff, administration, and student services. Many students may also want to take a few courses on-site. 


Cardinal Academy Staff

Jim Matthys - High School Principal

Lisa Semrow - Middle School Principal

Chris Hurt - Supervising Teacher

Anne Corbit - Middle School Teacher

Kathy Visger - Middle School Educational Specialist

*As well as professional staff in each content area. 


Student Commitment 

Students must commit to completing any virtual course taken on a semester basis. Semesters of enrollment must be indicated on the Cardinal Virtual Academy application.  Course start and end dates will correspond to the Brodhead School District terms per school calendar. To be considered a full-time Cardinal Academy Virtual School enrollee, a student must commit to successfully completing at least one grade level per calendar year or meet the student’s needs as determined by the virtual learning team and the student’s family. The Brodhead School District’s Cardinal Virtual Academy staff in cooperation with the student, virtual teacher, parents, and coach, will determine if the student will be successful in the virtual course environment within the first 14 days of the course. The School District of Brodhead will determine this placement. Courses can be dropped if a student drops or decides not to continue the virtual course within the day limit noted above. Students who drop, fail to complete, discontinue, or fail virtual school courses may jeopardize their continued enrollment in virtual education opportunities. Students considering full-time virtual enrollments are making a commitment to the Cardinal Virtual Academy by semester. 

Enrollment Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the CVA, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must be in good academic standing for the prior academic semester grading period. This means students must have passed all coursework in their previous semester. This would apply to students who have been in face-to-face instruction, virtual instruction, or have transferred into the district. 

  2. Students must not have accumulated any truancy violations from the previous semester. (To the point of referral or citation by local or county authorities) 


Enrollment Procedures 

Students must complete an application for virtual programming. Students who are new to the district must also complete student registration materials. Students from school districts outside of Brodhead must have approved open enrollment agreements. Open enrollment laws require students to attend a program located in the nonresident district. Application deadlines for enrolling in Fall, Spring, and Summer terms are posted on the district website under Cardinal Virtual Academy. Once the application for virtual programming has been approved, students and parents will meet with school personnel to develop an individualized program plan. Questions regarding this procedure may be directed to Jim Matthys, Principal Brodhead High School, at 608-897-2155, extension 123 or Dr. Lisa Semrow, Principal Brodhead Middle School at 608-897-2184, extension 200


Prerequisites 

Prerequisite coursework must be completed before starting the next course online or traditionally. 


State Assessments

Virtual school students are required to take any required state assessments. All students in grades 6 through 11 fall into grades tested by the State of Wisconsin. The following required state assessments will be administered to virtual education students: 

  • Grades 6, 7, & 8 - WI Forward Exam or alternate. 

  • Grades 9 and 10 - ACT Aspire Early High School Exam or alternate,

  • Grade 10 - WI Forward Social Studies Test. 

    Grade 11 - ACT/ACT WorkKeys or alternate. Virtual education students will be tested at Brodhead High School during the state testing windows. 

  • Any student graduating from a Wisconsin high school is required to take the civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the pupil correctly answers at least 65 of those questions. (Wis. Stat. sec. 118.33(1m)(a)1, Section 3266R). 

Transfer Credits 

Students wishing to transfer credits into the virtual school program from home-based learning, another school district, or another virtual program should contact the Brodhead High School or Middle School Counseling Department. Home-based credits go through a review process with the school counselor. To begin the process, students must provide documentation, including a copy of the DPI application for home-based education.


Scholarships

A student must be enrolled in the district as a full-time student to be eligible for local scholarships. 


The following criteria for eligibility must be met to qualify for scholarships: 

✓ The student has achieved senior status. A student is classified as a senior if he/she has earned a minimum of 21 credits and is in his/her fourth year of high school. 

✓ The student has attended Brodhead High School for a minimum of three semesters (their junior year and first semester-two terms of their senior year). 


Co-Curricular School Activities 

Students enrolled in the Cardinal Virtual Academy program may participate in all co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. We are proud to offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Our programs are seen as an extension of the classroom. Our desire is that activities can be an enriching and healthful experience in which physical, mental, and social growth shall be stimulated through interscholastic competition. We encourage each student to participate in extra and co-curricular activities.


Grading 

Course end dates for online classes correspond to the traditional Brodhead School District term end dates to calculate GPAs and class ranks. All online grades will be based on a 4.0 point scale and monitored by the supervising teacher. 


Graduation Requirements 

Students who attend Brodhead School District’s Cardinal Virtual Academy will receive a diploma from Brodhead High School.  The district awards diplomas to recognize students who have met certain academic requirements of the Brodhead School District. To graduate from Brodhead High School and receive a diploma, a student must satisfy the requirements set out in this policy. The policy requirements are grounded in the district's curriculum and state law requirements applicable to granting a diploma. The Brodhead High School educational program is designed to be completed in four years or eight semesters. Early graduation may be granted in accordance with district procedures. 

 

Brodhead High School Graduation Requirements: 

All students must earn a total of 25 credits and complete a Senior Project to meet graduation requirements from Brodhead High School.

  • English - 4 credits

  • Mathematics - 3 credits

  • Science - 3 credits (1 credit must be either Biology, Biology Honors, or Life Science)

  • Social Studies - 3 credits (Western Civilization, United States History, 1 other)

  • Personal Finance - ½ credit

  • Health - ½ credit

  • Physical Education - 1 ½ credit 

  • Electives - 9 ½ credits 

½ credit is earned at the completion of each semester or half of the school year. All students are required to take 7 credits per year. 


Elective credits are earned by taking and passing additional classes from the subject areas above in addition to the following: Agriculture, Art, Business, Industrial Technology, Foreign Language, and Music. 


Graduation requirements shall be modified by the high school principal upon recommendations of the individual Education Program (IEP) team for students with exceptional educational needs, Student Assistance Team (SAT) and/or virtual education review team for regular education students. Youth options courses cannot be substituted for the required core graduation credits. The virtual education review team must approve virtual education credits. 


Online Attendance 

In order to be in full attendance for online coursework, a student must: 


● Spend a minimum average of 30 active minutes per day per course and complete and submit course assignments as indicated on each course pacing chart in accordance with due dates. Attendance in online programming is based on performance, as well as participation. It is measured not only by logging into the course(s) and by successfully submitting completed work, participation in activities such as threaded discussions, and communication with the online instructor. 


● Not meeting the minimum attendance requirement for any five (5) part or whole days in a semester for any course (or combination of courses if enrolled in more than one 

course) is considered Habitual Truancy and is therefore in violation of Wisconsin’s Compulsory Attendance Statutes 118.15 (1) (a) that require a child attend school regularly until graduation from high school, or until the end of the semester in which he/she turns 18 years of age, or until he/she is excused from attendance by the school board.  The student and parent/guardian may be subject to legal sanctions. 


● Communicate with the Supervising Teacher and/or online supervisor via phone or email if there are questions related to the course. 


● Check district email at least once daily and respond to any teacher or staff inquiries within 24 hours. 


● Adhere to the School District of Brodhead calendar for attendance days; however, students may choose to work on non-instructional days.


● Contact the supervisor if you will be unable to log in for more than 2 consecutive days due to illness / vacation or medical condition. 

 

Acceptable Computer Use  

Students are responsible for their behaviors and are expected to comply with the School District of Brodhead’s board policies. 


Course Failure  

If a student fails a virtual course, that student’s academic record and individual learning plan will be reviewed by the respective principal, guidance counselor, and supervising teacher to see if the Virtual School should be continued.   









What would my schedule look like? 

Below is a sample of the course layout for 6th thru 12th grade students and their virtual schedule. 


Grade 6 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academy (CVA):

Semester I

Semester II

English Language Arts 6

English Language Arts 6

Mathematics 6

Mathematics 6

Grade 6 Physical Science

Grade 6 Physical Science

Middle School Ancient World History

Middle School Ancient World History

Foundations of Personal Wellness

Introduction to Art

Introduction to Online Learning

Middle School Career Explorations


Grade 7 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academy (CVA):

Semester I

Semester II

English Language Arts 7

English Language Arts 7

Mathematics 7

Mathematics 7

Grade 7 Earth and Space Science

Grade 7 Earth and Space Science

Middle School World Cultures & Geography

Middle School World Cultures & Geography

Foundations of Personal Wellness

Introduction to Art

Introduction to Online Learning

Middle School Career Explorations


Grade 8 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academy (CVA):

Semester I

Semester II

English Language Arts 8

English Language Arts 8

Mathematics 8

Mathematics 8

Grade 8 Life Science

Grade 8 Life Science

Middle School Civics, Government, & Economics

Middle School Civics, Government, & Economics

Foundations of Personal Wellness

Middle School Spanish 1

Introduction to Online Learning & Digital Citizenship

Middle School Career Explorations



Grade 9 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academy (CVA):


Semester I

Semester II

Language Arts 9 Semester I - ½ credit 

(honors course available)

Language Arts 9 Semester II - ½ credit 

(honors course available if taken semester I)

Algebra I Semester I - ½ credit, or

Geometry Semester I - ½ credit

(honors courses available)

Algebra I Semester II - ½ credit, or

Geometry Semester II - ½ credit

(honors courses available if taken semester I)

Biology Semester I - ½ credit 

(honors course available)

Biology Semester II - ½ credit

(honors course available if taken semester I)

Modern World History Semester I - ½ credit

Modern World History Semester II - ½ credit

Lifetime Fitness - ½ credit

(maybe taken either semester I or II)

Elective - ½ credit

Elective 

Elective

Elective

Elective

Optional Elective

Optional Elective


Note that elective credits may be worth a half or full credit. Half credit electives meet for one half of the school year. Full credit electives meet for the entire school year. If a student chooses a full credit elective, for example Spanish, it will meet both semester I and semester II. 


Grade 10 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academy (CVA):

Semester I

Semester II

Language Arts 10 Semester I - ½ credit

(honors course available)

Language Arts 10 Semester II - ½ credit 

(honors course available if taken semester I)

Geometry Semester 1 - ½ credit, or

Algebra Semester II - ½ credit 

(honors courses available)

Geometry Semester II - ½ credit, or

Algebra II Semester II - ½ credit

(honors courses available if taken semester I)

Chemistry Semester I - ½ credit, or

Physics Semester I - ½ credit, or

Environmental Science Semester I - ½ credit online only for CVA students

(honors courses available for chemistry and physics)

Chemistry Semester II - ½ credit, or 

Physics Semester II - ½ credit, or

Environmental Science Semester II - ½ credit online only for CVA students

(honors course available if taken semester I for chemistry and physics)

Modern World History Semester I - ½ credit 

Modern World History Semester II - ½ credit

Contemporary Health - ½ credit

Lifetime Fitness - ½ credit 

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Optional Elective

Optional Elective


Grade 11 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academic (CVA):

Semester I

Semester II

Language Arts 11 Semester I - ½ credit

(honors course available)

Language Arts 11 Semester II - ½ credit

(honors course available if taken semester I)

Algebra II Semester I - ½ credit

Pre Calculus Semester I - ½ credit

Additional math options available to CVA students may require full year commitment

(honors courses available for algebra II and precalculus)

Algebra II Semester II - ½ credit

Pre Calculus Semester II - ½ credit

Additional math options available to CVA students may require full year commitment

(honors course available if taken semester I for algebra II and precalculus)

Chemistry Semester I - ½ credit, or

Physics Semester I - ½ credit, or

Environmental Science Semester I - ½ credit online only for CVA students

(honors courses available for chemistry and physics)

Chemistry Semester II - ½ credit, or 

Physics Semester II - ½ credit, or

Environmental Science Semester II - ½ credit online only for CVA students

(honors course available if taken semester I for chemistry and physics)

United States History II Semester I - ½ credit

United States History II Semester II - ½ credit

Lifetime Fitness - ½ credit

Personal Finance ½ credit

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Optional Elective

Optional Elective 

Grade 12 Schedule - Cardinal Virtual Academic (CVA):


Semester I

Semester II

Language Arts 12 Semester I - ½ credit, or

AP English Literature and Composition Semester I - ½ credit

Language Arts 12 Semester II - ½ credit, or 

AP English Literature and Composition Semester I - ½ credit


Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Elective

Optional Elective

Optional Elective

4-Year College Planning:

Meeting high school graduation requirements does not necessarily meet 4-year college admission requirements. Students should consult with the high school counselor in order to make certain they are prepared regarding specific college admission standards.  


UW System minimum admission requirements vary with each campus. General requirements include:

English - 4 credits

Math - 3 credits, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and beyond

Science - 3 credits, including Biology and another lab science

Social Studies - 3 credits


A minimum of 17 Academic credits must be earned from the above subject areas and Foreign Language. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Technical College Planning:

Brodhead High School offers a number of articulated credits with the Wisconsin Technical College System, saving students both time and money after high school. Please contact the high school counselor to learn more about how to earn credits while in high school.