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Welcome high school students (and parents)
to
Southwest Preparatory Virtual School (SPVS)


“KNIGHT” SCHOOL!

You are about to embark on a journey that will take you to new places,
give you unlimited opportunities, and probably change the rest of your life.

Skeptical?  Don’t be.

Actually, all these opportunities have always been available to you, you just weren’t 
able to take advantage of them in the traditional school setting for whatever reason:
(insert reason here)_____________________...just kidding…
you hate getting up in the morning; you aren’t a “social” person; 
you’re embarrassed to raise your hand to ask a question because it makes you look dumb; 
you hate big groups; you can’t stand the rules; or my favorite, “school’s not my thing."

Hopefully, whether you’re still in school but not succeeding as much as you want,
or
out of school and really not succeeding,
you now realize how critical education is to doing
virtually (no pun intended) anything in life. 

We may, as they say, “have the answer you’ve been looking for” at 
SPVS.

To make this or any opportunity work, you must
have the right attitude and desire to succeed.
Read on if you do.


What is “Virtual School”?
Now that we’re well into the information age, most of you are rocket scientists
when it comes to the latest video games, using e-mail, and surfing the net.

Even if you’re not, most of you know how relatively easy it is to use computers and
the Internet to find virtually (there’s that pun again) any information you could possibly want.

We can apply that concept to school.

Virtually (OK, OK, that’s the last time) any course you take at school
can be offered over the Internet straight into your home.

Yep, have modem will travel.

And the face-to-face teacher time can still happen if you want or need it on a periodic basis.

Still don’t want “eye contact”?
Communicate by phone (210-826-2193) 
or by e-mail (spvs@swwf.org) with instructors.

Worried you’re way behind in your knowledge base, particularly in math and reading skills?
If you’re serious about getting an education, we can help you catch up.

There are as many options as there are students.

Whatever your starting point, we can tailor a program specifically for you!
And don’t even for a second think you’re alone.
More than half the high school students we serve start out with have these challenges.

You don’t set all the rules, but most of them, and the one’s you don’t
are tailored as much as possible to your needs.

See, we believe learning should be as fun as possible and 
that the system does its best to fit you, not visa versa.
It doesn't need to be intimidating, unpleasant, or dreaded.

Getting interested now?
Read on.


Hardware Requirements
If you have the following internet-ready hardware available to you,
access is but a few key strokes away:

Pentium 233 Mhz chip or better (Pentium III preferred)

128 MB of RAM or better; Windows 95/98 or better

Mouse; Keyboard; Microsoft compatible Soundcard; Headset or Speakers

SVGA Monitor and Video Adapter; must support 800x600 pixels and high color (16-bit)

56K Modem or better; Cable Modem; DSL

 

Computer Skills Needed
Can you type faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap two desks in a single bound,
and more powerful than a locomotive?  Good for you, superkid.
That’s going to be overkill for this, however,
as long as you can perform these basic functions:

Type, one hand or two

Access the internet using an ISP

Surf the Internet

Use software programs such as Microsoft Word

Sprinkle in a little positive attitude, topped with perseverance,
and you have the necessary skills to be successful in Virtual School!


Calendar

Our virtual calendar allows you to work towards credits this school year up to July 9th.
In general, the virtual school will follow closely with our physical campus calendars.
So, for next year expect it to start somewhere around Aug 21st and end July 10th. 

In general, you must have 180 days of “seat time” for the school year,
which equates to 720 hours of school; 20 hours per week.
The weekly time requirements are in effect except during scheduled holidays.
So, if you want to travel during Thanksgiving or Christmas, etc. you can. 


Student Requirements

Enrollment
If this seems to be what you’re looking for, here’s how to start the process.

Once you’ve read through this, call Wes Roberts at 210-826-2193 or 210-829-8017
to answer some basic questions to determine eligibility.

You must live in Bexar County and meet academic requirements to be in high school.
If you dropped out of school and are 17 or older, you must have at least 17 credits to enroll.

We’ll schedule an interview to determine if this might work for your particular situation,
and
then start the official paperwork if it does.

It’s as simple as that!

Even though the rules are minimal, there are some
(it’s still real life, you know)
to understand, agree to, and follow….

Seat Time
Every student, by law, must attend school a minimum of
20 hours each week, virtual or otherwise.

We do this by tracking the time you work at your computer.

Once you log on through this website and start your academics for the day,
we automatically keep track of how long you work.

As long as this totals 4 hours a day, 20 hours a week, you’re doing your part.
If you don’t do this, we’ll have to withdraw you from the program.

Once you see how great this is, I bet the time you stay on task
will go well beyond minimum requirements.

The real beauty of this program is that it’s self-paced.
The more/faster you work, the sooner you graduate.

It’s all up to you, nobody else.

Testing
At the end of each half credit course, you will be required to take a final exam
at one of our physical locations.

This ensures that it was you, not your dog, punching away
at the keyboard everyday, and learned what needed to be learned.

This is a proctored test that
needs to be scheduled ahead of time.

Credit Requirements
Once you know how to use the system, we need to pretty much get out of your way
because you’re probably in high gear and completing assignments left and right.
An average motivated student should be able to earn somewhere around
four to five credits per semester.

Our minimum requirement per semester is at least three credits.

If you complete less than three credits in a semester,
we place you on scholastic probation and
try to assess where you’re having problems,
deal with them,
and get you back on track.


In Closing...

We hope this gave you enough information. If not, please call or e-mail us with your questions.
This, like any other opportunity in life, still depends on positive attitude and hard work.
We look forward to meeting with you and possibly becoming partners in education.

Sincerely,

Southwest Preparatory Virtual School