Enrollment and Attendance FAQs

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Utah Virtual Academy (the “School”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, citizenship status, or genetic information in its programs and activities as required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  The School also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups in accordance with the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act.  The following person at the School has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies:

Meghan Merideth, Head of School
310 E. 4500 S.
Murray, Utah 84107
801-262-4922

mmerideth@utahvirtual.org

If an individual believes that he or she, or his or her child, has been discriminated against by the School, that individual may contact the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights (“OCR”).  OCR is a federal agency responsible for enforcing federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including public schools.  The contact information for OCR’s headquarters (in Washington, D.C.) and its Denver Office (the office that serves Utah) is as follows:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon B. Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 2020-1100

Telephone: 800.421.3481

Fax: 202.453.6012; TDD: 800.877.8339

Email: OCR@ed.gov

Denver Office

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, CO  80204-3582

Telephone: 303.844.5695

Fax: 303.844.4303; TDD: 800.877.8339

Email: OCR.Denver@ed.gov

Who is eligible to attend the Utah Virtual Academy?

Any student in grades K–12 who resides in Utah is eligible for full-time enrollment. Through the Public Education Online option, individual, tuition-free online courses are also available to any Utah high school student, statewide, who is currently attending either a public school within his or her resident district, a private school, or a state-approved charter school. Students who are home schooled may also enroll.

How Many Students Does UTVA Enroll?

Per UTVA’s charter the school can have a total enrollment of 2050 students. Please reference the chart below for grade level enrollment allotments.

Enrollment by grade band

Does UTVA Have a Lottery Process for Enrollment?

Students in kindergarten through eleventh grade participating in the UTVA must reside in Utah and meet the age requirements in order to be eligible to enroll in UTVA. Additionally, per state statue 53A-1a-506.5, students must participate in an equitable lottery and assigned a seat offer or waitlist number upon the conclusion of the lottery. When a vacancy occurs because a student has withdrawn from UTVA, UTVA may immediately enroll a new student from its list of applicants. Siblings of UTVA students receive admission preference.

State law requires a student to be at least five years old and no more than 17 years old on or before September 1 to be eligible for the current school year. With respect to special education, a person who is no more than 21 years old on or before September 1 and has not passed the eleventh grade is eligible for UTVA.

Can All Students Enroll At UTVA?

UTVA is an open-enrollment public charter school. Therefore, it is open to all eligible students on a space available basis and does not discriminate in its admissions policies or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, religion, ancestry, or athletic performance.

When Can My Child Enroll in UTVA?

Utah Virtual Academy will begin enrolling students for the 2019–2020 school year as set forth below. UTVA will continually enroll until October 1 or until the charter’s cap of 2050 is reached. Once either of those events occur, the school will only fill seats that have been vacated throughout the year. The vacated seas will be filled by students on the waitlist through using a lottery.

Enrollment Dates for SY 2019–2020:

  • Enrollment for returning students: 4/8/18
  • Enrollment for new students: 4/5/18

How Do I Know My Student Has Been Enrolled in UTVA?

Following Utah Code 53G-6-503. Charter school students -- Admissions procedures – Transfers requirements, UTVA will provide written notification to a student’s parent or legal guardian of an offer of admission. Once the parent or legal guardian received this offer, they will be required to submit written acceptance of the offer of admission. Then, written notification will be sent to the student’s current charter school or school district of residence, that an acceptance of admission of the student has been received.

A student can only be enrolled, full-time at one charter school or school district.

Can my child take courses with Utah Virtual Academy while enrolled in another school?

As part of the Utah Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP), students in grades 9-12 attending a local district school, approved charter school, private school, or homeschool can take up to six tuition-free credit-bearing online courses with UTVA using the K12 curriculum. See the Individual High School Courses Option Program under How To Enroll. Outside of the SOEP, students grades K-12 must be enrolled full-time with UTVA.

How Do I Enroll in the Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) for grades 6-12?

https://www.schools.utah.gov/File/821943a1-3504-4f9c-a0df-322db58e8b52

How many of my children can I enroll in the Utah Virtual Academy?

Because the Utah Virtual Academy provides all the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program. We currently have families with as many as five children in the program being guided by one teaching adult in conjunction with the support of Utah Virtual Academy teachers.

What does it cost to attend the Utah Virtual Academy?

Since the Utah Virtual Academy is a public school program, there is no tuition. The Utah Virtual Academy provides a state-certified teacher and all instructional materials for the program. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper). In addition, families are required to provide their own computers and Internet access to participate in the program.

What is UTVA’s 2018–2019 Course Fee Schedule?

AP Course Textbooks (course based) $100-$200/course
CE Courses $5/credit

Utah Virtual Academy strives to provide an outstanding online education while keeping the cost to families to a minimum. Please note, any mandatory payment for student participation in a class, program, or activity is a fee and is subject to the fee waiver requirements. The Utah Virtual Academy fee policies and fee waiver forms can be found at https://utva.k12.com.

All students are responsible to pay for any loss, breakage, or damage they cause to school property. Such loss, breakage, or damage to school property is not subject to fee waiver requirements.

Where Can I Find Information About State Online Education Courses, For Students in Grades 6-12?

General Website: https://www.schools.utah.gov/edonline

What is the attendance policy?

The Utah Virtual Academy works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their required number of 180 instructional days.

Can I take a vacation during the school year?

The school calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.

Does the Utah Virtual Academy offer full- or half-time kindergarten?

Kindergarten is offered as half-time. Students study Language Arts, Math, and History.

How Do I Withdraw or Transfer My Student?

To transfer a student on or before June 30, the parent or legal guardian must provide the school a notice of intent to enroll the student in the student’s school district of residence for the following year.

To transfer a student after June 30, a parent or legal guardian must submit a letter of acceptance for enrollment to UTVA. This letter of acceptance may be from the school district of residence, a nonresident school district, or a charter school.

What Form Do I Need to Complete to Have My Student Transfer From UTVA?

To begin the transfer process from UTVA into another school, please complete the withdrawal form located, here: http://tinyurl.com/utvawithdrawparent