Nixa High School offers several online courses through the Nixa Virtual Academy (NVA) for high school students, that are taught by Nixa teachers. In addition Nixa partners with the Launch program from Springfield Public Schools which has a large variety of rigorous online courses available for K-12.
Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP) was established in 2007 as the state’s online school. It was previously known as Missouri Virtual Instruction Program (MOVIP). Currently, MOCAP offers courses for K through 12th grade. Students can take courses from any Internet-connected computer, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. MOCAP's mission is to offer Missouri students equal access to a wide range of high quality courses, and interactive online learning that is neither time nor place dependent.
Online course registration follows the same timelines and procedures used in each district school to place students in regular classes. NPS open enrollment in virtual courses occurs between August 1 and the end of the second week of school. Open enrollment for virtual courses also occurs during the first two weeks of second semester. Below you will find a link to the district’s school board policy regarding online courses (IGCD) and a link to the DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) MOCAP page. If you would like additional information about online courses please contact your building’s counselor or principal.
The district will pay the costs of virtual course only if the district has first approved the student's enrollment in the course as described in the below policy. Even if a student or his or her parents/guardians pay the costs for a virtual course, the student or parents/guardians should meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure that the course is consistent with the student's academic and personal goals. The district is not required to provide students access to or pay for courses beyond the equivalent of full-time enrollment. Students taking courses virtually are subject to district policies, procedures, and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the district's discipline code and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying.
When determining if enrollment in a virtual course is the best educational decision for a student, the student and parent might consider the following information-
Preferred Student Skills for Success in Virtual Courses:
*Student has demonstrated time-management skills that indicate the student is capable of submitting assignments and completing course requirements without reminders.
*Student has demonstrated persistence in overcoming obstacles and willingness to seek assistance when needed.
*Student has demonstrated verbal or written communication skills that would allow the student to succeed in an environment where the instructor may not provide nonverbal cues to support the student's understanding.
*Student has the necessary computer or technical skills to succeed in a virtual course.
*Student has access to technology resources to participate in a virtual course.
*Student previously has been successful with virtual coursework.