Mentors play an important supportive role to help students stay on task, but students are expected to manage their time and academic schedules directly. Although there is room for flexibility, students are expected to move at a consistent pace in each subject and should plan to spend at least one hour per day, five days per week, working on each course.
High school students typically will have several teachers, all of whom are well prepared in their subject fields. For example, students might have an English teacher, a math teacher, a science teacher, etc. Teachers grade written assignments, review assessments, respond to student questions, conduct online sessions, offer online office hours, and provide tutorial help. With MVA teachers at the helm, parents don’t need to worry about having expertise in high school subjects.
Communication between parents, learning coaches/mentors, and teachers is vital. Teachers are parents’ or learning coaches’ first point of contact when questions arise about the curriculum or a student’s progress. Opportunities for communication include:
- Regular phone conferences between the parents, learning coaches/mentors, and the teachers.
- Regular communication between the teachers and the students. Teachers might ask students to read a selection, discuss work samples, explain a math problem, make predictions, analyze data, or discuss cause & effect in historical events. Parents and learning coaches/mentors are welcome to listen in on these exchanges.
- Regular teacher office hours.