Virtual ACADEMY: What you need to know
Be a part of the SJA experience from anywhere in the world!
Many St. Johnsbury Academy students, especially our boarding students, will need to begin the 2020-2021 academic year in a completely on-line environment in the fall of 2020, with the option and hope to continue in person when that is possible. To best serve these students, we built a live and synchronous on-line program called St. Johnsbury Virtual Academy (SJVA).
The SJVA aims to offer an on-line experience for students that is engaging and rich. We know that being able to talk to teachers and work in real-time with peers are both critical to a positive on-line learning experience. We will schedule classes depending on where you live.
Students who are in the Americas (at most three hours difference in time zone) will access all their courses synchronously (in live time) via Zoom. Students in the Americas will have access to all educational opportunities — courses, advising, and online extra-curriculars — provided by the normal schedule of the Academy. Monday-Thursday, the school day will run from 8:00 a.m. EDT (please note that 8:00 a.m. EDT equals 7:00 a.m. EST and 1200 UTC) to 3:30 p.m. EDT (3:30 p.m. EDT equals 2:30 p.m. EST and 1930 UTC), and like their peers here in St. Johnsbury, students will be expected to attend classes at the scheduled times. On Fridays, we will have an abbreviated schedule.
Students in China and other Asian countries will have access to a select number of courses matching student interest.
Some of these courses will be offered blocks A or B which should be early enough to allow these students access to the course alongside their peers at SJA.
Other courses will be offered in special on-line-only time slots to allow these students and teachers to participate at appropriate times. These time slots will be as follows:
Block L – 5:00 a.m. (09:00 UTC) Eastern Daylight Time.
Block M – 6:00 a.m. (10:00 UTC) Eastern Daylight Time.
Block N – 7:00 a.m. (11:00 UTC) Eastern Daylight Time.
On Fridays we will have an abbreviated schedule.
For students in Europe with about a 4 to 7 hour time zone difference, we anticipate that following the normal daily schedule will provide them with the best experience.
Rigorous Academics and Support
We recognize that online learning is only as good as the strong remote teaching, course design, student support, and engagement that we can provide. Our teachers have been developing the online versions of the courses they teach, understanding that the most important element of our Virtual Academy will be the relationship between teachers and students, and that all courses are designed with this close engagement and support as a priority. We will also offer opportunities for real-time college counseling support for our Virtual Academy students through our Office of Guidance and College Counseling.
A selection of courses such as AP Calculus, English, AP Microeconomics, AP Research, ESL, Visual Art, and others will be available. An online orientation program will happen the week of August 31.
Tuition and Costs
The cost for the year of the St. Johnsbury Virtual Academy is $19,500. We have intentionally kept this tuition affordable given all the stresses we recognize currently exist for our international families, and that only a small fraction of the full SJA experience can possibly be recreated remotely. Nevertheless, we aim to provide a great learning experience in the SJVA and we hope that those students who are not able to join us in person will take advantage of this mode of connection until they can return to campus.
SJA Virtual Academy Update — 8/28/2020
We are excited to welcome you to St. Johnsbury Virtual Academy’s Orientation next week!
Please find the schedule of next week’s activities below. All times below are EDT (MORNING in Vermont, EVENING in Asia). Please note that all sessions are for new AND returning students unless otherwise indicated. You will use the same zoom link for everything EXCEPT the meetings with teachers and advisors on Thursday and Friday.
You should have received an email with your course schedule for the fall. New students should have received instructions for setting up their school (stjlabs) email account, their school zoom account, and their Canvas (learning management system) account. If you have not received these messages or need help with any of these steps, please let us know before Orientation begins.
Finally, ORIENTATION WILL START ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1.
There is NO programming on Monday, August 31st!
Please let us know what questions you have, and we look forward to seeing you next week!
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Tuesday, September 1
7:00 am Welcome and Welcome Back from Admissions- Mr. Cummings, Associate Headmaster for Admissions and Advancement
7:15 am Welcome-Dr. Howell, Headmaster
7:30 am Welcome- Ms. Brazeau, Dean of International Students
8:00 am NEW STUDENTS ONLY- Technology introduction-Ms. Brazeau, Dean of International Students
Wednesday, September 2
7:00 am Campus Life Welcome – Ms. Choiniere, Assistant Headmaster for Campus Life
7:15 am Schedules and College Applications- Mr. Murphy, Director of Guidance and College Counseling
7:30 am Resident Life Welcome- Mr. Ryan, Director of Residential Life and Mr. Robillard, Dean of Resident Life
7:45 am Technology information- Ms. Laverty, Director of Technology Integration
Thursday, September 3
6:50 am Welcome from Ms. Brazeau
Class time with teachers: (SEPARATE ZOOM LINKS TO FOLLOW)
7:00- 7:10 am L block class
7:15-7:25 am M block class
7:35- 7:45 am N block class
7:50-8:00 am Advisory time for SENIORS only (grade 12) (SEPARATE ZOOM LINKS TO FOLLOW)
8:15-8:45 am NEW STUDENTS ONLY: Q+A and translation time with student leaders and Ms. Brazeau
Friday, September 4
6:50 am welcome from Ms. Brazeau
Class time with teachers (SEPARATE ZOOM LINKS TO FOLLOW)
7:00- 7:10 am A block class
7:15-7:25 am B block class
7:35- 7:45 am C block class
7:50-8:00 am Advisory time for grades 9, 10, and 11 students (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors) (SEPARATE ZOOM LINKS TO FOLLOW)
A reminder that your classes start on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th. There is no school on Monday, September 7th!