Middle School FAQ

What does PCVA look like for a middle school student?
At PCVA, we believe that our focus on establishing positive relationships with students and parents/guardians is essential to a positive middle school experience. We have a full complement of middle school courses as well as a variety of high school learning in which advanced students can enroll. During the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, students are required to complete English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, and Advisory. This is a great option for middle school parents who are looking for alternative choices to the traditional middle school day. However, this age group still needs day-to-day parental guidance and involvement.

What is my role as a parent?
Middle school is a time when students become more independent, taking on more responsibility and ownership for their learning and working more directly with their teachers. But parent involvement is still critical to student success. As a parent, you (or another responsible adult you choose) will assist your child in a coach role. While teachers set the pace of instruction, the parent helps their student stay on track.

  • Students will need dependable internet access

  • Students and parents will need valid email addresses and check them regularly.

  • Students will need a quiet study space with minimum disruption

  • Students will need to commit to set aside time five days a week to keep pace with the assignments.

  • Students will need a strong commitment to learning (6-12)

  • Students will need self-motivation (6-12)

  • Students will need to be organized (6-12)

  • Students will need to have strong home support (6-12)

  • Parents will be responsible for ensuring students are present, in person, for required state or federal testing.

IEP Students - What if my student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
Students who receive services through an IEP must attend virtual sessions scheduled by the special education team lead and/or therapists.