Minnesota Virtual Academy
- Public, Online
- HOUSTON, MN
Minnesota Virtual Academy Reviews
Rating 4.08 out of 5 66 reviews
I have been satisfied with being a part of MNVA for three years now. I feel the experience of online school was exciting and new for me and so far has been the best for me so far. I am happy with the overall experience of attending this school. The counselors made it easy for me to attend PSEO full time and it was one of the best decisions I have made. All teachers are helpful with anything you need. One thing I would change would be the school's organization. I have had with my previous counselor that they were not very prompt or organized and the graduation plan does not update well with my PSEO classes but other than that I am satisfied with MNVA.
There is definitely room for improvement for teachers and staff. The school always seems disorganized, which can be extremely frustrating when it comes to things like graduation or sending information onto colleges.
I passionately love MNVA's teachers. They are affectionate, and hard working humans. They gave us 2nd attempts on our unit test or quizzes, and make sure we are on track. There is some extra help after class, and you just have to be there on time. The thing MNVA has to change is probably getting sports club. I want to do sports so badly due to my health, and sport champions also provide scholarships.
I prefer brick in mortar schools. Online school isn't for me, although here's what I like about this school. MNVA is a decent school. They do a good job creating clubs and school events that students can interact with to meet classmates and teachers. I like their clubs and electives, although I'd add a few more selections.
My experience as a MNVA student was good. I spent the majority of my high school with MNVA and I like the electives offered. The teachers are really nice and always want to help you. I am grateful for my counselor who helped me get through each school year. I like the courses and curriculum and the D2L is easy to navigate. This school encourages bringing students together through field trips and clubs.
Teachers are very organized and dedicated to helping their students to become successful. Although it's online; the school offers many clubs and in-person activities. Communication between the students and staff is excellent.
MNVA was a very good experience for myself as I was dealing with crippling mental illness at the time of my enrollment. I found it easy to go to classes, find classes, and participate in classes. The information given in classes was easy to follow, and I felt the teachers really wanted to help their students.
Students can be rude and not understand what people on the other side of the screen is saying. Its just straight out rude.
Awful School. As a student there it has been worse than any school I've gone too. The teachers are lazy, Rarely respond to emails and don't show you where anything is. You kind of need to figure it all out on your own. And sometimes they will randomly switch your teachers at the Semester, so don't expect to be comfortable. If you have a problem, you can contact admins who respond most the time, but never actually do anything and come up with a bad excuse. There are way too many assignments in each class, and they just feel like busy work. Overall, I would never suggest this school to anyone else, and I am not coming back next year.
It's great for people who want to do PSEO or have to have flexible schedules. Since the whole school is online you can do your classes anytime of day as long as you get your school work done by 12pm. It is a great alternative to homeschooling because you have real teachers that can help you and hold video conferences once or twice a week to go over the material for the week. So, you have the resources if you ever need help or need to ask a question. The only thing you really miss out on going to a school like this is that there isn't any sports.
My child went to this school. The teachers were caring and kind, but if you want flexibility with study hours it os not the school for your child. Administration was not honest with me and my child was miserable. We found Connetions Academy just as informative, with comparable instructors, but with more flexibility. If your child studies more efficiently at night, afternoon, or mornings, they can utilize those times as long as they study the required daily hours. My child is thriving more, her self-esteem has improved, and she likes to go to class. It was not so with Virtual Academy.
The school makes you feel more comfortable and makes school feel less scary, especially if you have social anxiety, but only certain people can handle a flexible schedule like this school has. You also dont form much connection with the staff
It was an alright experience, but there were a lot of issues with how classes were handled. I remember feeling like my teachers weren't really teaching me, but rather handing me a book on the subject and telling me the basic idea. It also seemed like the teachers didn't have a universal way of organizing their content, to the point where a feature that was necessary in one class was virtually useless in another. Beyond that, if you have difficulty keeping track of thing, then this is not a good idea for you. The school is nice with it's many options, but is terribly disorganized.
I spent 4 years of my High School life at Minnesota Virtual Academy. I was taught how to manage my time efficiently and how to be more responsible. However, I do feel like some of the classes do not work as well online, especially math and PE. Overall, I think it was a good experience. It takes some time getting used to.
I loved this school because it really fit my style of learning which is self-driven. I struggled in my local high school because I felt like I wasn't learning enough and the teachers had no time for explanations. At MNVA, when I reached out, my teachers were always there with help, answers and sometimes just friendly advice.
I just started this semester and I am really liking it. The only problem is that teachers don't do well with part-time students. I have been slightly scolded for not being able to make it to chats because I was in traditional school classes during the time it was going on. Not very understanding teachers.
My experience their is average. They don't empathize. They don't seem to try their best to understand in this online school. Thats what I would fix.
Overall my experience has been pleasant. I think that the curriculum is well set up and prepares students for education. The only problem was learning style conflicts with teachers that could have been resolved in a more efficient manor.
There aren't any extra curriculum activities; advisor doesn't communicate with the parent at all. Teachers don't even call monthly to check up on how the student is doing as they would usually do at other online or charter school. School is not flexible with courses. If you miss any lesson during that day, you would be written as absent and can't complete it the next day. You can't finish anything on weekends or vacations, that would be "Overdoing it." If you 'miss' any lesson over seven times, you would be sent to a meeting discussing that your child would go to court, be taken away from you, or even go to jail. So flexibility is crossed off from the list they supposedly said their school offers. The materials and courses are fun and beneficial towards your child, however. So basically, it's like homeschooling your child you are in charge of making sure they complete assignments, doing attendance, and helping your child with lessons.
Mnva is an absolutely amazing alternative to a public school building. I can no longer go to a school building because of health issues, and am sure glad I chose this option. The CCs are a great time to be communicating with your teachers, and get to have the content taught by a person and not a website. But, the PE teacher does not do a very good job of adjusting content based on students medical needs. The PE teacher also teaches at a public school 4/5 days a week and thinks everyone online can do the same stuff as the people in ‘regular’ school. For example, he has his students run a timed mile twice a year. A huge amount of students at mnva do online schooling BECAUSE of PE. I personally cannot run 1/2 of a mile without passing out. I told him that and he didn’t give me any alternatives. He told me to run as fast and far as my body can handle, then stop. He should have given me a different activity, like jump roping as many times as I can in ___ seconds!