EnrollmentQ. How is the Lawrence Virtual School different from traditional home schooling?A. Lawrence Virtual School (LVS) is part of the Lawrence Public School District USD 497, and students are registered as students in the district. Thus, we follow the expectations of Lawrence Public Schools. Students are public school students who work at home with a teaching adult (or overseeing adult for high school students). Lessons and materials are provided from LVS that meet or exceed the State Standards for each grade level. Students participate in Kansas state assessments.Q. How much does this cost?A. Lawrence Virtual School does not have a tuition fee; however, there is a $97 materials and technology fee assessed yearly for each student as decided by the USD 497 Board of Education.Q. When can I enroll my student? Can we start anytime during the school year?A. Lawrence Virtual School has an open enrollment period for the following school year beginning early spring.Q. Do you enroll special education students?A. Yes, our school does accept special education students, both for special needs and gifted education. As part of the enrollment process and required paperwork, parents will be asked to provide a current IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and the most recent comprehensive evaluation report if available.All students that apply for enrollment into LVS will be asked to meet a set of criteria (see Enrollment Criteria and Expectations). Once that is completed with our enrollment specialists, the student is then enrolled. At that time, if the new student has an IEP, an IEP meeting will be convened to discuss the services and supports needed for the student to participate at LVS.
Q. Can I take band/orchestra/drama at my local school? Can my student participate in sports?
A. Students have the opportunity to participate in elective courses and sports in their local district, being enrolled as a dual-enrolled student. However, it is up to the local school/district and LVS to approve of this dual-enrollment arrangement. Students have this dual enrollment option if approved by LVS.Districts also have the option to approve middle school and high students participating in their sports program. Students may only compete on the teams of their neighborhood school. Just like dual-enrolling in classes in the local school, families will need to communicate with local administration to determine if they approve participation and meet expectations.