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Frequently Asked Questions

Knox County Schools Virtual High School

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is my student eligible to enroll at KCS Virtual High School?

Students must live in Knox County and be in good standing (academic and attendance) at their base school to be considered for a transfer.

2. What is the cost to enroll my student in Virtual School? 

Knox County Schools Virtual High School is a public school and serves Knox County residents at no additional cost. School fees are recommended but not required to cover the cost of virtual programs to engage students in the curriculum.

3. Is my student eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities and/or sports while enrolled in the Virtual School?    

No. Once students enroll in KCS Virtual High School, they are not eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities and/or sports at other Knox County Schools. KCS Virtual High School does offer a variety of clubs which meet virtually. 

4. Do students attending KCS Virtual High School students earn a regular high school diploma?

Absolutely! Our graduates receive the same diploma as other schools in our district. In addition we also recognize Honors graduates and those that graduate with Distinction.

5. If we try Virtual School and do not feel that it is a good fit for our student, can we return to our zoned school?  

Yes. We do ask for a year commitment to give the student time to acclimate to a new way of learning. If after the year is up the student wishes to return to school, he/she will be able to do so at no penalty.

6. When is enrollment for Virtual School?   

New enrollments are considered for the fall semester until September 1. For the spring semester, students must be enrolled by January 30.

7. What does a typical day look like for students?

Classes are synchronous which means students meet with their teachers everyday during the scheduled class times.

8. If the schedule is synchronous, what time do classes meet?


1st period - 8:30 - 10:00

2nd period - 10:10 - 11:40


3rd period - 12:20 - 1:50

4th period - 2:00 - 3:30

9. Can my student be denied a transfer to KCS Virtual High School?

Yes, if your student is truant (misses more than 10 school days) or if your student is not successful in a virtual setting (failing half or more classes), the transfer may be revoked and your student would need to return to his/her zoned school.

10. How is attendance taken?

Students must be actively engaged in the lesson. This includes the student being present at the beginning of the class with the camera on for attendance, and engaging with the teacher and classmates throughout the lesson. If the student does respond to questions asked by the teacher or in grouping activities, the teacher will mark the student absent as he/she may not be attending the class.