How It Works

Myths About Online Learning

MYTH: Students who attend online schools lack socialization and social skills

FACT: Students at Heron Virtual Academy of South Carolina (HVASC) can participate in academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include museums, skate parks, zoos, etc.

MYTH: Students spend all day staring at a computer.

FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, students are involved in offline activities as well, including using textbooks, art supplies, science materials, etc. As students move through the curriculum each year, more of their instruction is delivered online. By high school, students work primarily online with their teacher and class.

MYTH: Attending HVASC is a part-time job.

FACT: Students will need to spend about six hours on schoolwork each day and the Learning Coach or mentor needs to be available during that time to help guide and support the student.

MYTH: Online schools don’t meet requirements for public schools.

FACT: HVASC is a public school that operates outside of a traditional classroom. Students are required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of South Carolina. The K12 curriculum is developed by a team of education professionals dedicated to engaging young minds and providing interesting and interactive learning experiences.