OPA Virtual Learning
OPA Virtual Learning Program FAQ
How do I enroll my student in the OPA Virtual Learning Program?
To apply for the OPA Virtual Learning Program, fill out an application on our application site, applyopa.com. Open Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year will be from February 19, 2021 through noon on March 19, 2021. Enrollment in the OPA Virtual Learning Program will be granted based on the waiting list generated during the random public lottery, which is scheduled to take place on April 28, 2021. Once a student has been granted a space in the program, the parents will be notified by the registrar and given instructions for how to complete enrollment.
Those students applying after the lottery has taken place will be put on the waitlist and enrolled as space permits.
If my student is currently enrolled in OPA’s seat-based program, can I switch to the OPA Virtual Learning Program?
The OPA Virtual Learning Program is open to all current and prospective families. If a student is in the regular based program, he or she may switch to the OPA Virtual Learning Program. Once in the program, the student can only switch back to the seat-based program at the beginning of each trimester. Once a student switches back to the seat-based program, he or she may not return to the OPA Virtual Learning Program or he or she will forfeit their seat in the seat-based program.
If I am on the waiting list for the seat-based program, what happens if I apply for the OPA Virtual Learning Program?
If you apply for the OPA Virtual Learning Program, you will still remain on the waiting list for the seat-based program.
Will OPA Virtual Learning Program students have scheduled Zoom meetings with teachers and classmates?
The OPA IS program combines synchronous and asynchronous instruction and activities. Students will attend regularly scheduled Zoom sessions each week for all academic subject areas. Students will also attend regular weekly small group support sessions for targeted intervention and enrichment. Students will also be required to complete asynchronous, independent activities and assignments.
Will Middle School IS students still have the opportunity to take a world language?
Like all OPA middle school students, OPA Virtual Learning Program students will be enrolled in a world language (Mandarin or Spanish), where they will participate in asynchronous instruction and activities.
Will OPA Virtual Learning Program students participate in physical education?
Per California Education Code §51222, all students are required to have a specific amount of physical education minutes per week. OPA Virtual Learning Program students are not exempt from this requirement. Therefore, OPA Virtual Learning Program students will be required to complete asynchronous instruction and activities to meet the physical education requirements.
Will OPA Virtual Learning Program students use the same curriculum as seat-based students?
All OPA students use the same adopted, standards-based curriculum for core academic subjects.
What is synchronous and asynchronous learning?
Synchronous – live instruction done virtually via videoconferencing in real time. Students and teachers meet together virtually at specific times. Incorporates face-to-face interactions for students and teachers.
Asynchronous – coursework delivered through the web, email, google classroom, etc. Not real time. Does not include real time interactions between teachers and students. May include videos or independent activities.
If you have additional questions, please email your school chancellor:
Garrett Bridges (Saddleback Valley) - email@example.com
Denise Alvarado (South Orange County) - firstname.lastname@example.org