Valor Global Online
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition & Expenses
How much is yearly tuition?
Full-time tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $6,500. This includes enrollment in up to seven classes, access to the online platform and all course material, an advocate, and all resources provided by teachers and the Valor community.
Part-time tuition is $1,300 per full-year course. Semester and trimester courses are priced per grading period at the same rate. ($650 per semester or $435 per trimester.) You may choose to pay in full or pay on a monthly basis.
Additional costs may include course or project materials, mission trips, and optional attendance at in-person retreats with other students in the Pacific Northwest.
Are scholarships available?
Need-based scholarships are available. A form is available after the application and enrollment fee are submitted.
How much does it cost to apply?
Do you offer refunds?
The enrollment fee will not be refunded for accepted students after July 1, as staffing will be finalized.
Do you offer discounts?
There is a 5% tuition discount if you pay in full before July 1. There is a 10% discount for every student that you refer that enrolls in the school.
Learning Environment & Classes
What grade levels are offered?
Third through 12th grades are offered for the 2020-21 school year.
What does a typical day look like for students?
Our goal at Valor is that every student is seen and heard daily: your student will begin every morning with either a video or live zoom call from their advocate in a short homeroom period. We offer a Focus Group staffed by an advocate to assist students in completing their work.
Valor creates freedom within structure: students have the ability to participate live or watch recordings of classes. Live classes and focus groups generally run from 8am – 12pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.
A sample middle school day (operating on Pacific time):
- 8:30-8:45: Homeroom with advocate (live)
- 9-9:30: Global community live chat (attend live or recorded)
- 10:30-11: Live help available for math and Social Studies
- 1:30-2:30: Live help available for Life Science
- 2:25-3:25: Business Development (attend live or recorded)
A student would spend time outside of these scheduled worktimes on lessons, content, assessments, and projects. Students can use the flexible timing to continue learning while on trips, participating in sports or activities, and to work at a time of day when they are most productive.
How many total hours for students each week? How many are live hours?
Students can expect to spend three to four hours per day total, typically in the morning. Time spent on coursework is dependent upon the classes chosen. Students also meet live with an advocate every day in homeroom and Focus Groups, and have unlimited access should the student need additional support or encouragement. Teachers and tutors will meet with students as needed.
Students are encouraged to attend classes live to facilitate greater interactions with their peers and teachers, but live attendance is not required.
What is a full-time student course load?
Full-time students also will participate in an Impact class, which collaborates with students around the world. Impact classes occur once a week. Students can attend the class in real-time (live) or watch a recording of this class.
Which courses are offered as trimesters?
What curriculum do you use?
We use a large variety of curriculum, modified and approved in order to ensure Biblical integration, real world academics and meaningful application. Our academic content position students as creators, not consumers, drawing from an entrepreneurial mindset. The combination of course material and entrepreneurial tactics create a unique and innovative curriculum for all students.
How are your classes different from other online schools?
Our hybrid of live and flexible timing distinguishes us from online homeschooling programs and fosters relationships, support systems, and a school community.
What technology is needed to participate?
For daily use, students need a desktop computer or laptop with video and sound capabilities, for watching and participating. The portal is accessible to smartphones and tablets, but is best experienced on desktop or laptop computers.
Most of our live calls and opportunities for video collaboration happen through a platform called Zoom, which includes video, sound, and chat. Zoom is a downloadable program with no additional costs for you.
When does the school year start and end?
The 2020-21 school year officially starts on August 31, 2020, and ends June 10, 2021. Students may start on a rolling basis throughout the school year.
Trimester 1: August 31 – Nov. 20
Trimester 2: Nov. 30 – March 5
Trimester 3: March 8 – June 10
Can students start anytime during the school year?
Can students work at their own pace?
What is an advocate?
What international study abroad programs are available?
All students participate in week-long mission trips in the spring that are cultural learning experiences. In addition, students are able to study abroad at Valor Korea (outside of Seoul) and Valor USA (near Portland, Oregon) for a term.
One2One & Service Learning
Does my student need to be a Christian to attend Valor Global Online?
How many service learning trips occur each year?
Who participates in service learning trips?
Middle school students are able to travel with a high school group if a parent or adult chaperone also attends on the trip. Middle school students may opt to attend a service week outside of Portland, Oregon, where they will be placed with a host family from Valor USA, and do not require an adult chaperone (although adult chaperones are always welcome).
Middle school and elementary students are supported in finding service opportunities in their area that fit their interests and passions. Advocates and Impact groups will work with students and families to support finding and reflecting on the service learning experiences.
What is the chapel experience?
Impact classes occur live on Thursdays and include live and pre-recorded global community interactions. Students collaborate with other students on chosen dates and times and live participation is strongly encouraged.
What does "One2One" mean?
What areas do the service learning trips serve?
- Kachamega, Kenya (outside of Nairobi)
- Tongko Village, Philippines (outside of Manilla)
- Titeyen, Haiti (outside of Port a Prince)
- Portland, Oregon
What is the approximate cost of a trip?
Students are empowered to raise trip funds through service rather than asking for donations. We provide funding strategies and opportunities throughout the year. Deadlines for partial payments are set throughout the school year to encourage the mindset of constant service and forward thinking toward the trips.