Valor Global Online
Frequently Asked Questions
Tuition & Expenses
How much is yearly tuition?
Full-time tuition for the 2019-20 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.)
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 during the application process.
How much does it cost to apply?
There is a one-time enrollment fee of $200, due with the initial application. There is a possibility of a full refund if it is determined that Valor Global Online is not a good fit for your student.
Do you offer refunds?
If you pay in full and later decide to un-enroll or transfer, we will refund your tuition based on a prorated amount. (If you transfer after one trimester, you will pay for the trimester and receive a refund for the remaining two trimesters.) For your information, we have yet to have a family un-enroll mid-year.
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 3% tuition discount if you pay in full before July 1. There is a 10% discount if you refer a family to the school.
Learning Environment & Classes
What grade levels are offered?
Third through 12th grades are offered for the 2019-20 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.
Valor creates freedom within structure: students have the ability to participate live or watch recordings of classes. Students check in to their classes and optional weekly chapel sessions live or on their own time. All courses have scheduled “office hours” during the week for live help.
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. This is dependent upon the classes chosen. Students also meet live with an advocate once a week if not more, 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?
A full-time student will take five classes. Students are expected to check into their core subjects three days per week and elective subjects two days per week.
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?
All courses are on a trimester schedule to allow for flexibility in scheduling and facilitate our open, rolling admission. This is a change from the 18-19 school year, in which core courses were offered as semester courses.
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?
We are different in many ways, including our strong social community, our whole-child approach that integrates physical, emotional, spiritual and cognitive growth. Our course offerings that focus on students creating and producing rather than passively taking in content.
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?
Students need a device (computer, laptop, tablet, or phone) with video and sound capabilities, for watching and participating. 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 2019-20 school year officially starts on August 26, 2019, and ends June 4, 2020. Students may start on a rolling basis throughout the school year.
Trimester 1: Aug. 26 – Nov. 14
Trimester 2: Nov. 18 – Feb. 28
Trimester 3: March 3 – June 4
Can students start anytime during the school year?
Many of our students start at the beginning of the school year. Students can start anytime with a rolling start date and will work with their advocate and teachers to find an appropriate pacing to complete their course(s) and participate in the school community.
Can students work at their own pace?
We have a recommended pace for students to ensure that they do not fall behind on their studies for a given term. We may modify the pace according to the student’s needs.
What is an advocate?
An advocate is a Valor Global Online staff member who mentors, encourages, and teaches students how to effectively advocate for themselves in classes and in the rest of their lives. Advocates meet with students individually at least weekly to help set goals, prioritize work loads, balance areas of life, and spend time developing students’ spiritual growth.
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 to these service trips, students are able to study abroad at Valor Korea (outside of Seoul) and Valor USA (outside of Portland, Oregon) for a term.
One2One & Service Learning
Does my student need to be a Christian to attend Valor Global Online?
No; our students do not have to sign any statement of faith to attend. Chapel is optional for students. Impact groups contain a strong Christian component but are built around serving others and many of our students find that they form their closest peer relationships in Impact groups.
How many service learning trips occur each year?
Students attend one service learning trip in person each year and participate in other service-focused virtual activities throughout the school year.
Who participates in service learning trips?
High school students are required to participate in a service learning trip around spring break. Classes are paused for this week to support the trip.
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?
Chapel is currently on Mondays and can be attended live or watched later. Attendance at chapel is optional. The day of the week is subject to change over the school year.
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?
Your tuition also pays an entire year of tuition for one student at one of our supported sister schools. (Located in Kenya, the Philippines, and Haiti.) The schools build relationships and connect through Impact groups, course assignments, and other creative ventures. This ongoing connection and partnership changes apathy to impact: giving and contributing to others brings lasting joy, peace, and fulfillment.
What areas do the service learning trips serve?
Locations may change from year to year. Generally, we visit the schools that our One2One program supports and host at least one domestic trip. Locations have included:
- 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?
Service learning trip costs are dependent upon the location of the trip and the student’s location. Costs range from $500 – $3000.
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.
What schools participate in service learning trips?
Valor Global Online students partner with Valor Korea and Valor USA to attend the mission trips. Students from all school communities will meet and interact with each other prior to the trips.