getting started for students

Before the First Day of Class

Click through all the tabs below to see how you can prepare for NCVPS classes before they begin.

Understand your workload! Our classes are real classes, with real work, and real grades. Our courses are not designed to enrich other courses, and students can't audit or sit in on courses. All courses are for credit.

Summer School: 3-5 hours of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday. You must have daily access to the Internet for the duration of summer school. There are no exceptions made for students who attend camps or go on vacations where they do not have access to the Internet.

Fall and spring block courses: 90 minutes of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday.

Yearlong courses: 50-60 minutes of work each day (depending on the course), Monday through Friday.

Weekends: That’s right! Just like in traditional school, you may have homework over the weekend. We don’t have any due dates on weekends, but you may need to study for a test, read your novel, or work on a project.

NCVPS does not send usernames and passwords to students. Get your username and password from your e-learning advisor (ELA). Your ELA is usually the person who enrolled you into your NCVPS course. It's often a school advisor.

Your username is your PowerSchool ID number, but your password is generated by our registration system.

Confirm with your ELA that you are enrolled in the course and not waitlisted. If you are waitlisted, you may get into the course if new sections are opened OR if other students enrolled in the course withdraw from the course. No students will move off the waitlist after the 10th day of a course.

Make sure that your computer meets our tech requirements. This is especially important if you are working from home. You will not be successful in your online course without your computer meeting these technical requirements, using the right internet browsers, and having the proper plugins. There’s not usually a cost with any of the basic internet plugin and updates (like Firefox, Adobe PDF, Java, etc.).

Make sure you have the textbook and materials for your course. Only our Advanced Placement courses need textbooks, but a few courses need materials, like headphones, microphones, lab materials, etc. Ask your ELA if you need any textbooks or materials for your NCVPS course. Do this before class begins so that you are ready the first day. You can also view what textbooks and materials are needed.

Complete the Student Online Orientation.

NCVPS courses are in a learning management system (LMS) called "Canvas". Follow this link to the Canvas orientation.

Having access to the orientation does not mean that you are enrolled in a course. The orientation is not your course. Check with your ELA to see if you are properly enrolled.

BE SURE to have your ELA’s contact information BEFORE you leave for summer or before you start your course off-campus during the school year. Only your ELA can drop you from your course. You may need your ELA for other reasons during the summer as well. Your summer ELA may be different than your ELA during the school year. If you were not given this contact information, contact your principal immediately.


On the First Day of Class

Log in to Your Course

Go to our course login page at this link. You should bookmark the login page on your computer for easy access in the future.

If you aren’t sure whether to log into Canvas or Blackboard, scroll down below the logins to see which platform your course is in. Once you log in, you still need to find your classes. See how to do that below:

For Canvas Courses

Click on the arrow on the “Courses” tab on the left of the screen. You will see all of the Canvas courses that you are enrolled in. Remember if you have more than once course, your other course may be in Blackboard. Click on the course to enter it.


Check the Course Announcements

Announcements are an essential part of NCVPS courses. In addition to your regular lessons in the course, our teachers post a short daily lesson in the announcements. Think of this as a “bell ringer” activity. Our teachers also give further directions for daily assignments and showcase exceptional students work.

So be sure to check out the course announcements!


Navigate the Course

Go through all the buttons on the left navigation bar of the course to familiarize yourself with the course. You can’t break anything, so go ahead and explore!


Communicate with Your Teacher

In your Canvas course, click on the “Inbox” icon link on your left sidebar. Next click the “Compose new message” icon up top. In the “To” box, click on the “People” icon and select teachers. Write your message and send!

Phone: Look for a “My Teacher” button on the left column to find your teacher’s contact information. You will find a phone number and contact hours.

Email: You can also use your personal email to contact your teacher. You will find your teacher’s contact information by clicking the “My Teacher” tab in your course.

Please Note: Credit recovery students are to use the messaging and phone options only when contacting their instructors.


Update Your Contact Information

Once you log in to your course, check to see if your personal contact information is correct inside the course. Your teacher will need this information. Each platform works a little differently. See how to update your information below:

For Canvas Courses

• Log in to Canvas

• Click on your name in the upper right

• Click “Add Email Address” if your email is not listed

• Click “Add Contact Information” to leave other methods of contact


Credit Recovery Students – Getting Started

If you are in a credit recovery class, the process will work a little differently. To begin, locate the “Assignments” tab to the left of the screen. You will see an introduction on Getting Modules to Open Up! Once you have read this, look below and you will see on the Getting Started module. This is a link and once you click the underlined text it will take you to a new page.

Read the Introduction and then begin working on GS 1: Welcome to Online Learning. This is the only item you will see at this time. Once you work through and complete this section, you will return to the previous page where you will then see the second topic, GS 2: Student Support.

You will repeat this process until you have reached GS 11: Mobile Learning.


Begin Working!

That’s right! Begin working on your first unit right away! Read that first announcement carefully, follow those directions, and begin your course work. Be sure to take time to introduce yourself to your instructor. You will see directions how to do that in the course.


Need Help?

Be familiar with our NCVPS Help. We have a number of ways to help NCVPS students. Get the specfic help you need by visiting our NCVPS Help web page.