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Getting Started as an NCVirtual Student

Congratulations! You’re an NCVirtual student, and you’re a member of the second largest virtual school in the nation. We know you’re ready to get started, and you will be able to log into your course on the first day of class. You can prepare for that day by clicking through all the tabs on this page. If classes have already started, you can log in today! Here are our upcoming start dates:

Summer Session: July 1, 2021

Early Start Fall: August 9, 2021

Standard Start Fall: August 23, 2021

Early Start Spring: January 5, 2022

Standard Start Spring:  January 18, 2022

Be ready to commit time to your online class.  The amount of class time each day in your online course is similar to what you spend at school in a traditional classroom, but you can work any time in your online course throughout the day and take breaks as needed. Here’s the amount of time you can expect to spend in an NCVirtual course:

Summer courses: 2-4 hours a day.

Semester block courses: about 90 minutes a day.

Yearlong courses: about 50 minutes a day.

Yearlong AP courses: about 75 minutes a day

That’s the typical amount of time a student spends in a course. It might be a little different for you, depending on the course.  But be ready to work. Don’t worry, though. You’ll have a certified North Carolina teacher, peer tutors, and a support center to help you the entire way.

If you need help, reach out to us! We want to make sure you have a great semester.

Click on the “Confirm Enrollment” tab to continue.


Confirm with your e-learning advisor (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.

Even if you’re enrolled, your username and password will not work until the first day of class. Be patient until that time. You will find some resources to prepare you for class in “Print Our Checklists” tab.


NCVirtual does not send usernames and passwords to students. Get your username and password from your e-learning advisor. Your ELA is usually the person who enrolled you in your NCVirtual course. It’s often a school advisor. If you’re working from a school lab, your lab facilitator may also have your login information.

Head over to our NCVirtual Student Login page to access your course. This page lists some troubleshooting steps to follow if your login doesn’t work. Click on the green “Canvas Login Here” button to get started. This will take you to the Canvas login page, which is the platform where all our courses are taught. You should bookmark the Canvas login page. It will save you some time in the future.

Your login will not work until the first day of class, so if it’s not working yet, don’t worry! It will when classes begin.


We have a number of guides to help you. Head over to our Printable NCVPS Guides page and print the four student guides. This includes the following guides:

Getting Started Checklist for NCVPS Students

NCVPS Student Start-Up Guide

NCVPS Student Success Guide

Student Help Guide

Keep those guides handy as you begin your course.

We also have resources for each class before they begin. If you want to get a head start or if you need to brush up on a course’s prerequisites, then check out our Pre-Instruction Resource page.

Technology Requirements

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.).

Textbooks and Materials

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 see what you need on our Textbook and Materials Requirements page.

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.

Complete the Student Online Orientation.

NCVirtual courses are in a learning management system (LMS) called “Canvas.” Check out our NCVirtual Demo Course to get a tour of Canvas and see a sampling of our courses.

Having access to the NCVirtual Demo Course 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.

It’s the first day! Now what?

Step 1: Be sure you received your username and password from your school’s e-learning advisor. Remember, we don’t send login details to students.

Step 2: Go to our NCVirtual Student Login page. You should bookmark this page on your computer. Click on the green “Canvas Login Here” button. If your password does not work, review the troubleshooting steps on the Student Login page. You should also bookmark the NCVirtual Canvas page to directly log in to your NCVPS courses.

Step 3: Be sure you have a copy of the three student guides from our NCVirtual Printable Guides page. Today, you will want to follow the Student Start-Up Guide. Also, watch the Getting Started Video on the next tab. It will guide you through the entire process for the first day.

Student Help

We have a lot of resources to help you throughout your course. If you have a problem, ask for help immediately. Whether it’s a problem logging in, submitting an assignment, contacting your teacher, or understanding the course material, there’s help for you.

Visit our Student Help page to find the right help you need.

Moving Forward

Okay, you’re off to a good start!

Now what?

Remember those printable guides? Be sure to get the NCVirtual Student Success Guide. It will help you throughout the entire semester.

If you have a problem, reach out right away! Don’t let it become a bigger problem. You have your NCVirtual teacher, your school’s e-learning advisor, peer tutors, and the Virtual Support Center all ready to help.

Thank you for choosing NCVirtual! We want you to have a great semester, and we hope to see you back next semester!

You can access your NCVirtual courses on your mobile device with the Canvas Student app. The app is free in both the iTunes and Google Play stores. From the Canvas Student app, students can do the following:

  • View grades and course content
  • Submit assignments
  • Keep track of course work with to-do list and calendar
  • Send and receive messages
  • Post to discussions
  • Watch videos
  • Take quizzes
  • Receive push notifications for new grades and course updates

After you download the app, click on “Find my school.” From there, search for “NCVPS” or “NCVirtual.” Click on “Go,” and then use your NCVirtual username and password to access your course.

Note: NCVirtual does not recommend using your phone to complete all your work. We recommend the bigger workspace on your computer. Some learning objects may not work well on your phone. However, it’s a great app to check your grades and message your teachers!