Frequently Asked Questions

When may I drop off my child at school in the morning?

North Campus – the doors open at 7:45 am, school begins at 8:00 am
South Campus – the doors open at 8:00 am, school begins at 8:15 am

Before School Care begins at 7:00 am at both campuses. Any student entering the building, regardless of grade, must go to Before School Care. Charges will be applied as listed in the Parent/Student Handbook.


When do I pick up my child from school?

South Campus, grades PreK – pick up begins at 3:00 pm
South Campus, grades 1-5 – pick up begins at 3:10 pm
North Campus, grades 6-12 – pick up begins at 3:00 pm

All students left after pick up time is over will be sent to After School Care, regardless of grade. Charges will be applied as listed in the Parent/Student Handbook.


If my child forgets something, may I drop it off at school?

Yes, please bring it to the appropriate office for our staff to deliver. Parents may not deliver items to a classroom unless given permission by the school office.


Can I come eat lunch with my child?

Yes, we do not need advance notice. All parents/visitors must sign in at the office and they will be directed to the lunchroom.


What do I need to do if my child will be absent or needs to leave school early/late for school due to an appointment?

We ask that you please call the office by 9:00 am or send an email to vcaattendance@vcacademy.info. For students needing to leave early, your child will be dismissed from the classroom and will meet you in the office. Please do not go to your student’s classroom to retrieve him/her. Students arriving late from an appointment must check in at the office and bring with them a doctor’s note (not an appointment card). Students will then be given a pass to their class.


How do I log in to Sycamore Education?

Go to sycamoreeducation.com and enter your username and password. If you have forgotten this information, please call one of the school offices and we will be happy to get it for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chromebooks

Why are you now leasing Chromebooks?

We are moving away from families purchasing Chromebooks and bringing your own Chromebooks. It was becoming too difficult and time consuming to maintain and support such a variety of Chromebooks. The lease is $100 a school year or $10 a month. This covers the cost of the Chromebook and associated fees for software licenses.


What if I already purchased a Chromebook?

If you are a current family at VCA , you will be allowed to keep using your current Chromebook. Once it becomes unserviceable, you will be required to lease one from VCA. We will not provide repair service for a Chromebook not previously purchased from VCA. Does the school cover all repairs of a school owned Chromebook? We cover any warranty repairs We will also provide you a loaner while the Chromebook is getting fixed. This covers hardware failures, but not break/fix issues from abuse. Depending on the circumstances, we may have to charge time and materials for a break/fix issue resulting from horseplay and neglect. This will be decided upon on a case by case basis..


Can I give my child a Windows laptop or Mac Book to use instead?

No. The reason is the ability of a teacher to control the classroom environment and the school to be able to filter and monitor things. Google Chrome is one of the easiest and cheapest to do this with. Windows and Mac would require additional servers and cloud services to manage and therefore add a great deal of cost and complexity to the IT environment.


Will my child be able to access their own personal email accounts and social networking accounts?

This is a difficult question to answer. The school will be blocking social networking sites during class hours, but not outside of the campus. Personal Gmail accounts however are blocked because it will allow the student to bypass our GoGuardian software.


What about privacy and internet safety?

VCA will be using a cloud service called GoGuardian. It will allow the teachers to view student screens during class, close browsing windows, and send messages to individual students or the class as a whole. Categories of web sites such as porn and gambling will be filtered. Regardless of filter settings, the dean of students will get notifications of worrisome web sites and search terms such as suicide or drugs. One example was a teacher's child that was doing a speech on suicide. The admin got flagged and he approached the teacher about it. Once he realized that it was for a speech, the flag was cleared. If you have a website that is blocked that your child needs access too, they will be able to send the admin a request to whitelist it. The first year we did this, we had quite a few requests and added them as needed. There have been quite a few requests for students to be able to add extensions and wallpapers and other things to the Chromebooks. Our IT coordinator is still working out ways for students to personalize their Chromebooks but not compromise safety. Because there are so many extensions that would allow students to bypass our filters, we will always err on the side of caution.


Will I be able to check my child's internet activity?

Soon!. GoGuardian has announced that it will be adding a parental portal. We will inform you when it becomes available. As of now, only an IT admin can check internet activity. You may email VCA.IT.Admin@vcacademy.info to make a request to have your child's history emailed to you. It is a request we have made to GoGuardian to provide a parent login. There is no timeline yet on if such a feature will be implemented.


Can I prevent my child from accessing the internet after certain hours?

We are able to set time schedules for student devices as a whole. We hope that GoGuardian will be able to have a parental service eventually. One of our parents and staff members has been using Disney Circle to control not only internet access of her children’s Chromebooks, but also their tablets and cell phones.


Can my child use the Chromebook instead of needed a graphing calculator?

We have had several questions regarding the need for a graphing calculator if the student has a Chromebook. It will be up to the teacher if the Chromebook will be allowed instead of the calculator. There is a Chrome app that will allow a graphing calculator to be used while the Chromebook is offline. We are working on making that a standard app for all students. The online iStep testing system includes a calculator at appropriate times during testing. At this time the SAT and ACT tests do not allow for a Chromebook to be used. We will be regularly tracking this subject as it is sure to change over the coming months. For now, please discuss with your child's teacher about their requirements. This will be news to the teacher as well. We will be conducting training in August before school starts for the teachers.


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South Campus: 3805 LaPorte Ave | Valparaiso, IN 46383 | 219.548.8803 

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Victory Christian Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to VCA students. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions procedures, and scholarship awards, athletic and other school administered programs. We do, however, reserve the right to deny admission or employment to any individual who cannot benefit from enrollment based on past academic achievement, disqualifying handicap, or whose personal lifestyle is not in harmony with the Holy Bible, and VCA’ s stated philosophy and purpose. VCA’s biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be Christ like. Of necessity, this involves the school’s understanding and belief of what qualities or characteristics exemplify a Christ-like life according to Scripture. The school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or the conduct within a particular home or the activities of the student are counter to or are in direct opposition to the biblical lifestyle taught in the Bible. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual/lesbian or bisexual activity, promoting such practices and asserting that any philosophy other than God alone is the determiner of gender; and/or that marriage is between anything other than one man and one woman. VCA will love and pray for families with these struggles but we must stand firm in declaring that Scripture is truth and thus it would not make a good fit for students and/or families that are unable to support the moral principles of the school as taken from Scripture. (See Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:27)