Frequently Asked Questions
- Venture Upward partners with public schools to provide a tuition-free option in every state.
- Venture Upward also provides private-pay options in Arizona and Minnesota. We are also an approved ESA vendor in Arizona.
- All students must make weekly progress as outlined in the pacing guide for each of the four core courses of language arts, math, science, and social studies. Some states also require progress in elective courses.
- Other requirements may include participation in our Literacy Initiative, weekly attendance, and standardized testing, but these vary greatly by state. Please visit the state-specific pages for more details on requirements.
Grades are determined by a combination of effort and achievement.
Equity in education is something Venture Upward is committed to, which is why the Venture Reward was implemented. We strive to ensure that every student is equipped with the tools needed to be successful with the curriculum we provide through local district programs.
This funding is allocated to each student so that families can select materials that support their current academic courses. These materials can include things like a computer, printer, tablet, paper, pens, art supplies, science kits, books, etc. To learn more about how Venture Rewards work and what they can include, select your state:
Please note: funds cannot be used to purchase religious materials, although students may choose to purchase religious curricula on their own to use as a supplement to their Venture Upward courses.
To utilize funds, families place orders in our online Basecamp. Each order is then reviewed both by our staff and our partner school’s staff for approval. Once approved, our ordering team processes the order, and it is shipped directly to your home.
If a student withdraws from the program during the school year, all items must be returned to Venture Upward. Families may choose to be invoiced for items not returned. Please note that in Minnesota, all items are property of the VIBE school district.
If parents notice the need for further support in a subject, they may request a Student Success Team (SST) support at any time. The SST program allows us to begin research-based interventions at the very first sign of struggle or concern, without delay. We are very proud of the success of this program. You can read one of our student success stories here. We can also help coordinate additional support with our partner school’s SPED program, as needed.