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Update 7/21/22: The Hawkins County Virtual Academy is no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All applicants have been notified by the email on file of their application status. If you cannot find your child’s application status email, please check both your spam and junk folders. 





Hawkins County Schools Virtual Academy


     HCVA Eligibility and Admissions

  • Submit an online application and all required forms within the designated application period.
  • Students must not have academic, behavior or attendance issues that would prevent progress in an independent learning environment.
  • Parent/Guardian must have a strong commitment to collaborate in their child’s progress and ensure student’s meet daily and weekly attendance and progress goals.
  • Students must have reliable internet access at home and a home computer. Tablets are not compatible with many of the online course requirements.
  • Parents and students must make a commitment to communicate weekly or as needed with HCVA and online teaching staff. This may be by email, phone, text or in-person meetings.
  • Students not meeting the communication, academic, behavior or attendance guidelines will be removed from the HCVA program and required to enroll in their zoned school.

   2022-2023 Application Dates

  • First Semester: Application opens by May 2, 2022 and closes July 1, 2022.


  • Second Semester: Waiting list application opens November 2022 and closes December 2022.

*Current HCVA students do not need to submit another application for second semester. Returning HCVA student applications will be emailed to parents prior to the end of the school year. Parents may request re-enrollment or request to return to their zoned school during that time.


HCVA Faculty

Principal: Sharon Lindsey

The HCVA is under the leadership of Principal, Sharon Lindsey. She was the founding principal of the HCVA when it launched in 2019-2020. Ms. Lindsey also serves as the principal of the local alternative school. Ms. Lindsey has over twenty-seven years’ experience in education including special education, alternative education, behavior management and online learning. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Education from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University. She is an executive board member on the state of Tennessee Alternative Education board. Email Ms. Lindsey:


Coordinating Teacher: Lisa Mullins

Lisa Mullins is a veteran Hawkins County educator with over 20 years' experience teaching a variety of educational levels including adult education, college courses, alternative education, and K-8 public education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and a Master of Arts in History from East Tennessee State University.  In addition, Ms. Mullins earned a teaching endorsement in Biology. Ms. Mullins is a native of Hawkins County, Tennessee. Ms. Mullins is a great asset to the HCVA program. She provides administrative support, weekly progress monitoring, documents student attendance, provides local technical support, and provides in-person and virtual tutoring. Her services are available by appointment by calling 423-272-6655 ext. 2322.

Email Ms. Mullins:


Counselor: Casey Gray

Mrs. Casey Gray is the counselor for both the Hawkins County Virtual Academy and Pathways Alternative School. Mrs. Gray is a veteran teacher and counselor. In the eleven years that she has been with Hawkins County Schools, she has worked in a variety of settings including: Behavioral Mod, CDC, alternative learning, and general education classrooms. Before coming to Pathways Alternative and Hawkins County Virtual Academy, she taught ELA and Social Studies at Church Hill Intermediate and Mooresburg Elementary. Mrs. Gray holds a Bachelor's degree in K-6 Education from King University and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Liberty University.


History of HCVA

2019-2020 Year 1

The Hawkins County Virtual Academy launched in August 2019. Fifty students successfully completed the program in the 2019-2020 school year. Grades 3-12 were served the first year. During the first year, 8 seniors graduated from the HCVA program. All graduates successfully transitioned to either military, TCAT or local colleges.


2020-2021 Year 2

In July 2020, the Hawkins County Board of Education approved moving the enrollment cap from 50 students to 120 students. Enrollment opened to grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. In August 2020 a coordinating teacher was hired to assist with the program. The coordinating teacher provides administrative support, weekly progress monitoring, records student attendance, provides local technical support, and provides in-person and virtual tutoring. During the 2nd year of operation, over ninety students were enrolled K-12. Approximately fifteen students graduated from the HCVA. Due to the COVID pandemic, the HCVA staff assisted with district eLearn students as well as the HCVA students.


2021-2022 Year 3

2021-2022 was the third year of HCVA operation. However, the 21-22 school year marked the first year in operation as a freestanding school recognized by the state. The first two years of operation fell under the state guidelines as a virtual “program”. The Tennessee Department of Education released new virtual school guidance in May 2021 in response to COVID school closures and at-home virtual programs. This guidance affected the ability for the HCVA to operate as it had in the past. One of the major impacts of the new guidance was that students were no longer allowed to be enrolled at their zoned school of record. The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association also released new guidance that allowed students to play sports at the zoned school while being enrolled in a virtual school. The HCVA held full-capacity enrollment of 120 seats and maintained a waiting list for the 21-22 school year. 





Sharon Lindsey

Sharon Lindsey
Principal of Hawkins Co Virtual Academy and Pathways Alternative School

423-272-7629  Ext:2320
Email Sharon Lindsey

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