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The HCVA online application for the 2021-2022 school year will open by May 1, 2021. Application decisions will be announced via the email on file by July 15, 2021. Please do not call and check the status of your application as this will slow the application review process. Email inquiries may be sent to Principal Lindsey at Thank you in advance.



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.


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-five 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.

2021-2022 Application Dates

First Semester:

Application opens by May 1, 2021 and closes July 5, 2021.

Second Semester:

Application opens November 2021 and closes December 10th, 2021.

*Current HCVA students do not need to submit another application for second semester. However, a new application will be required at the beginning of each school year.


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 will be the third year of operation. The application period opened on March 15, 2021 and will close July 5, 2021.

Application Link:


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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