The Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Program will pilot a full-time online high school for the 2015-2016 school year for 100 students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
According to a Virginia Department of Education press release, the school will offer all required core academic courses and electives needed to earn a standard or advanced studies diploma.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to high school students, especially those with the potential for thriving in a non-traditional instructional setting,” said Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This expansion of the nationally recognized Virtual Virginia program provides more choice and flexibility to students seeking a high school diploma.”
Students in the full-time pilot will be enrolled through their local public school, but will be taught by certified teacher through Virtual Virginia. Local schools will accommodate with access to technology, textbooks, special services and other necessary materials at no cost.
Courses are delivered through Virtual Virginia’s secure, web-based environment, and, like traditional classroom instruction, will include readings, discussion forums, written assignments, media, student presentations and projects, case studies, simulations, lab assignments, models and opportunities for student collaboration.
Local schools will still receive scoring information from Virtual Virginia instructors, so that they can provide online students with letter grades and credit for courses completed.
Students who want to register for Virtual Virginia must do so through their school and have approval of their parents and school administration. Registration is done through the school guidance counselors.
Since 2002, Virtual Virginia has provided access to courses to more than 40,000 students.