How It Works
Curious how online learning works?
With online learning, your child can learn at home or wherever there’s an internet connection while enjoying the benefits and support of West Virginia Virtual Academy’s school program. They’ll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities, using K12-provided books and materials.* State-certified teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called “Class Connects.”
West Virginia Virtual Academy (WVVA) uses quality curriculum from K12 designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, allowing them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build on your child’s interests and abilities. Our career and college prep program also helps middle and high school students prepare for life after graduation.
What’s my role as a parent?
As Learning Coach, you’ll have the opportunity to take an active and vital role in your child’s education. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child’s legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you may choose a family member, friend, or other trusted adult to serve as Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grades are offered by West Virginia Virtual Academy (WVVA)?
WVVA is a K–12 online school currently enrolling full-time students in grades K–11 for the 2023–2024 academic school year. One additional grade level will be added with each subsequent year until the school is fully operational for grades K–12.
Who is eligible to attend West Virginia Virtual Academy?
Any student in grades K–12 who resides in West Virginia is eligible for full-time enrollment.** Please note that your kindergartener must be five years old by August 1 of the upcoming school year in order to enroll.
How many of my children can I enroll in WVVA?
Because WVVA provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.**
What does it cost to attend WVVA?
Because WVVA is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. We provide West Virginia-certified teachers and instructional materials.* Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
What is the attendance policy?
As West Virginia public school students, all WVVA students must comply with the state-required minimum number of 180 instructional days.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
*Course materials vary by course. Please check with West Virginia Virtual Academy staff to see what offline course materials are provided.
**West Virginia Virtual Academy currently enrolls students in grades K–11 for the 2023–2024 school year. One additional grade level will be added with each subsequent year until the school is fully operational for grades K–12.