Virtual education programs provide additional instruction choices for students in non-traditional settings through distance learning options. These online learning programs offer flexibility to students while providing instruction aligned with the Standards of Learning. A number of Virginia school divisions provide opportunities for their students to take online courses as a part of their regular course offerings. (For information on school division online courses, check the local school division course catalog.)
There are two other instructional options available to Virginia students:
VDOE’s Virtual Virginia program offers pre-Advanced Placement (AP), honors and AP classes as well as academic electives and world languages. Virtual Virginia is designed to meet the needs of students who otherwise would be unable to take these courses due to a lack of availability or scheduling conflicts within their school. Eligible students enroll in Virtual Virginia through their local schools. The deadline for registering is the end of the first week of the local school calendar. The deadline for spring semester 4X4 block courses is the end of the first week of the local school spring semester. Visit Virtual Virginia for details about the program, including the course catalog, school registration information and more.
The 2010 General Assembly directed the Board of Education to establish criteria for the approval of virtual school programs that provide instruction to students in multiple school divisions. The criteria and processes approved by the board in November 2010 provide flexibility for diverse learners and ensure that instruction provided by multidivision online providers is aligned with state standards and provided by highly qualified teachers. More about: Virtual Schools & Courses – Multidivision Online Providers – information of interest to providers, school divisions and students and parents.
The 2014 General Assembly directed VDOE to establish the Virtual Learning Advisory Committee (VLAC).