Virtual Schools & Courses (Multidivision Online Providers)
The Code of Virginia allows school divisions to offer online instruction to students in multiple divisions using a private organization, educational institution or nonprofit virtual school organization that meets Board of Education-approval criteria to operate as a multidivision online provider. Multidivision online providers supply online courses, or virtual courses, to K-12 students. Providers may offer only one course or may offer a full array of courses as a virtual school. Instruction in a virtual course is delivered primarily by a teacher who is in a different physical setting from the student, though local mentors may support student learning.
A multidivision online provider must be accredited by one of the following Board of Education-approved agency:
- AdvancEd (formerly Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation [CITA], North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement [NCA CASI], and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement [SACS CASI])
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools and Commission on Secondary Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) (formerly Northwest Association of Accredited Schools)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE)
A multidivision online provider must must meet Board of Education approved criteria to operate.
Application for Approval as a Multidivision Online Provider
- Information on the 2015-2016 Provider Application Process – which opens on January 5, 2015, is available including application forms and the Criteria for Approval of Multidivision Online Providers.
- List of Approved Multidivision Online Providers
- 2014: A Status Report Regarding Multidivision Online Learning (PDF)
For School Divisions:
- Local Division Model Policies and Procedures (PDF)
- Best Practice Considerations for Divisions Using Online Schools (PDF)
- Online Teaching Methodology – 60-hour professional development online course, available through WHRO's Consortium for Interactive Instruction and at no cost to Virginia educators, provides training to those interested in serving as online instructors or course developers for online learning.
- Vision for Virtual School Programs in Virginia (PDF)
- Key Responsibilities of Various Stakeholders (PDF)
For Students & Parents:
Questions regarding the multidivision online provider application process should be directed to Mark R. Saunders,Educational Technology Specialist.