History, Mission, & Vision
The Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School (PA Virtual), a public cyber charter school, opened its doors on September 4, 2001. PA Virtual provides personalized education for approximately 2500 students from diverse ethnic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds, and from a variety of geographic regions across the Commonwealth. PA Virtual is a pioneering choice in public education, empowering families through a dynamic partnership between the School and the home; a rich, research-based curriculum; and the innovative use of technology to meet the educational needs of its children.
The mission of PA Virtual is to provide Pennsylvania students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential.
PA Virtual will serve as an example of how a school’s parents, students, and teachers can reach their goal of achieving an excellent education through the effective use of technology. In concept, design, and delivery, the school will be a national model of innovation and excellence in creating a 21st century learning environment which prepares students to be responsible and participatory citizens in a 21st century society.
The core philosophy of the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School is that all young people can achieve academic excellence if they are provided rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention. Our school community values open communications, conversation, consistency, and putting children first. PA Virtual cherishes honesty and openness, group contributions and shared recognition.
- At the heart of our core philosophy is the belief that all young people can achieve academic success if they are provided with rigorous instruction, high standards, informed guidance, and individual attention.
- Numerous studies have demonstrated that when parents become active and informed partners in their children’s education, test scores rise, drop-out rates and apathy decline, and the active pursuit of learning becomes a compelling focus for each family. Therefore, the absolute necessity of parental engagement and partnership in the education of their children is at the core of our philosophy.
- The PA Virtual community believes the content, quality, and rigor of the curriculum matters and these directly affect students’ academic performance and achievement. Consequently, PA Virtual partners with K12, Inc. curriculum to ensure continuity and consistency in the curriculum content.
- Technology can be leveraged to be a powerful tool to support and deliver an effective 21st century education.
- PA Virtual believes that the partnership among certified instructional staff, skilled family support professionals, other school personnel, and engaged parent partners is essential in designing and implementing effective teaching and learning that results in academic and social growth for each student.
The PA Virtual Model
To meet its mission to “provide Pennsylvania students with an excellent education, grounded in high academic standards, which will help them achieve their full academic and social potential”, PA Virtual utilizes the Diamond Model of Partnership with the PA Virtual student at the center. By involving the parent as the Learning Coach; our highly qualified, PA-certified teachers; our Family Support Department; K12 curriculum and state-of-the-art technology; the PA Virtual Diamond Model of Partnership provides your child with the essential tools for learning and achievement.