High School Overview
The PA Virtual High School provides a rigorous educational opportunity with high accountability and performance standards. Technology like web quests, podcasts, videos and web cams make classes engaging and interactive. Twenty first century skills (Global Awareness, Information and Communication Technology, Problem Solving, Time Management, and Personal Responsibility) are integrated with core content aligned to state standards.
The PA Virtual High School program holds high expectations for students, and also provides many opportunities to apply classroom lessons to everyday life. Students participate in co-curricular activities like Homeroom, Get Fit, What’s Cooking, and Yearbook. These social opportunities are virtual, using Blackboard Collaborate, where students chat, use microphones and webcams, and teachers and students build relationships inside and out of the classroom.
Students apply classroom lessons in real-world settings through the Graduation Project. At PA Virtual, the Graduation Project is student-driven and based on the student’s career interest. All of these aspects — academics, real world application, and engaged and active learning —provide students with a well-rounded educational experience enabling them to be successful after graduation.
PA VIRTUAL OFFERS A VARIETY OF INSTRUCTIONAL FORMATS
Adapting to your schedule, students and Learning Coaches use the K12 Inc. Online School for interactive and engaging lessons, which includes daily and weekly lesson plans. Principals, as the instructional leaders, partner with the teachers and parents to ensure student academic progress and success.
Students and teachers interact in regularly scheduled, live virtual classes using our Blackboard Collaborate™ learning management system. Interacting with teachers and peers, your child can engage in lessons and activities using 21st century, such as discussion boards, wikis, podcasts, videos, and webcams.
The Graduation Project provides students with the opportunity to explore and discover career options after high school. This discovery may take the form of service learning, job shadowing, or research. In addition to the opportunity to explore and learn future career plans after high school, this project completes the state’s graduation requirement for a culminating project.
High School Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate from PA Virtual, a student must earn a minimum of 21 credits in the following subject areas:
2 Foreign Language (2 years in the same language)
1 Art or Music
2 Electives (courses of choice in student’s area of interest)
.5 Graduation Project