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Socialization and Service Learning

Learning and Fun, Outside the Classroom

 

A common question families ask us when beginning the enrollment process is how often their child will get to socialize with others while being educated in a virtual environment. Socialization is an important part of a child's development. The Family Support and Student Services Department offers many age-appropriate socialization opportunities for our families throughout the year. In fact, most of our students find their social lives are just as enriching as their educational lives. The social scene is alive and vibrant at PA Virtual!

Field Trips Across the State

Our Family Support Coordinators (FSCs) organize numerous fun and educational trips each month across Pennsylvania. These are opportunities for students and their families to explore local attractions, meet other PA Virtual families, and build strong relationships. There are even field trips offered in the summer! Some examples of recent trips include:

  • Museums
  • Amusement parks
  • Theater events (i.e. ballets, plays)
  • Planetariums
  • Environmental centers
  • Roller and ice skating rinks
  • Local zoos
  • State and local parks
  • Local athletic events

Community Engagement

Our Family Support Coordinators connect families with service learning projects within their local communities. Service learning opportunities are incorporated into many of our field trips throughout the year. We work with our parents and students to provide ongoing community-based partnerships with local charities including food banks, homeless shelters, and donation centers.

PA Virtual also offers school-wide service learning opportunities including partnerships with Toys for Tots, the Ugly Quilt Project, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Drive enabling all students and families to participate, regardless of their home address.

Student Clubs & Activities

Discover the opportunities and experiences available through student clubs & activities offered by PA Virtual. Joining a club at PA Virtual is a fun and easy way to get involved in our online community as well as explore new and favorite interests! Whether your child's passion is for service or robots, anime or music, PA Virtual has a club that will peak their interest, or they can start their own!

Here are some of the clubs offered by PA Virtual:

  • National Honor Society
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • INTERACT (service learning)
  • Student Yearbook Club
  • Drama and Media Arts
  • Photography Club
  • Rowdy Robot Show (interactive technology club)
  • Writers Nook Club
  • Citizen Science Club
  • Get Powered Up (student empowerment club)
  • PA Virtual Chess Club
  • Get Fit
Another question we are frequently asked is if students at PA Virtual can participate in extracurricular activities at their local brick-and-mortar school. The answer is yes – students enrolled at PA Virtual are eligible to participate in their local school district’s extracurricular activities. This is another great opportunity for our students to connect with other children in their home district.