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PA Virtual: High School

9th Grade - 12th Grade

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A Program for All Paths

 Whether your child is planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university, enter the workforce, learn a trade, take a gap year, or join the military, we have a team to help them along the path that is most aligned with their goals. This team includes a principal, assistant principals, teachers, nurses, career counselors, school counselors, family support coordinators, and more.

The High School offers its honors, early graduation, and independent study choices, as well as field placement services and evolving options that enhance student learning and promote post-graduation plans. 

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Academic Highlights

Not only will your child learn core subjects of math, English language arts, history, and science, but they'll also pursue electives that expand their knowledge and excite their interests, such as: 

  • Culinary Arts
  • Child Development
  • Family and Consumer Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Sports Management

While many schools and districts across the country cut funding to these types of electives and programs, PA Virtual believes that enrichment is a key component to student development.

Independent Study

The independent study option offers eligible, self-directed seniors or other graduation candidates with a flexible path to select and study a topic. These students explore subjects in order to strengthen their college application, prepare for a future job, delive into a personal interest that aligns with relevant academic standards, or leverage gainful employment as a learning opportunity. 


Students use the Imagine Edgenuity curriculum which offers rigorous, interactive online content and is accredited by AdvancED. Through this curriculum and the innovation and expertise of our certified teachers, high school students gain global awareness, increase their technology and communication skills, acquire problem-solving and time management skills, and learn personal responsibility. These skills are integrated into the curriculum, with core content aligned to state standards.

  • NEW for 2023-2024 Accounting I, Child Development, Culinary Arts 1, Introduction to Family and Consumer Science, Life Skills: Navigating Adulthood, Principles of Information Technology, Principles of Business/Marketing/Finance, Sports & Entertainment Marketing 
  • English — English Language Arts, AP Literature and Composition, AP Language and Composition
  • Math — Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics & Probability, Financial Math, AP Calculus, AP Statistics
  • History — Geography, US History, World History, AP US History
  • Science — Earth & Space, Environmental, Biology, Physical, Chemistry, Physics, AP Biology, AP Environmental

  • Foreign Language — Multi-level courses in French, Spanish, and German
  • Humanities — Fine Art, Music Appreciation
  • Physical Education and Health — Lifetime Fitness I-IV, Healthy Living, Contemporary Health
  • Electives — Veterinary Science, Forensic Science, Astronomy, Creative Writing, Introduction to Coding, Computer Applications, Intro. to Communications and Speech, Digital Citizenship, etc.
  • College & Career Preparation — Reaching Your Academic Potential, College and Career Goals, Career Exploration, Independent Study, Capstone Graduation Project

Download the High School Course Catalog:

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PA Virtual provides an in-person commencement ceremony where students enjoy a memorable graduation experience, celebrating their accomplishments with their classmates, teachers, friends, and families. Our school counselors stay closely connected to our high school students, assisting them with course selection and academic planning.


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Students have the option to demonstrate postsecondary preparedness through one of several different Act 158 pathways. A minimum of 21 credits is required to graduate and receive a diploma from PA Virtual Charter School, and all high school students are required to take a minimum of 5.25 credits each year. 

Capstones and Early Graduation

Throughout their high school journey, students complete the Capstone Graduation Project and have the opportunity to apply in 10th grade for early graduation which, if all requirements are satisfied, allows the student to graduate after the 11th grade year.

Keystones, Courses, and AP/Honors

To graduate from PA Virtual or any PA public high school, students must participate in the three Keystone exams in Algebra, Literature, and Biology, as required by the PA Department of Education. For details on specific High School courses and AP and honors offerings, check out our High School course catalog.


PA Virtual Pathways to Purpose

By the end of senior year, each PA Virtual student (enrolled from grades nine through 12) receives more than 150 clock hours of career and/or college readiness preparation through our Pathways to Purpose program! In addition, students have the opportunity to earn industry-based professional credentials.

Our career educators and field placement manager help students explore interests, passions, and employment options through credited career courses, whole class instruction, small groups, and one-on-one support.

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Students learn about job shadowing opportunities, apprenticeships, internships, goal setting, college and job applications and interviews, career-related academic skills, and more! Learn More


Instructional Formats

Our PA online high school provides students with synchronous and asynchronous courses, carefully selected in consultation with students' at-home learning coaches and school-based counselors. Synchronous courses meet daily for live, teacher-delivered instruction, and asynchronous courses offer a more flexible schedule with independent learning and required teacher check-ins.

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  • Synchronous—Students log in to their virtual classroom with other students and attend live classes with PA-certified teachers. Teachers provide direct instruction, guide student work, and assess student progress. Synchronous classes occur Monday through Thursday; students work asynchronously on Fridays. View sample synchronous schedules >

  • Asynchronous—Students work independently with their learning coaches each day. PA Virtual teachers plan the students' coursework, supervise their progress, and are available to support student needs daily.

Students can expect to have a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous courses in their schedule.


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High School Life


Hear from PA Virtual graduates, see what a virtual class looks like, and hear from students! Check out our Video Library!

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Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

Personalized learning for every student

Field Trips

Socialization and learning outside the classroom are important for our high school students. We offer regular outings across the state for our high school students. Students have many chances to meet families from their area and make some new friends doing things like exploring museums, attending local athletic events, discovering parks and environmental centers, and much more.

NCAA-Approved Courses

The majority of PA Virtual's High School core courses are approved by the NCAA eligibility center. For a complete list of approved courses, please review the course catalog. All approved courses are marked with an asterisk.

Clubs and Activities

Our students have an array of opportunities to meet other students with similar interests. There are over 30 clubs for students to get involved with, including the National Honor Society, Virtual Voices Club, Coding Club, Peer Leadership Club, Photography Club, Student Council, and Yearbook. Students are also able to participate in their local school district’s extracurricular activities.

Prom and Graduation

PA Virtual celebrates seniors each June at our graduation ceremony and prom. Graduating seniors have the opportunity to walk across the stage in our cap-and-gown ceremony. PA Virtual seniors have a chance to celebrate with their classmates by planning and attending the year-end prom.

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Graduation Rate

We have the highest graduation rate among PA cyber charter schools!

Top Colleges

Our graduates attend top colleges and universities, like Brigham Young, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Emerson, Seton Hall, Harvard, Rice, Penn State, Temple, Univ. of Penn, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Univ. of Virginia

Test Prep

Our 10th-12th grade students can take advantage of our free SAT and ACT prep courses.


Our 2020 graduates earned more than $2.4 million in scholarships!

    “PA Virtual helped me prepare for my future goals by allowing me the freedom to learn in a way that was conducive to my personal personality, as well as providing a healthy challenge to my studies at the same time. I had to learn to be more independent and responsible with how I went about my schooling. That has to be the thing that has helped me the most in my life after high school thus far.”


    Dylan Macko
    Class of 2013 Graduate

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