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PA Virtual: High School

9th Grade - 12th Grade

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A Program for All Paths

Student success is at the heart of every decision we make at PA Virtual High School. Our program meets the needs of students with a variety of post-secondary plans. Whether your child is planning to attend college, enter the workforce, or join the military, your child’s team helps lead them on the path that is most aligned with their goals. This team includes a principal, assistant principals, teachers, nurses, school counselors, family support coordinators, and more.

Students use the 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.

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  • 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 Stats
  • History—Geography, US History, World History, AP US
  • 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

To hear from a PA Virtual graduate and why cyber school worked for him, check out this video.

Graduation

Our School Counselors stay closely connected to our high school students, assisting them with course selection and academic planning. 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. Throughout their high school journey, students complete the Capstone Graduation Project and have the opportunity to apply in 10th grade for the Early Graduation Program which, if all requirements are satisfied, allows the student to graduate after the 11th grade year.

To qualify for graduation, students must pass their Keystone exams. For more details on specific high school courses and AP and honors offerings, check out our High School Course Catalog.

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Download the High School Course Catalog:

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Instructional Formats

At our online high school in PA, we offer two instructional formats: synchronous and asynchronous. Families can choose a more structured schedule with daily, live, teacher-led classes or a more flexible schedule that includes independent learning with required teacher check-ins. The chart on this page outlines which courses are available in each format.

  • Synchronous—Students log in to their virtual classroom with other students and attend live classes with PA-certified teachers. In our synchronous format, teachers provide direct instruction, guide student work, and assess student progress. Synchronous classes occur Monday through Thursday; students work asynchronously on Fridays. To see sample schedules for synchronous high school students, click here.
  • Asynchronous—Students work independently with their Learning Coaches each day. In the asynchronous format, PA Virtual teachers plan the students' coursework, supervise their progress, and are available to support student needs daily.

During Orientation, you'll further explore each of these formats to choose the option that's best for you and your student.

Do you want to see what a virtual class looks like? Check out our Video Library for sample classes and more!

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Meet the Principal

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students, families and staff at PA Virtual since I started in September of 2016. I currently hold a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Drexel University, a Masters degree in Elementary and Special Education from Holy Family University and a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the Kingdom University in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Additionally, I hold various professional certifications in Pennsylvania such as Principal, Elementary Education, Special Education, Mathematics, General Science, Arabic, and a PA Superintendent Letter of Eligibility.

Prior to joining PA Virtual, I worked internationally in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a TESOL teacher and taught International Baccalaureate (IB) at a private international school in Bahrain. Upon moving to Philadelphia, I worked in the School District of Philadelphia as well as Philadelphia-based charter schools.

On a personal note, my husband and I have three daughters (Lina, Lara and Sofia) and as a family we enjoy working in our garden and learning about the world around us through reading, traveling, and exploring new places.

Dr. Shaikha BuAli, High School Principal

High School Experience 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 High School Clubs for students to get involved with, including the National Honor Society, Drama Club, Virtual Voices Club, Model UN, Photography Club, The GLOBE Program 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.

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.

Scholarships

Our 2020 graduates earned $1.2 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.”

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