A Rigorous Academic Program Customized for your Child
Student success is at the heart of every decision we make. Your child’s team includes principals, assistant principals, teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, family support coordinators, and more. The team works together to fine-tune an academic plan that meets your child where they are right now and challenges them to learn and grow. All middle school teachers are highly certified in their subject area. 7th and 8th grade students have certified teachers for each core subject- Math, Language Arts, Science, and History- as well as Art, Music, and Physical Education.
We find opportunities for students to excel, and give them additional support where they struggle.
A Variety of Instructional Formats
Students and Learning Coaches participate in both synchronous and asynchronous instructional formats:
Synchronous - Students attend live classes with PA-certified teachers and children across the Commonwealth in a virtual classroom setting.
Asynchronous - Students have a customized schedule in a self-directed environment, supervised by PA-certified teachers. In the asynchronous format, PA Virtual teachers plan the students' coursework, supervise their progress, and are available to support student needs daily.
The principal, teachers, and PA Virtual team partner with parents to ensure academic progress and success.
Teachers make their lessons engaging by using discussion boards, podcasts, videos, webcams, wikis, and more. Students are expected to participate, to be engaged, and to take ownership for their education in order to take full advantage of this unique learning opportunity. To help students succeed, teachers provide a pacing guide (syllabus) for them, outlining assignment due dates.
We work with you to provide the structure or flexibility that your child needs.
Do you want to see what a virtual class looks like? Check out our Video Library for sample classes and more!
Opportunities for Middle School Students
Engaging learning for every student
Learning outside the classroom is important for middle school students. We offer regular outings across the state, and all grade levels are encouraged to attend. Students have many chances to meet families from their area and make some new friends doing things like exploring museums, visiting environmental centers, discovering local parks and zoos, and much more.
PA Virtual believes in social enrichment, and has established community-based partnerships with local charities including food banks, homeless shelters, and donation centers. Our students across the state participate in school-wide service learning, including opportunities with the Pennies for Patients drive, Toys for Tots, the Ugly Quilt Project and more.
Clubs and Activities
Our students have an array of opportunities to meet other students with similar interests. Some examples include National Junior Honor Society, Chess Club, Get Powered Up (student empowerment club), Get Fit (fitness and nutrition club), and more.
PA Virtual students use Study Island and Exact Path, two tools that help our teachers determine a student’s individual needs. These programs provide lessons and activities to support academic growth and are personalized for your child’s own learning path.
High-achieving 7th graders can apply to our prestigious 8th Grade Scholars' Academy
of Middle School teachers have a Master's Degree
of Middle School parents would recommend PA Virtual to other families
PA Virtual was the best choice for my daughter. She is so much happier and her confidence has improved greatly.
The teachers go out of their way to make sure the students are fully understanding every lesson being taught. I couldn't be happier with our decision to switch to PA Virtual!”
Melissa Day PA Virtual Parent since 2016
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