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Academics

PA Virtual—A Leader in Cyber Education for Over 20 Years

PA Virtual approaches teaching and learning for each student by partnering with parents and students to determine how to best meet the needs of each and every child.

Our programming includes:

Each school is led by a certified principal and assistant principals guiding the academic team. The PA Virtual instructional model is designed to assist each student in reaching academic success.

We believe in the team approach to instruction; this is demonstrated in the commitment of our teachers and parent educators

 

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We Offer Both Structure and Flexibility

Our K-12 online academics program supports each child’s unique academic needs by combining the structure and flexibility he or she needs with the support of PA-certified teachers and principals.

Students and Learning Coaches participate in both synchronous and asynchronous instructional formats:

  • 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 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.

To help students succeed, teachers provide a pacing guide for them, outlining assignment due dates along with our K-12 online curriculum.

Our model of education provides each elementary, middle, and high school student with an individualized academic experience. 

 

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New Family Orientation

At PA Virtual, we believe all new families and students can be successful in our virtual model if they are prepared with the necessary support and knowledge. Onboarding begins with a two-week synchronous Orientation for both Learning Coaches and students, with continued support throughout the year to aid transition into our model.

Each day of Orientation includes both a morning and an afternoon session. Guided by Orientation teachers, families and students use their school-provided laptop during these sessions to actively participate in learning. Families will:

  • Meet their principal and learn about school expectations
  • Become familiar with PA Virtual technology and software
  • Connect with their academic and support team members
  • Participate in new student diagnostic testing
  • Learn more about student academic placement
  • Be introduced to helpful learning tools and strategies
  • Familiarize themselves with Learning Coach supports
  • Learn about digital citizenship and their digital footprint

PA Virtual’s Onboarding Program provides a strong foundation for new families to ensure a successful virtual education.

 

 

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Schoolwide Title 1

Schools qualify for Schoolwide Title 1 based on the number of low-income families in each district. Title 1 funding is used to supplement and improve regular education programs. Every district has a family involvement policy that describes ways parents and family can be involved in the Title 1 program. Parents must be full partners in their child’s education.

The PA Virtual Title 1 program has been established to improve student achievement and help all students meet the objectives of the K12 Inc. curriculum and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.

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Top-Performing

Ranked a top-performing cyber charter school in Pennsylvania per the 2019 Act 82 Building Level Score

Graduation

Our graduation rates are among the highest of all cyber schools in PA.

97%

of parents believe PA Virtual provides a safer learning environment than their child’s previous school.

    PA Virtual has been a wonderful education option for both of my boys the past eight years.

    My youngest has been accepted into the Scholars Academy and is taking high school coursework in 8th grade. My eldest son had struggled socially and was not focusing well at his brick-and-mortar school. He was able to graduate from high school in only three years with high honors. If we had to do it all over again, we would undoubtedly choose the same path: PA Virtual!

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    Kim McGuckin
    PA Virtual Parent since 2010

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