As a program of the Virginia Department of Education, Virtual Virginia (VVa) offers online Advanced Placement (AP®), world language, core academic, and elective courses to students across the Commonwealth and nation. Virtual Virginia is committed to providing high-quality, rigorous course content with the flexibility to meet schools’ and students’ varied schedules. Our program strives to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of students.
Virtual learning is the new frontier in today’s educational institutions. The technology of the 21st century provides a unique opportunity for educators to reach students who want the experience of online courses.
The Virginia Department of Education has a long history in providing distance‐learning opportunities for its middle and high school students. Beginning in the 1980’s, Advanced Placement (AP®) and world language courses were offered via satellite to students throughout Virginia. The primary mission of the program was to serve rural and underserved students with courses that were unavailable because of the lack of highly qualified instructors or there were too few students to offer the course. Thousands of students in Virginia and across the nation have successfully completed courses using the Virginia Satellite Education Network (VSEN). Several years ago, the program added web‐based delivery. The program became known as the Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School (VVAPS). The Virginia Department of Education saw a need to combine these two programs and fully embrace online education. Through that process Virtual Virginia was born.