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Through its K–12 complementary instruction program, Virtual Virginia offers full-time and part-time online instruction to students throughout the Commonwealth and nation. Courses are available in a variety of subject areas, including core academic subjects, world languages, career and technical education (CTE), electives, and AP courses. Each public school student enrolled in VVA retains membership with their enrolling school division.

The VVA Outreach Program provides digital course content for teachers to use—at no cost—with their students in blended delivery via the statewide learning management system (LMS). The statewide LMS provides the following no-cost services to all participating school divisions:

  • Statewide LMS for educators and students
  • Tier 1 24/7 hotline and chat support for all educators
  • Professional development opportunities via the VVA Professional Learning Network (PLN)
  • Studio platform for video creation and management
  • Unlimited access to the Canvas Training Services Portal
  • Global Learning Object Repository access, plus access to VVA content and content shared by Virginia divisions
  • Access to K–12 course templates for local content creation

VVA’s Professional Learning program provides Virginia public educators with a variety of no-cost online training opportunities, including webinars, courses, certifications, virtual conferences, and the VVA Professional Learning Network.

Online learning is available year-round thanks to VVA’s Summer Session program, which offers summer learning experiences for K–12 learners across the Commonwealth and beyond. The Summer Session K–5 Enrichment program provides high-quality synchronous and asynchronous enrichment instruction in core academics, STEM, French, and Spanish. For high school and middle school students, VVA’s Summer Session 2022 will offer 90 online courses for instruction in grades 6–12, including core academic and elective courses, as well as credit recovery options for a number of core academic courses.

History

The Virginia Department of Education has a long history in providing distance‐learning opportunities for its middle and high school students. Beginning in the 1980s, the Virginia Satellite Education Network (VSEN) offered AP and world language courses via satellite television to students throughout Virginia. VSEN’s primary mission was to serve students in rural and underserved regions by providing courses that were unavailable because of a lack of highly qualified local instructors for those courses or because student enrollment would be too low to offer the courses locally. Thousands of students in Virginia and across the nation successfully completed courses through the VSEN program.

In the mid-2000s, VDOE added web‐based course delivery via the Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School (VVAPS). Shortly thereafter, VDOE decided to fully embrace online education and merged the VSEN and VVAPS programs to form Virtual Virginia.

Mission

Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education serving students in Virginia schools by providing flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families. As a partner of Virginia public school divisions, the Virtual Virginia program offers equal access to a Complementary Program of online courses for students, an Outreach Program offering digital content for teachers to use with their students in blended delivery, and a Professional Learning Program for educators of all levels.

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