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 throughout the Commonwealth and nation. VVA 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 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.
Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education serving students in Virginia public middle and high schools by providing flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families. The program offers equal access to online courses for students who might not be able to take AP, world language, core academic, and elective courses because of a lack of highly qualified local instructors for those courses, because student enrollment would be too low to offer the courses locally, or due to scheduling conflicts within a school.
Projects and highlights:
- Full-Time Program: The Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia program offers a full-time program serving 200 students for the 2017-2018 school year. Students will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will offer all required core academic courses and electives necessary to earn a Standard or Advanced Studies diploma.
- Blended Offerings: The Virginia Department of Education has developed an Economics and Personal Finance course that can be delivered as an online, face-to-face, or blended course. It is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning and fulfills the one-credit course requirement in Economics and Personal Finance. Virginia public school divisions may choose to facilitate the course with a locally assigned teacher within Virtual Virginia’s learning management system. After the enrollment process is completed by the school counselor, Virtual Virginia provides learning management system training for division teachers through an online course facilitated by one of our experienced teachers.
- Math & Science Outreach: The Virtual Virginia Math & Science Outreach Program is designed to assist teachers of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Earth Science, and Biology. The program provides a statewide professional learning network to promote the sharing of SOL learning objects and resources for use in the classroom.