Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education that provides flexible digital education opportunities to students and educators throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
For 40 years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided—through the program that is now Virtual Virginia—a variety of distance‐learning opportunities for K–12 students throughout the Commonwealth. Throughout our history, Virtual Virginia has made digital learning available to all learners in the Commonwealth with no barriers to enrollment—regardless of each student’s academic history or geographic location. For VVA, success is all about providing educational opportunities to all Virginia students and helping students grow academically.
What is today Virtual Virginia began in 1984 as Virginia’s Electronic Classroom, and by the end of the decade, the program expanded to become the Virginia Satellite Education Network (VSEN). 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 successfully completed courses through the VSEN program.
In the early 2000s, the VDOE launched a web‐based course delivery program via the Virtual Virginia Advanced Placement School (VVAPS). In 2006, the VDOE fully embraced online education and merged the VSEN and VVAPS programs to form Virtual Virginia.
Virtual Virginia is a program of the Virginia Department of Education that serves Virginia public schools by providing flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families. As a partner of Virginia public school divisions, the VVA program offers equal access to online K–12 instruction by Virginia-certified teachers, a Statewide LMS offering digital content for teachers to use with their students in blended delivery, professional learning opportunities for educators of all levels, and a summer instructional program for K–12 learners.
Projects and highlights:
K–12 Online Instruction: Virtual Virginia provides online instruction to students throughout the Commonwealth. Virginia-certified instructors teach courses from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, through daily synchronous instructional sessions and asynchronous content, assignments, and feedback. Students may enroll part-time or full-time.
Summer Session: The VVA Summer Session offers core and elective online courses during an accelerated six-week term for students in grades 6–12. In addition, VVA offers online K–5 Summer Enrichment Camps in computer science, fine arts, and world languages. Summer courses are taught by highly qualified, Virginia-certified instructors and incorporate both synchronous and asynchronous components.
Outreach Program: The VVA Outreach Program gives each Virginia public school division access to its own instance of the statewide learning management system (LMS) and online course resources at no cost, including free access to VVA support. Virginia public school divisions can import more than 100 K–12 course resources and online learning modules to their instance of the statewide LMS at no cost. Annually updated by Virginia public educators, content includes instructor guides, fully developed lessons with interactive practice and assessments, and question banks.
Professional Learning: Virtual Virginia offers online professional learning opportunities for all Virginia public school educators at no cost. VVA’s fully online professional learning opportunities include webinars, courses, certifications, workshops, conferences, and the VVA Professional Learning Network.