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Guide to Online High School in Virginia

May 17, 2018

Online high schools are becoming increasingly popular for families who want to personalize their student's learning. In Virginia, students have a wide range of choices for their virtual education.

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The commonwealth of Virginia has a range of academic institutions that provide online education. There are tuition-free options, as well as private ones. You will find several online Virginia high schools profiled below.

Online High Schools in Virginia

Students interested in transitioning to an online high school will find that the below schools offer simple application processes and engaging curriculum.

School Name Institution Type Unique Attributes/Considerations
View High School Private Offers NCAA-approved courses
Middleton Academy Private Alternative to traditional high school that offers personalized education
Chesterfield County Public Schools Online Public Offers courses for non-resident students
York County School Division Virtual High School Public Offers regular networking events for families
Virginia Virtual Academy Public Offers tuition-free, personalized education

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Description of Online High Schools for Virginia Students

There are three online high schools in Virginia that are powered by county public schools. Other options include a private, in-state academy, as well as a national provider.

View High School

View High School (VHS) is an online high school that holds accreditation from the AdvancEd's Northwest Accreditation Commission. VHS offers students an engaging curriculum that includes NCAA-approved courses. The enrollment process consists of an online application and copies of your student's current high school transcript. Once accepted, VHS allows students to set their own coursework schedule.

Middleton Academy

Middleton Academy is also accredited by AdvancEd, as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and the Virginia Council for Private Education. This private, in-state school has full credit courses for $325 and half-credit ones for $250. Courses range from primary subjects like English to an introduction to business and marketing. If your student struggled with a course, they have the option to retake it during a summer session.

Chesterfield County Public Schools Online

The Chesterfield County Public Schools Online, known as CCPSOnline, is open to both students within Chesterfield County and non-residents. Classes are offered throughout the school year (September-May) at no cost to residents. Students outside of the county can choose from 10 classes that cost $875.00 each. CCPSOnline offers engaging elective courses, including an introduction to sociology and an introduction to forensic science.

York County School Division Virtual High School

The York County School Division (YCSD) Virtual High School is open to any student in the Virginia public school system. Students can choose full or part-time enrollment and will have access to courses like programming and game design, as well as Latin and German. YCSD Virtual High School allows students to choose from two instruction methods. They can receive instruction during normal school hours with an adult mentor overseeing or in the evening.

Virginia Virtual Academy

The Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA) is affiliated with the Queen, King, and Patrick County Public Schools, as well as the Richmond City Public Schools. VAVA is open to any student who is a resident of Virginia. The school has two levels for primary subjects, with core as the basic one and comprehensive for students that display advanced aptitude in those subjects. Students interested in enrolling in VAVA must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

State Regulations for Online High Schools in Virginia

The state of Virginia recognizes the importance of offering virtual education to students. Although not in a traditional setting, a virtual high school will follow the state's Standards of Learning. Many of the county school districts offer online programs for resident students that comply with public school standards.

Students also have the option to utilize the Virtual Virginia program, which is geared toward ensuring all students have the opportunity to take courses not offered by their home district. Courses include honors, advanced placement, and foreign languages. Students must enroll in this program via their home district.

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