What grades are offered by the Wyoming Virtual Academy?
WYVA will offer full-time and part-time enrollment for grades K–12 in the 2016–2017 school year.
What subjects will my child study?
Language arts, math, science, history, music, and art are the six required courses for students in grades K–8. Students may take a world language elective in addition to these courses if they wish. No formal physical education course is offered in these grades however thirty minutes of physical activity is recommended for all students. Students in grades K–2 are also required to participate in a world language experience. This is a short course intended to introduce students to a world language and culture. Visit our k–8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The online K–8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. Students are expected to achieve a year’s academic growth in a year’s time.
While the online high school program is designed to give students the freedom they need, students are expected to work at a more structured pace.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20–25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades, and progressively more as they advance through the higher grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education; rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of well-written and designed textbooks, workbooks, and hands-on instructional materials.
What does it cost to attend the Wyoming Virtual Academy?
Since WYVA is a public school program of Niobrara County School District #1, there is no tuition. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Through an agreement with the resident district (Memorandum of Understanding), special education needs will be the responsibility of each student's resident district. WYVA teachers will participate in the IEP meetings and provide appropriate services as determined in the IEP. Depending on a child’s IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your child’s needs.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips, picnics, and other social events. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, parks, clubs, student government, and social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We are also exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family’s needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can disenroll your child at any time.
Where Can I Find the Most Recent Wyoming School Report Cards?
Under the ESSA, beginning with information from the 2017-2018 school year, report cards must be posted annually on district websites. (ESEA section 1111(h) (1) (A), (B)(iii) and (h)(2)(A), (B)(iii)). At the core of the Wyoming School Report Cards is the belief that all students can grow, and all schools can improve. While no student report card tells the full story of a child, no school report card tells the full story of a school. Education is far more than a single score or letter grade, but it is important that families and communities can see both strengths and areas that need support and improvement. Please find the state dashboard, here.