Myths About Online Schools

MYTH: Students who attend virtual schools lack socialization and social skills.

FACT: Students at the Wyoming Virtual Academy have the opportunity to participate in many academic and social outings. These outings and activities may include trips to museums, parks, clubs, student government, and other social events.

MYTH: You’ll spend all day staring at a computer.

FACT: While attendance, planning, and assessment are all recorded online, only about 30 percent of the K-8 lessons are taught online, with the percentage higher for high school as students work at more of a collective pace online in conjunction with the teacher. The rest of the K12 curriculum relies on printed and/or hands-on materials, including beautifully crafted textbooks, paint, rocks, and microscopes.

MYTH: Attending the Wyoming Virtual Academy is a part-time job.

FACT: Students will need to spend, on average, about six hours on schoolwork each day, depending on grade level.

MYTH: Online schools don’t meet the curriculum requirements for public schools.

FACT: The Wyoming Virtual Academy is a public educational program that happens to operate outside of a traditional classroom. As public school students, your children will be expected to spend a certain amount of time each day engaged in schoolwork. They will also be required to take standardized tests mandated by the state of Wyoming (PAWS). The Stride K12 curriculum was developed by experts to meet or exceed Wyoming Academic Standards, and has proven to be one of the top-scoring online school curriculum programs in the nation. Courses are aligned to the Success Curriculum, which gives students access to the Hathaway Scholarships.