Wissahickon Virtual Academy

The mission of the Wissahickon Virtual Academy (WVA) is to provide a tuition-free educational experience for cyber learners who reside within the boundaries of the Wissahickon School District. The virtual academy is designed for families seeking a more flexibly scheduled educational program for any one of several reasons. Students entering grades K-12 are eligible to attend WVA, and for those successfully completing their high school program through WVA, they will earn a Wissahickon High School diploma

About WVA
  

The Wissahickon Virtual Academy is coordinated by the Wissahickon School District. The Wissahickon Virtual Academy provides instruction through an asynchronous lesson format. This means that the student will learn through lessons prepared by teachers at the Montgomery Virtual Program which is provided through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. 

Course offerings support and encourage rigor. The WVA curricula align with the district’s curricula (including alignment with high school credit requirements) and assess student performance relative to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Academic and Core Standards. 

Students receive a district-issued laptop computer to complete coursework. Students may complete their courses at any location with Internet access – school-based classroom, computer lab, home, etc. 

While students may work at their own pace with their individualized learning plan, it is important that students maintain an instructional pace consistent with the course requirements and teacher expectations. 

Benefits for a WVA Student
 

  • A tuition-free public school education grounded in Wissahickon teaching and learning excellence 
  • A safe and supportive learning environment with student-centered staff and faculty 
  • Synchronous support available
    • Weekly synchronous office hours  
    • Built-in synchronous support chat (7-day) 
    • 1:1 teacher meeting by appointment
  • Synchronous recess periods focus on social-emotional learning
  • Virtual field trips 
  • District technical support, including a district-issued laptop computer that can be used at home 
  • Rigorous course offerings available at various academic levels, including academic, honors, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses at the high school level. 
  • WSD High School counselors to support goals for college or career readiness, including online resources to help create a post-secondary plan 
  • Participation in grade-appropriate activities, including more than 35 extra-curricular activities and 30 team sports during fall, winter, and spring seasons 
  • All grade-appropriate social events sponsored by WSD, such as school-wide events and grade-level events, including athletic events, dances, pep rallies, assemblies, prom, etc. 

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Contact

Katie Maahs
WVA Program Coordinator for Elementary Education at WSD;
Curriculum Supervisor

Lisa Kelly
WVA Program Coordinator for Secondary Education at WSD; Assistant Principal at WHS

Ryan Wilson
WSD Supervisor of Special Education

  • For questions about IEP and 504 accommodations at Wissahickon, contact Ryan Wilson at rwilson@wsdweb.org

Anne Draus
MVP Coordinator at Montgomery County IU

  • For general information about MVP, visit mvp.mciu.org
  • For specific questions about MVP, call 484-MVP-4101