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 students entering grades 6-12 and their families, who are looking to resolve homebound needs and/or address scheduling conflicts. Students will earn a Wissahickon High School diploma.

The Wissahickon Virtual Academy will begin in 2019-2020 school year.

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 a student-centered staff and faculty
  • Academic support provided by Wissahickon teachers during or after school hours
  • 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
  • School counselors to support goals for college or career readiness, including online resources to help create a post-secondary plan
  • Participation in more than 35 extra-curricular activities and 30 team sports during fall, winter and spring seasons
  • All social events sponsored by WSD, including athletic events, dances, pep rallies, class assemblies, prom, etc.

The Wissahickon Virtual Academy is managed and delivered by the Wissahickon School District. All course offerings are developed by Wissahickon teachers. Course offerings are available at various academic levels to support and encourage rigor. The curriculum aligns with the district’s credit requirements and assesses Pennsylvania state standards. Thus, WVA students receive the same challenging and rewarding education as its neighborhood schools.

The Wissahickon Virtual Academy offers computer-based courses that students complete over the Internet. 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. Students may work at their own pace with their individualized learning plan.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Wissahickon Virtual Academy

What is the Wissahickon Virtual Academy (WVA)?  

The Wissahickon Virtual Academy (WVA) is a tuition-free educational experience for cyber learners in grades 6-12 who reside within the boundaries of the Wissahickon School District. The virtual academy is designed for students who are looking to resolve home-bound needs and/or address scheduling conflicts. The Academy will open for the 2019-2020 school year.  

Who is eligible to enroll in WVA?

Students in grades 6-12 who reside within the boundaries of the Wissahickon School District may attend WVA.

When does enrollment begin for the 2019-2020 school year?

Enrollment begins in late January 2019 and will continue through the spring as students complete the course selection process.

How can I enroll my student in WVA?

Please complete the contact form on the WVA web page of the Wissahickon School District website: https://www.wsdweb.org/schools/wissahickon-virtual-academy Mr. Tom Andrzejewski, Associate Principal at Wissahickon High School will contact you to begin the enrollment process.

What information do I need to provide for my student to begin the enrollment process?

New students will need to register with the district’s Registrar to enroll with the Wissahickon School District and Wissahickon Virtual Academy. Registration information and required documentation is available on the Registration web page of the district website: https://www.wsdweb.org/departments/registration.   

Students who are currently enrolled at Wissahickon School District will have an expedited process. A school counselor will contact the student and their family to begin the course selection process.

May students take courses in both online with WVA and in the classroom at Wissahickon High School?

No, students may not enroll in both WVA and Wissahickon High School. Students must choose between online or in classroom courses.

What are the course offerings from the WVA?

WVA works in conjunction with the Montgomery County Virtual Program (MVP) to provide courses through the Academy.  A list of course offerings is available here: https://mvp.mciu.org/programs/course-offerings/#.  All MVP courses meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards.

Who teaches the courses at the WVA?

MVP is responsible for all instruction and educational support including the assignment of instructors.  All MVP instructors are certified in their content area.

When do WVA classes meet for instruction?

WVA class meetings are asynchronous, which means there is not set meeting time.  Students are expected to complete their work independently. WVA teachers offer many options for support. Wissahickon High School faculty and school counselors are also available for support.

Will WVA students earn a Wissahickon diploma?

Yes, students will need to meet the same graduation requirements of Wissahickon School District in order to earn a Wissahickon High School diploma. Students must meet these requirements: earn 26.8 credits in various subject areas; complete the Graduation Project; and demonstrate proficiency on state-mandated Keystone content.

What will my transcript look like from the WVA?

All courses taken through the WVA will have a special notation on the Wissahickon High School transcript.

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Contact


Tom Andrzejewski
Associate Principal
Wissahickon High School

tandrzejewsk@wsdweb.org
215-619-8112