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 secondary program for any one of a number of reasons. Students entering grades 6-12 are eligible to attend WVA, and for those successfully completing their high school program through WVA, they will earn a Wissahickon High School diploma.
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 as available
- 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
- WSD 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. Course offerings are available at various academic levels to support and encourage rigor. The curriculum aligns with the district’s credit requirements and assesses student performance relative to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Academic and Core Standards.
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 managed through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. 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.
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 who reside within the boundaries of the Wissahickon School District. The virtual academy is designed for students who are looking for a more flexibly scheduled secondary program. The reasons why a family would choose WVA vary widely.
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. For the Fall of 2020, families and students with COVID-related concerns in Grade 6 should select the WSD virtual option while students in grades 7-12 should select WVA. Grade 6 students who would choose the WVA for reasons beyond COVID can still do so.
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 Students who are currently enrolled at Wissahickon School District will have an expedited experience. A school counselor will contact the student and their family to begin the course selection process.
Students 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, respectively.
Can students take classes at NMTCC and WVA?
Part-time NMTCC students can register with WVA for their core classes.
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/what-we-offer/course-lists/ (please scroll down to MS and HS offerings). All MVP courses meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Please note that there are many providers that MVP works with and this list should not be considered comprehensive. Please consult the bottom of this page for more resources and course catalogs (especially for those questions concerning World Language).
SPECIAL NOTE: For Fall of 2020, school counselors will replicate the course selection that WMS and WHS students already completed. Please understand that due to administrative and registration deadlines, school staff will make every effort to enroll students in classes that they already selected.
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 areas.
When do WVA classes meet for instruction?
WVA class meetings are asynchronous, which means there is no set meeting time. Students are expected to complete their work independently. WVA teachers offer many options for support. Additionally, 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 indicating that the course(s) were taken through WVA.
How are supports offered to IEP, GIEP, and 504 students?
The respective school team will adjust the student’s individual plan accordingly as appropriate for the online learning environment. Please be aware that WSD supports might be necessary to implement all parts of the plan.
Can my Senior or Junior WVA student apply for a parking permit if they return to WHS for the second semester?
Yes. All students will be asked to re-apply for parking permits if the district returns to a traditional schedule for the second semester.