District expands full-time virtual education program to include elementary, middle school
New for the 2020-21 school year, the Broken Arrow Public Schools Virtual Academy is expanding its full-time virtual education program to its elementary and middle school students.
“We’ve had incredible success with our Virtual Academy curriculum for our high school students,” Broken Arrow Public Schools Associate Superintendent of Instruction Karla Dyess said. “Upon the conclusion of distance learning during the global pandemic, we realized many of our younger students truly enjoyed receiving their education in a virtual format. So our team has tirelessly worked to be able to provide an additional option of learning for our students.”
The Virtual Academy at Broken Arrow Public Schools is an ideal option for students who prefer a smaller learning environment, one-on-one communication with teachers, and the ability to choose when and where they work on their courses.
This program allows students to enroll in multiple ways:
- Full-time: Students in grades PreK-12 can complete 100 percent of their coursework online.
- Blended Enrollment: High school students in grades 9-12 can enroll in the Virtual Academy and still participate in an elective course at their school site, which may include fine arts or athletics. (NOTE: Virtual courses may meet NCAA requirements if certain criteria is met. Student athletes are encouraged to check with their school counselor when considering a virtual course.)
- Summer classes: High school students can participate in credit recovery or credit advancement during the summer months.
Online elementary curriculum includes English, social studies, math, science, and interactive courses like art and physical education. Middle school curriculum includes English, social studies, math, science, Spanish, art appreciation, study skills and health. Middle school students may also be able to participate in unique electives such as band or orchestra. High school students in grades 9-12 can complete 100% of their classes online or can take advantage of the blended enrollment option.
The Virtual Academy meets all graduation requirements.
“We know all students have different learning styles, and we have a commitment to meet them where they are,” Dyess said. “I’m excited to see how our revamped virtual program transforms the face of public education.”
Even though most instruction will be virtual, every student is assigned a certified teacher who will track their progress, help as needed and will be the point of contact between the student and parent. Students will be required to take state assessments in-person at the Virtual Academy, located at 412 S. 9th St. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.