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Deadline to enroll in BAPS Virtual Academy is Aug. 5

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New for the 2020-21 school year, the Broken Arrow Public Schools Virtual Academy is offering 100% virtual instruction to students in grades Pre-K though 12. The deadline to enroll is Wednesday, Aug. 5. View FAQs.

The Virtual Academy (412 S. 9th St.) at Broken Arrow Public Schools is an ideal option for students who want the ability to choose when and where they work on their courses. Visit www.baschools.org/virtualacademy for detailed information. 

The Virtual Academy allows students to enroll in multiple ways:

  • Full-time: Students in grades PreK-12 can complete 100 percent of their coursework online.
  • Blended Enrollment: Students in grades 6-12 can enroll in the Virtual Academy and still participate in an elective course at their school site, which may include fine arts or athletics. 

Additionally, Pre-AP and AP classes for students in grades 9-12 will be available. A full list of Pre-AP and AP offerings will be available soon.

The Virtual Academy meets graduation requirements and NCAA guidelines for student-athletes. 

Even though most instruction will be virtual, every student is assigned a Broken Arrow Public Schools teacher who will track their progress, help as needed and will be the point of contact between the student and parent. Students will still be required to take state assessments in-person at the Virtual Academy. 

Once a student has enrolled, students in grades 6-12 will be locked into the Virtual Academy for the entire fall semester. The Virtual Academy is a trimester commitment for students in grades Pre-K through 5.

Parents or students interested in this program can complete the online enrollment form.

Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Starr at cstarr@baschools.org or Vonda Buntin at vlbuntin@baschools.org.

What is the difference between the Virtual Academy and Distance Learning that students experienced in spring 2020?

During distance learning in the spring 2020, the Oklahoma State Department of Education provided strict guidance on the type and amount of time allowed for instructional activities. There was an emphasis on maintaining and deepening existing skills and content, while introducing key concepts and skills from fourth quarter curriculum.

Distance learning is facilitated by a student’s teacher(s) and is not optional and will only be utilized as seen necessary by district leadership. Should the district need to utilize distance learning for the upcoming school year, it will look different than it did in spring 2020, and new content will continue to be introduced and facilitated by the student’s teacher(s). 

Students enrolling in the Virtual Academy will have the same academic requirements and expectations as a face-to-face environment but will be required to complete 100% coursework online. Virtual Academy teachers will serve as facilitators and provide instructional support in this environment but will not deliver the majority of instruction. Students will complete assignments and practice skills using online courseware created by district adopted vendors.