Guest Blogger: Wisconsin Virtual Academy

There are lots of options for schools these days, finding the best fit is important. Our sponsor, Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) shares with us what life is like for an online student.

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Day-in-the-Life of an Online Student
By: Wisconsin Virtual Academy

Ever wonder what is it like to be in an online school? In this animated video, you’ll meet Marcus and follow along as he goes through a day in the life of an online student. You’ll see, first-hand, how the Wisconsin Virtual Academy school experience is individualized to unleash each student’s potential through award-winning curriculum from K¹², Wisconsin-licensed teachers, individualized learning plan, and an active school community with social and academic outings.

After families choose online school, their next step is to choose how it works for them. Students and parents figure out when they do their best work and what they’ll be working on. Every student is different and needs to find the best schedule that fits his or her needs. In this way, scheduling can be flexible. Here’s what a couple of typical days in the life of an online student might look like:

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5 Ways to Know if You’ll Thrive in an Online School

  1. Families do well when they believe an individualized education is important to their student’s future success.
    We have found a common characteristic among parents who choose an online public school like Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA): a drive to remove barriers that restrict their children from reaching their true potential. These parents are motivated to choose an education that is well suited to their child’s unique needs. They understand the power of individualized learning and are willing to get personally involved in their child’s schooling.
  2. Students who thrive in an online school respond well when encouraged to be independent.
    Many schools talk about the importance of discipline and taking responsibility. Successful WIVA students live, learn, and thrive by embracing these critical qualities, and we help them get there over time. Students who have previously been distracted in a traditional school find they can finally focus in the online school. When the source of an alienating or frustrating school experience is lifted, such as bullying, many students respond with enthusiasm and hard work.
  3. Parents willing to take an active role in their student’s education will do well. So will their kids!
    For WIVA students in early grades, a parent typically plays the active role of Learning Coach, working in partnership with the child’s teacher, supervising younger students closely on their assignments and tracking progress and attendance in the Online School. In the elementary years, the typical time commitment is 4 to 7 hours 5 days a week. And have no fear: we provide a tremendous range of supportive resources to help you become an effective Learning Coach. Naturally, less time is required as students enter the middle school years where the average is 4 hours 5 days a week. By high school, perhaps 1 to 2 hours per day are needed, consisting mainly of tracking progress and the usual dose of moral support.
  4. Those who stick with the online school program tend to enjoy great success.
    Changing from a standard school to an online school can be a challenging transition. There are no magic bullets for doing so, other than determination—along with the willingness to use the supportive resources made available to you. And, especially for those who need to improve academically, it is an evolving process, not a sudden transformation. Bear in mind that each student is provided with an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Based on this comprehensive assessment, students receive a customized program. The ILP—along with guidance from our teachers, the engaging nature of online schooling, and the support you provide as Learning Coach—truly makes learning come alive and helps students thrive. What’s more, there is much evidence to show that the longer children remain in WIVA, the better they do. So, all we can say is: please stick with it!
  5. Parents who insist on high standards find WIVA to be a good fit.
    WIVA uses the K12 curriculum and since its founding in 1999, the K12 curriculum used at WIVA has gained a reputation for being the “gold standard” in online education. The K12 approach is based on decades of research into how students learn, with interactive, media-rich lessons that engage young minds, plus superior instruction and support from the country’s most experienced online teachers. While an individualized education meets students where they are, make no mistake: the K12 curriculum is fairly rigorous. That’s because we want students to learn, and learn well. Setting the bar high turns out to be the best path for success in school—and in life.

Download the Top 5 Ways to Know if You’ll Thrive in an Online School here.

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Wisconsin Virtual Academy* is a full-time, tuition-free, online public school choice for Wisconsin students in grades K–12.Students interested in enrolling for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year must submit a Wisconsin Open Enrollment application prior to 4 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
*Wisconsin Virtual Academy is an online public charter school authorized by the McFarland School District.

 

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Amanda Chavez
As the owner and publisher of Go Valley Kids I am passionate about connecting families with resources and businesses in our community. Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, Amanda Chavez has a love for her community. As a busy mom of 2 little girls, she and her husband are always on the lookout for fun things to do and share with others. Go Valley Kids combines all of her passions –motherhood, design and community. Some of her other interests also peak through on GVK including baking, photography and sewing!

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