Wisconsin Online High School
Wisconsin Virtual Academy's High School Program
For high school, WIVA uses the high school program from K12. Whether students are targeting a top-tier, four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, WIVA prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through the K12 high school program.
WIVA is like any normal high school. We have assignment due dates, attendance, and performance expectations. It is important to understand that embarking on a virtual education experience requires self-discipline, dedication, and hard work daily. Like all schools, we now have academic deadlines for students to meet surrounding work completion. There is a degree of flexibility but permanent due dates are in place.
As a school, our instructional model is keeping in the forefront the ultimate question, "Are our students learning?" Wisconsin Virtual Academy is using a Data Driven Instructional Model to academically support students and student learning. Through the efficient and effective use of calendared assessment, data is collected, analyzed, and used to identify student academic needs. Instructional services are then developed and offered to meet those needs. Assessments occur four times in a semester. The pre-assessment allows us to review what learning need students have and ensure instructional support if offered. This repeats itself in the semester with a final assessment to analyze overall how much students are growing academically.
The Role of the Parent/Learning Coach
At the high-school level, the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher.
- Though a high schooler is becoming more independent, the Learning Coach is still important
- Typically, the Learning Coach spends between 1 and 2 hours a day in a support role
- The Learning Coach checks in on what the student is doing or has accomplished and monitors participation and progress
- Parents/Learning Coaches should devote a minimum of 1 hour a day to verify progress, monitor activity, inspect grades and due dates, and read, reply to staff emails
Each student is assigned subject-specific, Wisconsin-licensed teachers who provide instruction, monitor progress, and focus on each student's individual strengths and weaknesses. In addition, students and families have the support of advisors, counselors, coordinators, and other educational personnel as needed. Monthly networking opportunities are provided through various events and outings, enabling students and teachers, along with the entire school community, to keep in close contact.