How It Works
Curious about how online learning works
With online learning, your child can learn at home or wherever there's an internet connection while enjoying the benefits and support of a school program. They'll complete a mix of online lessons and offline activities using K12-provided books and materials.* State-licensed teachers provide instruction in virtual sessions called "Class Connects."
What to Expect
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What's my role as a parent?
You'll play an active and important role as your child's Learning Coach. Plan to:
- Provide academic support, motivation, and guidance throughout the school year
- Ensure your child is on track with assignments and coursework
- Communicate with teachers
- Report daily attendance
If you or your child's legal guardian are unable to fill this role, you can choose a family member, friend, or another trusted adult to be the Learning Coach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to attend WIVA?
Any student in grades K–12 who resides in Wisconsin and who also completes an application during the annual state-mandated open enrollment window (February–April) is eligible for full-time enrollment.
However, there are exceptions that allow students to apply outside of the three-month open-enrollment window through an alternative open enrollment process. For complete details on the current open enrollment process, including how to submit an alternative open enrollment application, please visit How to Enroll.
How many of my children can I enroll in WIVA?
Because WIVA provides the lesson plans and materials needed for grades K–12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program.
What does it cost to attend WIVA?
Because WIVA is a public virtual school, there is no tuition. We provide Wisconsin-licensed teachers and instructional materials. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper). Our enrollment consultants can help address your technological and computer questions and needs.
What is the attendance policy?
As Wisconsin public school students, all WIVA students must comply with the state-required minimum number of instructional hours.
Can our family take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school holidays or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. Parents are encouraged to contact their student's teacher if they plan a vacation that does not coordinate with the school calendar.
How much time will my child spend online?
In the younger grades, many of the online lessons include offline work. Students in grades K–2 spend about 30–40 percent of their time on the computer, while students in grades 3–5 spend about 50–60 percent of their time online. Screen time increases in middle school, and by high school, most of the school day is online.
How do students interact socially?
Students spend time with classmates online and through school outings, field trips, and other activities. In addition to school-based clubs, K12 online national clubs help connect students with like interests and passions.
*Course materials vary by course and school.