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.”

Our Programs

Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) uses quality curriculum from K12 designed to let students find the learning style that works best for them, allowing them to find their own path to success. Each online classroom offers engaging and relevant lessons that build on your child’s interests and abilities.

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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.

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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.

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?

As Wisconsin public school students, all WIVA students must comply with the state-required minimum number of instructional hours.

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?

*Course materials vary by course and school.