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Wauwatosa School District Launching Online Program for Students

The Wauwatosa Virtual Academy statewide program is currently accepting applications for middle school and high school through April 30.

The Wauwatosa School District is launching a tuition-free statewide virtual learning program for students in grades 6-12.

Wauwatosa Virtual Academy, launching 2013- 2014, will combine a rigorous, standards-based online curriculum, individualized student support and a flexible schedule that lets students complete their school work whenever and wherever works best for them, according to a release.

Discussions of online schooling started last year when Superintendent Phil Ertl spoke of a vision that someday Wauwatosa would be a center of online learning for the entire state.

The Wauwatosa School District already uses Advanced Academics online courses to supplement its current program for targeted student populations.

Ertl said in a release that the success of its own students encouraged the district to expand its online offerings internally and to launch a statewide virtual program.

“The Wauwatosa School District is known for offering a wide variety of educational options, including Montessori and STEM programs, to meet our students’ learning needs,” said Ertl. “Wauwatosa Virtual Academy expands our offerings to include a full-time online program that will give middle and high school students statewide a quality educational option.”

The program will feature a comprehensive curriculum, including Advanced Placement courses and a wide variety of electives. Experienced Wisconsin-certified teachers will be available to offer students one-on-one tutoring and instruction in real time during the school week.

Wauwatosa Virtual Academy will comply with all Wisconsin graduation requirements and feature a full middle and high school curriculum aligned to both state and Common Core standards. Students will have online access to state-licensed teachers who can provide immediate assistance 24 hours a day Monday through Friday, while technical support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The program can benefit many students, including students who have not excelled in a traditional school setting; home-schooled students; advanced learners wanting to progress at an accelerated pace; students who need a flexible schedule in order to pursue outside interests; and many others, according to the release.

Wauwatosa Virtual Academy is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year during the open enrollment period ending April 30. Interested students and parents can learn more at the following information sessions:

Wauwatosa – all sessions at Wauwatosa School District Central Office, 12121 W. North Ave.

  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m.

 For more information, go to www.WauwatosaVirtualAcademy.com or contact Dennis Mahony, Wauwatosa School District virtual program administrator, at 414-257-4857.

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