Superintendent's Memo #124-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 8, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virtual Virginia Registration

The Virginia Department of Education reminds school divisions that registration for the Virtual Virginia 2009-2010 academic year is open.  Courses will be offered on full-year and 4X4 semester block schedules.  Offerings will include Advanced Placement (AP) English, French, Latin, Spanish, art history, computer science, calculus, United States history, European history, world history, government, physics, psychology, economics, statistics, chemistry, biology, environmental science and human geography.  In addition to AP offerings, Virtual Virginia also provides world language courses in Latin, French, Chinese, and Spanish, and a Survey of World Language course. General and elective courses include world mythology, SAT Prep, creative writing, Earth Science I, World History and Geography Part I, chemistry (Honors), physics (Honors), economics, psychology, and pre-calculus/mathematical analysis. Several of these courses are also available for middle school students.

Public school students participating in the Early College Scholars Program will have tuition and AP examination fees paid by the department for any Virtual Virginia AP course taken. We encourage all students who take AP courses to take the associated examinations so they may earn college credit.  Tuition for non-Early College Scholar students will be $375 times the local composite index. Final cost will be between $75 and $300, depending on the local composite index.  No tuition will be charged for world language, elective, or general courses.  Public schools will be invoiced $250 for the SAT Prep course.  A withdrawal fee will be assessed after the drop grace period. Schools are required to provide textbooks, computer access, headsets and microphones, and access to an adult to act as a mentor-proctor for students.

Additional information about Virtual Virginia can be found at www.virtualvirginia.org or by contacting Director, Virtual Virginia/Teleproduction Services Cathy Cheely via e-mail at Cathy.Cheely@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-2972.