For Parents & Students
Legislation passed by the 2010 General Assembly provides additional opportunities for online learning for Virginia students. The legislation, a component of Governor Bob McDonnell’s "Opportunity to Learn" education agenda, allows school divisions to offer online instruction and courses to students across the commonwealth through virtual school programs.
In some cases, instruction is offered directly by a school division to students within the district. In others, the instruction is provided by a virtual school program that has been contracted by a school division to provide online educational services. A virtual school program that enrolls more than ten percent of its students from outside the contracting school division must meet criteria established by the Board of Education.
Click the "Approved Providers" link on the menu to the right to access information about virtual school programs approved by the board to serve students in multiple school divisions. The information available includes course lists and contracting school divisions.
Visit the websites of local school divisions for more information about the online courses and virtual school programs they offer – including tuition costs for nonresident students and the granting of high school credit.
Online instruction also is available to students through VDOE’s Virtual Virginia program, which offers pre-Advanced Placement (AP), honors and AP courses and certain academic electives and world languages for students who otherwise would be unable to take these courses due to a lack of availability or scheduling conflicts within their school. For more information, see the Virtual Virginia website.