The West Virginia Virtual School (WVVS) was created by the West Virginia Legislature on July 1, 2000. The mission of the Virtual School is to assure consistent, high quality education for the students of West Virginia through courses delivered via technology, promote efficacy and equity in course offerings, and provide options for implementation across the public school system. The Virtual School initiative helps bridge the barriers of time, distance and inequities for all West Virginia students by providing access to resources. Since the first three seventh grade students from Capon Middle School took Geometry in the fall of 2000, demand for virtual courses continues to increase at a rapid pace.
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Policy 2510 Crosswalk Now Available!
A crosswalk document has been developed to help school counselors/administrators identify virtual courses that meet current graduation requirements.
Attention student, virtual school contact, counselor and parent: If a student plans to play NCAA Division I sports, please visit the NCAA eligibility high school portal to ensure the online course is an approved NCAA credit.
Attention student, virtual school contact, counselor and parent: The NCAA reviews credit recovery occurrences on an individual basis. For this reason, credit recovery is NOT recommended for any athlete with aspirations to play Division I sports.
NCAA’s initial-eligibility academic standards are changing for student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I university on or after August 1, 2016 (this year’s high school sophomore class and younger). A brief summary of the changes can be found here.
WVVS Grade Transcripts and Drop Policy
Most WVVS course providers allow a trial period during which students can drop a virtual course without penalty. The school must report a grade of WNG (Withdrawn No Grade) on the student transcript when the student drops a course on or before 28 days. The school must record a grade of WF (Withdrawn Failing) for a student who drops a course after the 28 day drop date. Any student who does not begin the course within 10 to 14 days is at risk of being dropped from the course without warning.
The virtual course grade will be available to the school co-teacher/facilitator/mentor. The co-teacher/facilitator/mentor ensures that student grades for WV Virtual School courses are entered in the WVEIS data system. No changes can be made to the online course grade by local school personnel.
Grades must be recorded by using the percentage grade issued by the online instructor. Most course providers recognize grading scales vary from state to state and do not post a letter grade to the final grade report. In the event a course provider assigns a letter grade in addition to the percentage, the letter grade should be disregarded. Letter grades assigned to a student's transcript must follow the WV Uniform Grading Policy found in State Board Policy 2515.
Tuition for virtual courses is paid by the WV Virtual School with some stipulations. The county incurs no expense for the first ten students in the same course in the same school (e.g., the first ten students in Algebra II) per year. The county is responsible for providing any textbooks and/or lab materials required by virtual courses. Students may not be enrolled in more than two virtual courses at a time unless the county or parent is willing to assume the expense of additional courses.
WV Virtual School Spanish Blended Delivery
World Language is a critical need for 21st century learners, and the WV Virtual School Spanish program blends excellent online content with hands-on support from highly qualified language teachers to meet that need and optimize learning. Eight West Virginia Spanish teachers work full time with schools where on-site world language teachers are not available.
The WV Virtual School Spanish program focuses on developing communication proficiency and global literacy. At our core is a commitment to providing opportunities for all students to learn a world language, regardless of geographic or economic barriers. Across the state, almost 1,000 students at 40 schools in 18 counties now take Spanish through the virtual school.
West Virginia Virtual School partners with the highly acclaimed Middlebury Interactive Languages to offer interactive online content designed to develop Spanish proficiency. WV Virtual Spanish teachers hold live lessons via phone, live webinars and skype with their students at least twice a week and visit schools four times during the school year.
On-site facilitators play an active and essential role in the blended delivery class. Facilitators receive intensive training from WVDE and work closely with the WVVS Spanish instructors. The WVVS Facilitators Handbook may be downloaded at:
If you have questions about the blended delivery courses, contact Becky Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information.
onTargetWV Credit Recovery Program
The alarming statistics are all too familiar. Another student gives up on school every 29 seconds nationwide, resulting in more than one million high school students who drop out of American high schools every year. Nearly one-third of all public high school students fail to graduate from high school with their class.
The WV Department of Education is dedicated to reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates for students in West Virginia. To this end, the WV Virtual School is using onTargetWV, a program that will allow students to recover credits they need for graduation and help them develop skills and work habits that contribute to their continued academic success. The new onTargetWV program offers rigorous credit recovery courses with additional scaffolding to sustain learning. These courses are engaging, interactive, and provide differentiated instruction to supply the extra support students need to be successful. An highly qualified online instructor grades works, answers questions, and provides individualized instruction as needed.
Why take Virtual School classes?
West Virginia students, like their peers nationally, are currently taking courses online that are not offered in their local schools. Some students schedule West Virginia School (WVVS) courses that they are unable to enroll in locally due to scheduling conflicts. Many schools use WVVS courses when it is impossible to find highly qualified teachers to teach the courses in the local school.
Students and school personnel may review the many courses in the WVVS online catalog. More than 250 core and elective courses are available, including many different AP courses. If students are interested in taking online courses through the West Virginia Virtual School, the student may request or the school virtual school contact may request the virtual course. Directions for registration are available for both original credit and credit recovery programs for virtual school contacts.
The school must provide a local school co-teacher, mentor/facilitator who will receive regular reports about student progress and will serve as the student’s first contact for academic problems. This local co-teacher/facilitator/mentor is key to the student’s success. The best practice implementation of WVVS courses occur when the online course is placed into the student’s schedule as a daily class period or block of time where the co-teacher/facilitator/mentor works with the student. If the student is not scheduled into a regular period during the school day, the co-teacher/facilitator/mentor should make weekly contact with the student to ensure that the student is making progress
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