As local schools began in early September, so did Wyoming Virtual Academy.
The online program began in 2008 and has grown to 600 students today. WyVA offers classes from elementary level to college credit courses.
“I just think it’s a really good option for a lot of families. It’s a really strong curriculum that leads to a university setting if that’s what kids want. Or to a strong skill set that will work well in the workplace as they grow into adulthood.” Dr. Joe Heywood, WyVA Head of School, said.
Students from all over the state attend WyVA and the only necessity is an internet connection.
“I love it, so much. It gives me such a flexible schedule. I’m able to be involved in a lot of things and organizations and I’ve been able to achieve a lot of things that I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.” WyVA student Faith Anderson said.
WyVa takes pride in being able to have close connections with their students. Their students have the ability to call, text and email their teachers.
“I feel like that is really one of our big goals. Is to have that student connection and contact. So we pick up the phone and call parents and students.” WyVA teacher Cece Ihnat said.
One of WyVA's main focuses is preparing their students for the future.
“I will tell you after being in both environments, it is extremely challenging and it’s very rigorous and I feel like we really prepare our students well for the real world.” WyVA teacher Jennifer Schultze said.
WyVA is run through three major companies: the Wyoming Department of Education, Niobrara County School District #1 and K-12.