Frequently Asked Questions about Westminster K-12 Virtual Academy:
Why an online school?
- Community surveys have found that many families are attracted to the idea of online learning, but don’t want to completely cut the connection with their local school. While online instruction is much different from a classroom experience, the Virtual Academy will keep families connected to their home school via principal messages, school newsletters and virtual events. Students can still participate in athletics, performing arts, and district competitions like spelling bees.
How is the Virtual Academy different from remote learning the district provided in the spring of 2020?
- While our teachers did a remarkable job of transitioning to remote learning during the pandemic, online education is different. The Virtual Academy provides an intensive curriculum in math, literacy, science and social studies. Classes are taught by WPS instructors who are specialists in online education.
What if we try online learning and want to return to a traditional school at a later date?
- This is a common question and the answer is yes, students can return to their original school at semester breaks. Because Westminster Public Schools oversees the Virtual Academy, student data will be entered into Empower, our learning management system, and information is integrated into the student’s ongoing academic profile.
Will a high school diploma still come for Westminster or Hidden Lake High School?
- Yes, while students may be taking online classes, they are still enrolled in Westminster Public Schools.
Will my student receive a Chromebook and internet support?
- All students will receive a Chromebook and Westminster Public Schools will provide details/and or access to free or low-cost internet options if needed.