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VAVA Helps This Student Race to the Finish Line

Written by Tatyana White-Jenkins

Lyleanne Baker, a 13-year-old Virginia native and motocross champion, stays on track with the help of Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA).  After starting her motocross journey around the age of 7, Lyleanne began competing last year and has earned multiple titles, including Virginia and Maryland State Champion in the girls 12-16 age group, as well as Women’s Motocross Nationals Champion in the girls 12-16 and girls 9-13 age groups.

“It’s hard to describe the feeling of being state champion,” Lyleanne said. “It feels pretty amazing to have accomplished one of my goals.”

Thanks to her online schooling with VAVA, Lyleanne has been able to travel and compete in numerous motocross competitions. The flexibility and accessibility of her schooling allows her to succeed in class and on the track.

“One reason online schooling is good for me is that I am able to travel to the places I need to go for my races and still get my school work done,” Lyleanne said.

Lyleanne appreciates many other aspects of VAVA, including the overall curriculum and teachers.  

“I personally like a lot of things about VAVA,” Lyleanne said. “It lets you go at your own pace, but you have goals you have to reach at the end of every quarter. Also, the teachers are amazing!”

With her flexible and quality education from VAVA, along with her passion and drive for the sport of motocross, Lyleanne is on a great path to accomplishing her goals for her motocross career.

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Strength and Focus Found for WYVA Student

Written by: Tatyana White-Jenkins

After being bullied by her teachers and fellow students, 13-year-old Paige Schultz found solace with online schooling at Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA).

Now a thriving student at WYVA, Paige can focus on her schooling rather than the problems that surrounded her.

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Hey Students, Here's How to Stay on Track Academically This Time of Year!

Thad Simmons is a math teacher at Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) High School.

As we approach the end of the semester, unfortunately some students have fallen behind in one or more of their courses.  For those of you who are new to virtual learning there are some strategies unique to this platform that may help you to improve your standing in those courses.

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So You Enrolled Your Child in a Virtual School Mid-Year… Now What?

Elizabeth Nelson is a Teacher Ambassador and a middle school Math teacher at AZVA.

There are a variety of reasons that parents decide to withdraw their student from one school and enroll them in a virtual school in the middle of an academic year - bullying, dissatisfaction with the previous school, and relocation, just to name a few.  These parents and students are probably feeling a mixture of excitement, hope, curiosity, and anxiety as they prepare to begin their online school journey.

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CVCS Girls on the Run!



Written by Tatyana White-Jenkins


Who says students at online school aren't active? Certainly not girls at Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS) who take part in the Girls on the Run empowerment program! 


Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization geared towards inspiring girls to be all they can be. Dedicated to encouraging young girls to go after their dreams with interactive lessonsrunning and games, the organization's mission is to "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." 


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Online School Empowers 7th Grade Animator in the World of Digital Technology




Written by Savannah Norton


Georgia Cyber Academy 7th grader Sovereign Newell thrives in the world of technology. A member of the Advanced Learning program and Student Advisory Council, Sovereign also creates his own graphics and animations.  


“My favorite part about online school is I can turn on my computer and go to school online. I can learn anywhere I can connect to the internet.” 


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WIVA Teacher Wins Educator of Distinction, Inspires Recent Grad to Teach

Written by Savannah Norton

Through teaching, an educator can completely change a student’s life. Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) teacher Pamela Fierst won the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction award in July. She was nominated by former WIVA student Braini McKenzie.

“Mrs. Fierst showed me how important a teacher-student relationship can be,” Braini said.

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iCademy Student Stars in Film About Autistic Child

Written by Savannah Norton

While Julian Feder was busy promoting his starring role in his latest movie, “Po,” he simply just logged in to his computer to attend class at K12 International Academy (iCademy).

This 12-year-old actor has been making the festival circuit around the country to promote his film, “Po,” a movie about a child with autism dealing with the recent passing of his mother, which opened in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Why IDVA Has Worked for This Family for 14 Years

Written by Savannah Norton

The virtual school environment is not for everyone, but for some it is the perfect fit. Rebecca Klaeui is the mother of three teenage daughters who have been exclusively schooled through Idaho Virtual Academy (IDVA) since kindergarten.

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How Education Could Become a Unifying Force After a Divisive Election

Written by Nate Davis

Politics is a rough and tumble affair, and this past election will, undoubtedly, go down in history as one of the most divisive in modern American politics.  But at some point campaigns must end and the hard work of governing must begin. The critical question is: Can our nation’s leaders come together in a bipartisan way to get things done?