From Arizona to Virginia, the K12 Public School at Home Tour traveled more than 15,000 miles and finished its inaugural excursion after visiting 11 states and 26 cities across the nation. Through the innovative mobile unit, thousands of prospective K12 families coast-to-coast got a glimpse into the world of online education.
The tour made its final stop at K12 Headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, on August 28. Prospective and enrolled families from Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA) enjoyed exploring the interactive unit, mingling with VAVA staff and students, and getting a tour of K12’s offices. VAVA students celebrated their final days of summer enriching their minds by participating in the “Edutainment” and augmented reality zones, where they could code a robot and “try on” different careers at the ‘K12 Future Selfie’ station. K12’s Herndon employees also had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the K12 Public School at Home Tour experience by interacting with the unit in-person.
The Bender family from Brambleton, Virginia, attended the event, as their three children are enrolled in VAVA.
“VAVA caters to each of my children’s unique learning styles,” Tami Bender said. “My oldest needed a more rigorous and challenging curriculum that her brick-and-mortar school couldn’t provide. My middle child needed extra attention and is able to get one-on-one help from his teachers at VAVA. My youngest is just starting kindergarten and looking forward to learning in the online setting like his big brother and sister.”
Fifth grader Kelsey Bender added that her favorite thing about online school is being able to spend more time with her family. She also enjoys learning about science and conducting science experiments with the materials which K12 sends to her home.
K12 President of Academics, Policy and Schools Kevin P. Chavous got his first look at the mobile unit during the stop at K12’s headquarters.“This whole experience, including the tour, digital, and virtual experience for families, is all about defining what is possible,” he said. “That’s what’s exciting. We can keep doing this and pushing our parents and families toward being informed about what’s possible.”
Chavous added, “It’s really exciting that K12 is moving innovation, creativity, and education to the next level. I think that this tour was more than a success.”
Prospective and enrolled families are encouraged to download K12’s new enrollment app to learn more about the public school at home options available to them and to help get the new school year off to a strong start!