West Virginia’s Virtual School Program Virtually Goes Hollywood

April 18, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. – As Yoda would say, "Big time, Virtual Schools is.” The George Lucas Foundation is currently highlighting the West Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual School (WVVS) program.  

A video crew from the George Lucas Foundation recently visited WVVS educators and students as part of a documentary focusing on the impact of online courses. You can view the documentary by clicking the provided link:  


Currently, WVVS offers a high school level Spanish I course to seventh and eighth graders in 32 middle or elementary schools in the state. The content is delivered via the Internet and through facilitator-led activities. WVVS also provides Internet-based courses in reading and language arts, math, science and social studies as well as fine arts, health, Advanced Placement and gifted classes for students in rural areas.  

“The West Virginia Department of Education recognized the vital role that online learning plays in the educational arena several years ago when it first developed the Virtual School program,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “The Virtual School program has the capability to reach all students in West Virginia, no matter where they live.”  

The West Virginia Virtual School program is also being featured in Edutopia Magazine. You can find the publication at http://www.edutopia.org.  

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