MCFARLAND, Wis., June 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), an online public charter school, will honor the Class of 2016 at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 9, at McFarland High School. This year, more than 100 students will earn their high school diplomas from WIVA, an education option available to all K-12 students in Wisconsin. Allison Cleveland, Executive Vice President of School Management and Service at K12 and State Representative Kevin Peterson will deliver the keynote address to the class of 2016, who have together earned over $99,000 in college scholarships.
"I chose WIVA because the online setting provided the flexibility for me to work a part-time job and pursue my passion for dance, while getting an education – something that was just not feasible in the brick and mortar classroom," said Angelica Werth, WIVA Class of 2016 Valedictorian. "I'm an independent learner, and the structure of this program enabled me to move at my own pace, while always having the support of my teachers. WIVA has helped me prepare for college, and more importantly, equipped me with the skills I need to succeed in the 'real world.'" In the fall, Angelica plans to attend Clemson University where she's been award a $15,000 per year merit scholarship to study horticulture.
"Our 2016 Wisconsin Virtual Academy graduates are ready to take the next step in their educational career pursuits," said Nicholaus Sutherland, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy. "Their hard work as online students, in combination with the support of their teachers and families, has brought them to this exciting day, and we look forward to their continued success."
Prior to the graduation ceremony, six WIVA students will be inducted into the WIVA chapter of National Honor Society. In order to be inducted into the NHS, students need to be a sophomore, junior or senior and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5. Additionally, they need to show their leadership and service experience in the community. Finally, the students had to receive two letters of recommendation, write an essay, and be approved by a faculty board to be inducted.
WIVA combines online instruction and hands-on curriculum with the support of Wisconsin-licensed teachers who are available online and by phone. WIVA is the only school in Wisconsin offering the complete K12 curriculum, developed by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. Students receive an individualized education experience, designed to let them find the learning style that works best for them.
WIVA provides courses in language arts/English, math, science, history and art, with world languages and music as electives for students in grades K-8. The high school program offers more than 150 courses with multiple academic levels, including core, comprehensive, Honors, and Advanced Placement – all designed to let students enjoy a program tailored to their goals and abilities. Core subjects like English, History, Math and Science offer a large variety of AP-level coursework, and students have access to a wide selection of electives such as world languages to help them prepare for life after graduation.
Families can find more information on the school and upcoming events at http://wiva.k12.com
About Wisconsin Virtual Academy
Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, is the largest full-time online public charter school serving students in grades K through 12 in the state. As part of the Wisconsin public school system, WIVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the award-winning curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about WIVA, visit http://wiva.k12.com.
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