Wisconsin Virtual Academy Honors Class of 2015

-- Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addressed online public charter school students at graduation ceremony --

Jun 18, 2015, 08:23 ET from Wisconsin Virtual Academy

MCFARLAND, Wis., June 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a tuition-free online public charter school, honored the Class of 2015 at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 11, at McFarland High School. This year, 145 students earned their high school diploma from WIVA, which is an education option available to all K-12 students in Wisconsin.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addressed the WIVA Class of 2015 at graduation, which was preceded by a ceremony to recognize six students who were inducted into the National Honor Society.

The WIVA Class of 2015 earned a combined total of more than $50,000 in college scholarships. Graduates are encouraged to pursue higher education and have been accepted at institutions such as University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Vanguard University of Southern California and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

"The celebration of the Class of 2015 is an exciting time for our entire school community," said Dr. Leslye Moraski Erickson, Head of School at Wisconsin Virtual Academy. "A wide variety of reasons made WIVA the right educational fit for this group of students, and they have achieved success through their own hard work and dedication, as well as the support of their families and teachers."

Two students, Erich Podbielski and Kyle McNamara, were honored as the WIVA Class of 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Erich was accepted to the Business Scholars Program at Concordia University, and Kyle will study at Trinity University as a pre-med student.

"I wasn't being challenged in traditional brick and mortar school," said Erich Podbielski, who started at WIVA in 5th grade. "When my parents and I decided to give WIVA a try, I was placed two years ahead in math. The curriculum was much better for me and I took advantage of AP classes once I got to high school, as well as Student Council and the WIVA chapter of National Honor Society."

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.

WIVA students receive an individualized education experience, designed to let K-8 students find the learning style that works best for them and enable high school students to find their own path to post-high school success.

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 students more than 100 core, elective and Advanced Placement® courses, including world languages. Students use web-based lessons and hands-on instructional materials that are shipped to their home.

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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