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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Arkansas Virtual Academy

Online enrollment for the 2009-2010 school year for Arkansas Virtual Academy has begun and will continue through April 15Th. The Virtual Academy is for grades K-8 and uses K-12 curriculum. Students are chosen by a lottery and they take up to 500 students. It is free and everything you need to teach the curriculum in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science, Art, History, and Music is sent to you including a computer and a printer, and your Internet fees are reimbursed monthly. Check out their website www.k12.com/arva for more information or to enroll. Many states offer a virtual school so if you don't live in Arkansas you might try googling your state and Virtual Academy to find out if your state offers one.


Would I use Arkansas Virtual Academy? No. While it may be a great option for some, it would not be a good fit for us. First of all it is not a Christian Based Curriculum. Second, the majority of the work is done on the computer and I think that it is not good for children to spend that much time on computers. Third, you have to log 30 hours of schoolwork every week. Even if your child finishes a subject or concept in much less time, you still have to log 30 hours every week.
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