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Dear Parents: 5 Educational Game Apps!

DragonBox A game almost as addictive as Angry Birds, DragonBox combines first rate art design and smooth game mechanics to teach the basics of algebraic thinking. At first glance, it seems like DragonBox is tricking kids into learning algebra. It’s not. Kids are actually doing algebra from the moment they start the app. Trials have…


Travel Diary: Budapest, Hungary

Out of all the places I went, Budapest was by far my favorite. Hungary has such a rich culture and I met the most amazing people there. While I was there, I visited many popular tourist attractions such as Heroes Square, the parliment and the famous castle district. I also got to learn a lot…


It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye

Goodbye, Au revior, Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, etc. those are the words I say to one of the most interesting, inspiring, and eventful 4 years of my life. These 4 years in high school are the years that molded me into the man I am today and I will be forever thankful for that. When I first started high…


Introducing Olivia Went To Europe!

Hi my name is Olivia Matthews. This was my first year at PVA. When I asked my mom to enroll me in virtual home school in the past, she was hesitant. She was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get help from my teachers, and that I would be stuck inside all day. However, she…


Open House! 6/17

We hosted our first Open House for 2015-2016 school year! We held a Q&A at the end of the sessions where the parents were able ask questions on their individual concerns and get advice from Mr. Anderson, our principal. For those of you who came out, we are hosting the orientation on 2nd or 3rd week of August….

Top 10 Classic Reads

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce ames Joyce’s first and most widely read novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the noteworthy story of Stephen Dedalus, a young man struggling to decide between a religious vocation and an artistic one. As the story unfolds, we begin…

Classic Summer Reads For 12th Graders

Brave New World Aldous Huxley Huxley´s vision of the future in his astonishing 1931 novel Brave New World — a world of tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has been reconstituted through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, where the people are genetically designed to be passive, consistently useful to the ruling class. Emma Jane…

Classic Summer Reads For 11th Graders

A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry This live, full-cast performance of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic 1958 play tells the story of a working class African-American family living in a small apartment on Chicago’s Southside. The matriarchal Lena “Mama” Younger awaits the arrival of her deceased husband’s $10,000 life insurance check. Her son, Walter, maneuvers to…

Classic Summer Reads For 10th Graders

The Picture of Dorian Gray  Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, his dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of…

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Seniors Walked Down The Aisle!! #2015graduates

On June 9, 2015, 2nd class of Philadelphia Virtual Academy has walked down the aisle! Finish the rest of the school year strong and remember, when life gives you lemons, make a lemonade!!! Congratulations to all of the graduating seniors! CHEEEEEEEESE