Philadelphia Virtual Academy (PVA) opened in 2013 as a full-time, cost-free District-run online school for students in grades 6 to 12 living inside the School District of Philadelphia region. At the start of the 2021-22 school year PVA will be expanding the grade levels we serve, to include Kindergarten through 12th grade. Parents interested in enrolling should fill out an the proper intake form through the Enrollment section on our Home Page.
PVA caters to students and parents who looking for a quality online education provided by a staff that understand what the families in Philadelphia are need from their educational environment. Enrolled students are provided with a laptop computer top use throughout the school year as well as reimbursement to offset their internet access cost. Students have access to face to face support in our Drop-In Learning Centers as well as our Academic Support Classrooms. Students have access to multiple extracurricular activities, online clubs and field trips and are also eligible to participate in athletic programs provided through their Neighborhood SDP school.
PVA’s curriculum is aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education Common Core standards and taught by state-certified, highly qualified teachers. Our curriculum is designed to accommodate multiple levels of learning, styles of learning and abilities. There are 600 courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so students can work at their own pace. They receive feedback and assessments from teachers as they proceed. This provides a personal educational experience that makes PVA a 21st century education.
PVA offers courses at four levels:
- Academic Level: foundational version of traditional courses designed for easier reading and comprehension.
- College Preparatory Level: traditional courses designated to middle and high school grade levels.
- Honors Level: weighted courses that provide a distinction on official transcripts
- Advanced Placement (AP) Level: courses are weighted and offer a chance to earn college credit by testing well on the AP exam.