Arizona Virtual Academy Kicks Off New School Year

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The Arizona Virtual Academy, an online, public charter school, started classes for grades K-11 last week. The tuition-free virtual school uses certified public teachers instructing students, under supervision from a parent or a responsible adult, from remote locations using both traditional school materials and online curricula from K12 Inc.

"Teachers have been preparing all summer for another successful school year," said Julie Frein, Arizona Virtual Academy director, in a prepared statement. "Throughout the summer we have been working hard to prepare our students, teachers, and families for the upcoming year."

Before the start of the school year, students in the Academy received shipments of school materials, including textbooks, workbooks, instruments, and science supplies, according to Arizona Virtual Academy. Computers and printers were loaned out from the school for those who needed them.

Students, parents, and teachers are also provided access to the K-12 online school for daily lessons, planning tools, progress reports, and assessments, according to Arizona Virtual Academy. K12 provides curricula in math, language arts/English, science, history, art, music, and additional courses for high school students.

Students enrolled at the academy must meet many of the traditional high school requirements set by the state of Arizona, such as physical education, state testing, and attendance. According to Arizona Virtual Academy, at least 80 percent of new students must have attended a public school during the previous year.

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