VirtualAcademy

About Virtual Academy

Academy Purpose

Allentown School District (ASD) is a leader in K-12 for preparing our students for the 21st Century. The ASD Virtual Academy offers high quality, Internet-delivered high school courses that equip students to thrive in the complex life and work environment of the 21st Century.

Program Description 

A virtual school can be defined as a location where students can complete their coursework online, while the student and teacher work together from a distance. In a virtual environment, students work at their own pace (within broad deadlines) and complete a combination of assignments; tests; quizzes; projects; and assessments that permit a teacher to follow the educational progress of the student. The ASD Virtual Academy offers the hallmarks of truly effective traditional education programs – quality teachers, quality curriculum, and frequent student-teacher interaction.  All courses are taught by ASD teachers and meet national, state and ASD School District curriculum standards.

In addition to rigorous course content that meets state and district performance standards, ASD Virtual Academy's online learning environment fosters creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, as well as mastery of information, media, and technology skills--all of which are essential for preparing students for the future.

The ASD Virtual Academy High School offers students the ability to complete all their high school courses online with support from ASD teachers and guidance counselors. ASD students can enroll in the ASD Virtual Academy High School full-time or take certain courses at their home school during their school day. For high school students to enroll in credit recovery online course options, they must work with the guidance office at their home school to determine if this program is appropriate for their learning style. Current ASD high school students can enroll in blended on line courses, which are available during the first or last period of the school day. To apply, students must work with their guidance office to schedule courses that are academically appropriate.  The students and parents/guardians must attend the orientation before the students can take the course(s).