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Wisconsin Virtual Academy Students Log On for First Day of School

State's Largest Online Public School Welcomes Students Back September 2

McFARLAND, Wis., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students at Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA), a tuition-free online public charter school that serves students in grades K-12, will return to classes September 2 for another year of learning, inspiration and growth.

"We can't wait to welcome all of our new and returning families to WIVA," says Dr. Leslye Moraski Erickson, Head of School for WIVA. "Here's to a successful year ahead."

WIVA has been serving students in grades K-12 across the state of Wisconsin since 2009. Students attend school full-time, online, and use the internet to access the engaging, award-winning K¹² curriculum, which offers a variety of electives and AP® courses. The school combines state-of-the-art online teaching techniques with Wisconsin-licensed teachers to create individualized learning plans for each child. 

Because the program meets students where they are academically, it is ideal for all types of learners, including advanced learners, struggling students, athletes, performers, those seeking relief from bullying and students simply looking to get more out of their education.

"Our teachers and staff have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year, and we're happy to see so many kids and families coming out for our back-to-school events," Erickson says. "We're excited that so many families across Wisconsin have chosen to partner with us."

To help get new students prepared for a successful start to the school year, the staff is conducting virtual orientation sessions for all grades. WIVA will also be hosting back-to-school picnics around the state for new and returning families, a great opportunity for families to meet WIVA staff and connect with each other face-to-face.

With the first day of school approaching, WIVA teachers and staff also gathered in Madison for two days to prepare for the upcoming year.

Kaleb Shorey, a talented young actor from Green Bay, is entering his senior year at WIVA this fall. "As an actor, I need a flexible schedule, and with WIVA I get one," he says. "I love the curriculum. It's very advanced and you can work at your own pace."

Choosing online education doesn't mean students sacrifice social opportunities. Wisconsin Virtual Academy provides regular opportunities for face-to-face socialization. Social events held throughout the school year include picnics, bowling, and outings to venues such as waterparks, museums and baseball games. In addition, the school offers activities such as online clubs, student council, prom and graduation just like traditional schools.

For more information about the school, visit www.k12.com/WIVA or call 866.339.9912.

About Wisconsin Virtual Academy
Wisconsin Virtual Academy is an online public charter school authorized by the McFarland School District, which uses curriculum from K¹² to offer Wisconsin students in grades K-12 an exceptional learning experience. Wisconsin Virtual Academy's individualized approach provides students with the tools they need to succeed – in school and beyond.

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is the nation's foremost provider of proprietary technology-powered online solutions for students in pre-kindergarten through high school. K12 has partnered with more than 2,000 school districts and has delivered more than 4 million courses over the past decade. K12 provides curricula, academic services and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs and families. K12 works with more than 5,000 teachers across the U.S. – the largest network of online school teachers in grades K through 12.

The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in more than two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 110 countries. More information can be found at http://www.K12.com.

SOURCE Wisconsin Virtual Academy

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