MNPS Virtual School expanding to fifth and sixth grades
Online learning now available to all students in Metro Schools grades 5-12
Tennessee’s first and highest performing virtual school is expanding and innovating once again. MNPS Virtual School will, for the first time ever, offer a full-time middle school starting in August 2015. With the addition of fifth and sixth grades, Virtual is now officially a 5-12 school.
“This is a major accomplishment for us, and one we have been working toward for a long time,” said Virtual School principal Dr. James Witty. “Our teachers have been proudly serving Nashville families for four years with high-quality instruction in engaging courses. Our students have always loved the experience, and we are thrilled to now give middle school families the same opportunity.”
Fall enrollment at MNPS Virtual School is now open, with more than 50 courses available for high school students and more than 20 for middle school students. Courses range from the core academics of math and English to other courses like art, physical education and marketing and even specialized classes like Japanese, web design and entrepreneurship. High school students can also choose from a wide variety of Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes where they can earn college credit in subjects like U.S. history, music appreciation and HTML.
Virtual School students come from all over Nashville and from all walks of life. Some choose Virtual because it fits their personal learning styles, others have life circumstances that may exclude them from a traditional school day. More than a few Virtual School students have thriving careers at a young age, including musicians and professional athletes.
“We strive for our school to be an option for families who want or need something different from the average school experience,” said Dr. Witty. “That option now extends to middle school families who want their children to learn in ways that suit them. We also proudly accept homeschool families who want a rigorous curriculum delivered by professional educators.”
MNPS Virtual School was the first virtual school to open in Tennessee and has consistently been rated as the highest performing according to state assessment data. It is the only school in Tennessee to be accredited under the AdvancedEd digital learning standards and the only virtual school to offer a career academy.
The school is currently open for enrollment for the 2015-16 school year, accepting both full-time and part-time students. Last year, enrollment increased to 140 full-time students and 550 part-time and the school graduated its very first class of students who completed all four years of high school digitally.