How It Works
Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield offers a comprehensive online program for students in grades K-12 with an award-winning curriculum, state-of-the-art learning management system, and a full suite of academic and support services. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. For students that reside in the Greenfield area, the school office serves as a Learning Center for drop-in 1-on-1 support and instruction.
Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools
All of our students interact with one or more Massachusetts-certified teachers (depending on grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, online synchronized opportunities, direct instruction, and regular monthly outings. Teachers work with the student and the parent (learning coach) in core courses to oversee and assist the student in working through the year's curriculum.
Each family receives all instructional materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of the program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject.
Extensive Support System
At Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, we pride ourselves on the extensive support system available to parents and students. In grades K–8, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "learning coach," working closely with the teacher to help facilitate the student's progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. At the high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. Each teacher is state licensed and trained in his or her specific subject area. In addition, monthly networking opportunities are provided through various events and outings, enabling the entire school community to keep in close contact. Students requiring special education typically receive the IEP services from their resident district, and Greenfield is responsible for overseeing meetings and evaluation compliance.
Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability
Our program lets students learn in the ways that are right for them. The key is our individualized approach. We develop a comprehensive learning plan with objectives for each child. This creates a customized education for each student that focuses on his or her unique learning needs, goals, and interests. In addition to providing individualized learning, we provide the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all Massachusetts public schools. In fact, students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 are required to participate in the Massachusetts school testing program (MCAS) given in March and May of each year.
Who is this intended for?
Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield serve Massachusetts students statewide in grades K–12 who are able to successfully participate in a virtual school environment. Several target groups of students have been identified who will have priority for acceptance:
- Students currently enrolled in the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield;
- Students who reside in Greenfield, Massachusetts;
- Students with disabilities;
- Students out of school due to pregnancy or parenting;
- Students who have been bullied or who are out of school due to other safety concerns;
- Students who seek an advanced coursework not available in their current school;
- Students who must work during the day; and
- Students in training for competitive arts or sports