At VLACS, we’re committed to offering students a world-class experience supported by an innovative, learner-centered approach to education. Today, our program is evolving to include a full-time elementary option.
In the Spring of 2020, we launched our elementary school pilot to students in grades four and five, offering Language Arts, Technology, Spanish, and Math courses.
As safety concerns grew due to the pandemic, families had to make the difficult decision of whether or not they would send their child back to in-person learning. To help these families find a safe and high-quality learning option for their children, we expanded our elementary program to grades K-3 in the late summer of 2020.
In just one year since our program launched, we served over 5,000 students in grades K-5.
Today, we are announcing that students in grades K-5 will now have the opportunity to enroll in our program full-time beginning this fall.
VLACS parent Teresa Chylinski is one of many families who enrolled in our elementary program as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. While she initially leveraged our program for her elementary student as a short-term solution, the rigorous curriculum delivered long-term benefits and an option to blend his learning online and in-person.
Chylinski shared, “Enrolling my son in VLACS gave me the confidence to know he had covered the whole 4th-grade curriculum when the world seemed so crazy. It also gave him a "leg up" - he was not always happy when I asked him to do his VLACS work, but when he returned to school, it was easier for him and he was among the handful of top students in his class which increased his confidence in himself as well as his enthusiasm for school… He is already enrolled to begin the core 5th-grade subjects in the summer.”
Whether a student takes one class with us or enrolls full-time, we can accommodate the needs of all learners by providing a personalized, relationship-focused experience.
From the very beginning of a student’s journey, our caring and nurturing staff are there for families every step of the way. Students have an opportunity to form a genuine connection with their instructor, who provides one-on-one support and implements instruction for the core courses they are enrolled in (Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies).
Elementary parent Wendy Plunkett explained that the program has worked so well for her daughter because her instructor adapted to her learning style to ensure that she excels. “I have seen that the teachers at VLACS are extraordinary. They teach well, know their subject content, and adjust their teaching style to fit the student,” she said.
In addition to the positive relationship with their instructor, students are also able to interact with other instructors and students by enrolling in any of our specials like our technology, art, and enrichment experience offerings. Every course delivers an immersive experience, with opportunities to learn through digital and printed materials, participate in weekly group activities, and engage in other exercises appropriate for each grade level.
“I very much appreciate the flexibility VLACS gives my children so that they can learn when, where, and how they want to. If it looks like a rainy weekend and mid-week is gorgeous, we can go to the beach/ski slopes and they can work during the rainy weekend instead. If they want to spend a few days at their grandparent's house or we want to travel, they just bring their computers with them,” shared Chylinski.
With the addition of our elementary program, we now offer part-time and full-time options for grades K-12 as well as adult education.
Students can embark on their voyage with VLACS as their official school of record, or complementary of their brick-and-mortar school, to tailor their learning around their needs and interests. They can design their own hands-on experience, explore careers, connect with industry professionals, earn dual credits, and collect badges. As students grow, they have unlimited access to these opportunities any time throughout the year, from the comfort of their homes.
If VLACS seems like a good fit for your child, make your next move and find out more about our programs at an open house webinar. Our friendly staff will walk you through the enrollment process, learning structure, and protocols so that you can enroll with confidence that your child will thrive and succeed with our program.
Your VLACS memories are waiting to be made, but first, you have to apply! Our application for full-time enrollment in our elementary program can be found here.