National Heritage Academies rolls out 100% virtual school

Melissa VanKlompenburg Courtesy National Heritage Academies

National Heritage Academies created its first virtual school called PrepNet Virtual Academy, which will officially be available to students in September.

The Grand Rapids-based academy is a fully online, free public charter school that serves students in grades K-12 with an early college program.

“At PrepNet Virtual Academy students are ready for college and prepared for life,” said Melissa VanKlompenburg, principal at PVA. “PVA impacts the trajectory of every student that enters its virtual classrooms. Creating lasting connections in a strong, supportive environment that is rooted in character education is a game-changer for the virtual world and makes our school a great example of what it means to enter into uncharted territory and push the boundaries for what access to high-quality education looks like.”

The virtual classes will be taught by certified educators. While classes will be virtual, kindergarten through sixth grade students will have instructional days, which will include class check-ins, small groups in all subjects, student support and daily specials, such as art and music.

Students in grades seven through 12 will have a similar schedule to that of in-person classes. High school students also will have the opportunity to earn an associate degree tuition-free while still in high school.

PrepNet Virtual Academy is offering an online micro-school option to students in Grand Rapids that includes both in-person and virtual learning.

“Through advanced placement and acceleration of curriculum, PVA is offering each student the ability to graduate prepared for lifelong success,” VanKlompenburg said. “Coupling that with the early college associate degree, I see PVA as the stepping stone to a meaningful and fulfilling career.”

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