Who are we?
Virtual Arkansas is a supplemental State Virtual School (SVS) that partners with local Arkansas schools, the Arkansas Department of Education, and the local Education Service Cooperatives to provide online courses, resources, and services to Arkansas schools, teachers, and students who might not otherwise have access to these resources and opportunities. We are not an online high school or a diploma-granting institution but a resource for supplementing education for students through their local school.
Why are we here?
According to Act 2325 of 2005, distance learning opportunities were employed:
¤ To help alleviate the teacher shortage
¤ To provide additional course-scheduling opportunities for students
¤ To provide an opportunity to access an enriched curriculum
¤ To develop and make available online professional development
Virtual Arkansas is committed to recruiting, developing, and maintaining the best practitioners in the education profession. All Virtual Arkansas teachers are Arkansas qualified and certified teachers, with over 75% holding a master's degree or higher. We provide continual job-embedded training to best facilitate instruction in our unique blended learning environment. While being highly trained is a standard with teachers at Virtual Arkansas, we take pride in the fact that our strongest emphasis is on the relationships our instructors build with students through various digital tools including Zoom. Students are able to connect with instructors to receive real-time support in their learning.
Virtual Arkansas offers a variety of courses that are built by Arkansas licensed teachers and subject matter experts with Arkansas frameworks as the focus. Our courses go through a rigorous design and development process and are on a cycle of review for quality. We want to be sure that we are offering students the most up to date learning experience possible.
Virtual Arkansas is continually working to grow in quality and service for Arkansas schools. Our goal is to engage, equip, and empower Arkansas students. We seek to hire excellent teachers, provide superior courses, and integrate up to date educational technologies.