Arizona Virtual Academy to Celebrate Class of 2017

Statewide School to Graduate 140 Seniors on May 25

PHOENIX--()--Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA), an accredited, full-time online public school for students statewide, will hold an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. at Gilbert High School.

The school’s 140 graduating seniors come from diverse backgrounds, but all found AZVA to be the solution to reaching their academic goals. College and career-minded students can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses in order to gain a competitive edge for the future, discover their path after high school or explore a possible college major.

Students are also provided the opportunity to earn concurrent enrollment credit, meaning they can earn college credit while still enrolled in high school, at no cost to the family, as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria.

Phoenix Business Journal has ranked AZVA among the top 50 public high schools in Arizona based on SAT scores two years in a row.

Carter Deddo is the AZVA Class of 2017 valedictorian, and Nathan Hsiung is the salutatorian. Dr. Celestino Fernandez, a popular professor of sociology at the University of Arizona, will deliver remarks to the graduating class, and AZVA teachers and staff will be in attendance to recognize the students’ achievements.

“Graduation is always an exciting day,” said Kelly Van Sande, head of school at Arizona Virtual Academy. “Congratulations to not only the graduates, but also to their parents and families who have supported and facilitated these students’ academic growth and achievement. We know they are well-prepared for their next step in life.”

The Class of 2017 has been offered more than $760,000 in scholarships. The graduates report that they have been accepted to a number of colleges and universities across the country, including Arizona State University, Belmont University, Central Arizona College, Eastern Arizona College, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Grand Canyon University, Manhattan School of Music, Northern Arizona University, Oklahoma State University, Ottawa University, Sacramento State University, Sarah Lawrence College, The Julliard School, University of Arizona and University of Southern California. Additionally, one student has been accepted as a trainee for the Boston Ballet, and other students will enlist in the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force.

Media are welcome at this event. Details are as follows:

Arizona Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 4 p.m.
Gilbert High School
1101 E Elliot Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234

About Arizona Virtual Academy

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) is an accredited, full-time online public school that serves Arizona students in kindergarten through 12th grade. As part of the Arizona public school system, AZVA is tuition-free, giving parents and families the choice to access the curriculum provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of K-12 proprietary curriculum and online education programs. For more information about AZVA, visit

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company consisting of thousands of online school educators providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at


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Jessica Schuler, 571-405-2211