TACOMA, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA), an accredited online public school, will hold an in-person graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.
A school-record 171 high school seniors will graduate from WAVA, which serves students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. Honors classes are available for high school students, who can also choose from a wide variety of career and technical electives. In addition, WAVA also offers two programs that allow students to earn college credit while in high school: Running Start offers dual enrollment at local colleges, while Tech Prep offers college-level technology or business courses.
“We are proud to recognize the hard work and achievements of our graduating class,” said Mark Christiano, head of school at Washington Virtual Academy. “It has been an honor to provide them with an educational platform that meets each of their unique needs and has set them up for future success.”
More than one third of WAVA’s seniors will graduate with honors, having maintained a 3.5 grade-point average or better throughout high school, including 29 who will graduate with high honors for maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better. Fifteen members of the Class of 2018 have completed their Associate of Arts degree through the Running Start program.
WAVA’s valedictorian, Abdullah Mohammad, has received a Presidential Scholarship to attend the University of Washington, while salutatorian Franzen Villavicencio will attend the University of Texas-Dallas on a full scholarship. Both students will deliver remarks, along with Omak School District superintendent Dr. Erik Swanson and Rick Miller, founder and CEO of Kids at Hope, an international child and youth development organization.
Collectively, members of the Class of 2018 report that they have been offered scholarships totaling more than $150,000. The graduates also report that they have been accepted to a number of colleges and universities, including Washington State University, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, George Fox University, Arizona State University, Cornish College of the Arts, Pierce College, Walla Wall Community College and Clover Park Technical College, among others. In addition, five students plan to enlist in the military.
WAVA students interact with each other through their virtual classrooms and build strong relationships with their classmates during their time with the school. In addition, WAVA’s active, supportive school community organizes activities where students can get together in person, and the school also offers a wide range of clubs. Graduation allows the students to celebrate their accomplishment together.
Students choose online school for a variety of reasons, including a safe learning environment, advanced learning options and the ability to support extracurricular pursuits or medical needs.
Media is invited to attend graduation. Details are as follows:
Washington Virtual Academy Graduation Ceremony
Sunday, June 10, 2018 – 2 p.m.
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center
1500 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
About Washington Virtual Academy
Washington Virtual Academy (WAVA) is an online public school open to students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. It is an Alternative Learning Experience school program of the Omak School District. As part of the Washington public school system, WAVA 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 WAVA, visit http://wava.k12.com.