NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arkansas Virtual Academy (ARVA), an online public school serving K-12 students throughout the state, will celebrate the Class of 2019 at an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11th. The ceremony will take place at the Connor Performing Arts Center at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock.
Many assume that attending an online public school like ARVA means that students miss out on “real” high school experiences, but this in-person graduation proves quite the opposite.
This year, ARVA will graduate more than 150 students, which is over 20% more than 2018. About a quarter of students are graduating with honors. For example, students Andrea DeTour and Kayla Regan-Sage are graduating at the top of their class. At least one of this year’s graduates is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.
Collectively, the Class of 2019 reports it has been offered more than $500,000 in scholarships and have been accepted to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country, including: University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University, Pulaski Technical College, University of Central Arkansas, Salon Professional Academy, and Northwest Arkansas Community College.
“ARVA’s Class of 2019 has shown the determination in their education that will serve them well in college and beyond,” said ARVA’s Head of School Amy Johnson. “Like most kids, they have struggled, and they have succeeded, but it is these life lessons that will set them up for success as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”
Kayla Regan-Sage will serve as valedictorian. Andrea DeTour will serve as salutatorian. Both students, as well as Ms. Johnson, will be available for media interviews.
Students enroll in ARVA for a number of reasons—some are looking to escape bullying, some may have fallen academically off track, and others are looking for an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. ARVA students access a robust online curriculum in the core subjects of math, science, English language arts, history, art and music and a host of electives, and attend live virtual classes taught by state-licensed teachers.
Details of the graduation ceremony are as follows:
WHAT: Arkansas Virtual Academy 2019 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:00 PM CST
WHERE: Connor Performing Arts Center, Pulaski Academy, 12701 Hinson Road, Little Rock, AR 72212
About Arkansas Virtual Academy
Arkansas Virtual Academy is a full-time online public charter school serving students in grades K through 12. As part of the Arkansas public school system, ARVA is tuition-free and gives families the choice to access the engaging curriculum and tools provided by K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), the nation’s leading provider of proprietary K-12 curriculum and online education programs. For more information about ARVA, visit arva.k12.com.