Online (or virtual) K-12 schools are part of the public education system of charter schools. Here is the definition from the Washoe County School District (WCSD): "Charter schools are public schools funded with taxpayer dollars. Charters get the same per-pupil allocation from the state as the school district does. They take a count of students in the same way, and they receive their funding directly from the state based on their official enrollment.
They are also eligible for Title 1 funds on the same basis as other schools. In addition, they get a proportionate share of special education dollars if they're serving eligible children."
Online K-12 schools operate essentially the same way as standard classroom schools, except that students don't attend regular classes in a physical place - lessons are delivered via the Internet. Like regular charter schools, online K-12 schools have more flexibility to design curriculum for specific needs and work with students on an individual basis. Online schools can reach students who may not be able to attend regular school classes, such as those in rural areas, students with disabilities, and students whose life situation makes it difficult to maintain a regular school attendance schedule. Online schools are also available to adults who want to obtain a high school diploma.
Online K-12 schools are accredited, tuition-free public schools that follow all state-mandated guidelines and requirements, including attendance and standardized testing under the direction of state-certified teachers.
"Distance learning" is another phrase used to describe the teaching process involved with online K-12 schools.
Online K-12 Schools Available in Washoe County
These online virtual schools are available to students in Washoe County.
Nevada Connections Academy - grades K-12
Teaching Center and Administrative Office
175 Salomon Circle, Suite 201, Sparks, NV 89434
Phone: (775) 826-4200
Fax: (775) 826-4288
North Star Online School - grades K-12
For students in the Washoe County School District.
350 Hunter Lake Drive, Reno, NV 89509
Phone: (775) 353-6900
Fax: (775) 333-5189
Beacon Academy of Nevada - grades 9 to 12 high school
5250 Neil Roade, Suite 205, Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 825-0732
Nevada Virtual Academy - grades K to 12
8965 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 330, Las Vegas, NV 89123
Northern Nevada: (775) 996-3529
Southern Nevada: (702) 407-1825
Toll-free: (866) 912-3350