Prospective  Families

Thank you for your interest in Bridges Virtual Academy! Our mission is to provide a personalized, virtual education program that develops students into skilled, independent learners. We do this through...

  • Utilizing innovative instructional processes

  • Maximizing learning opportunities available to each student 

  • Fostering supportive and collaborative relationships with parents for student success 

  • Creating community connections within the school and locally

  • Supporting a variety of academic enrichment activities

  • Effectively using technology

  • Customizing resources to fit the unique needs of the student ​

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"Magic of the Sea" by Maiah, BVA Student

Overview of Bridges Virtual Academy

K4-2nd Grade

What does a typical week of school "look like" for students in K4-2nd grade?


A typical week includes...

  • Daily coursework to build foundational skills; math, literacy, exploration and discovery
  • Weekly work in online programs for reading and math
  • Quarterly projects to capture daily progress
  • Teacher-led writing units for 1st and 2nd graders
  • Virtual literacy and math support classes
  • Flexible curricular choices




How is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) created?


Once a student is officially enrolled in BVA, parents are given access to the ILP website. This website contains a list of curricular options, class, and program choices for each grade band. Parents and students preview the information and sketch a preliminary plan of the student’s preferences. After that, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) meeting is scheduled with the student’s advisory teacher. During this meeting, curricular materials are ordered, class choices are selected, and questions regarding the program structure are answered.




Do students have art, music, and phy-ed opportunities?


Yes! There are teacher-led quarterly projects, as well as opportunities to use student allotments to pay for lessons.




How is student progress measured?


Progress is measured through...

  • Literacy and Math screeners
  • Portfolio Review
  • Project Feedback
  • Reading Samples




How are students' academic needs supported?


Students receive teacher-led tasks both weekly and quarterly, and there is Weekly Communication from teacher providing support and guidance to parents. For 1st and 2nd grade, there are teacher-led class options for Reading and Math Additionally, we have a Special Services Team (Regular education interventions and Special Education services) that provides support.




What types of communication can I expect?


K4-2 teachers communicate with parents through...

  • Weekly newsletters
  • Feedback on portfolios demonstrating student work
  • Progress Reports
  • Grading Sheets
School-wide communication includes...
  • All School Newsletters
  • Virtual Parent Forums
  • Student Academic Progress
  • Invitations to Regional Events
  • Facebook/Instagram




What resources does BVA provide to support student instruction?


To support student instruction...

  • All students receive a laptop
  • Each family receives an iPad
  • Curricular materials are supplied
  • Supplies budget per student
  • Academic enrichment opportunities




What learning managment resources does BVA use?


To manage student learning and deliver instruction, BVA uses the following platforms and tools:

  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • G-Suite Tools: Docs, Slides, Sites, Sheets





3rd-5th Grade

What does a typical week of school "look like" for students in 3rd-5th grade?


A typical week includes...

  • Daily coursework in all subject areas through personalized curricular choices
  • Weekly goals in online programs for reading and math
  • Monthly projects to capture daily progress
  • Teacher-led writing, science, and social studies units
  • Teacher-led math classes
  • Variety of curricular choices to meet state and national standards
  • A variety of pre-approved math choices




How is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) created?


Once a student is officially enrolled in BVA, parents are given access to the ILP website. This website contains a list of curricular options, class, and program choices for each grade band. Parents and students preview the information and sketch a preliminary plan of the student’s preferences. After that, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) meeting is scheduled with the student’s advisory teacher. During this meeting, curricular materials are ordered, class choices are selected, and questions regarding the program structure are answered.




Do students have art, music, and phy-ed opportunities?


Yes! There are teacher-led projects each semester, as well as opportunities to use student allotments to pay for lessons.




How is student progress measured?


Progress is measured through...

  • In-house assessments for Literacy and Math
  • Wisconsin Forward Exam
  • Online work analysis
  • Project feedback




How are students' academic needs supported?


Students receive teacher-led tasks both weekly and monthly, and there is Weekly Communication from teacher providing support and guidance to parents. There are also teacher-led math options and teacher-led class units for Social Studies, Writing and Science. Additionally, we have a Special Services Team (Regular education interventions and Special Education services) that provides support.




What types of communication can I expect?


3rd-5th teachers communicate with parents and students through...

  • Bi-weekly emails
  • Feedback on projects
  • Skyward Grades
  • Progress Reports
  • Google Classroom Guardian Summaries
School-wide communication includes...
  • All School Newsletters
  • Virtual Parent Forums
  • Student Academic Progress
  • Invitations to Regional Events
  • Facebook/Instagram




What resources does BVA provide to support student instruction?


To support student instruction...

  • All students receive a laptop
  • Each family receives an iPad
  • Curricular materials are supplied
  • Supplies budget per student
  • Academic enrichment opportunities




What learning managment resources does BVA use?


To manage student learning and deliver instruction, BVA uses the following platforms and tools:

  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • Skyward
  • G-Suite Tools: Docs, Slides, Sites, Sheets





6th-8th Grade

What does a typical week of school "look like" for students in 6th-8th grade?


A typical week includes...

  • Daily coursework in all subject areas by instructional delivery option
Delivery Options (vary by subject area)
  • Seminar Option: Teacher-led courses with live instruction weekly
  • Flex option: Teacher-guided instruction designed for the self-motivated student, learning independently through an approved curriculum
  • Project-Based Learning: Student-led, teacher guided exploration
  • Flexible online classes




How is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) created?


Once a student is officially enrolled in BVA, parents are given access to the ILP website. This website contains a list of curricular options, class, and program choices for each grade band. Parents and students preview the information and sketch a preliminary plan of the student’s preferences. After that, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) meeting is scheduled with the student’s advisory teacher. During this meeting, curricular materials are ordered, class choices are selected, and questions regarding the program structure are answered.




Do students have art, music, and phy-ed opportunities?


Yes! There are teacher-led learning opportunities for Art, Music, and Physical Education. There are also opportunities to use student allotments to pay for lessons.




How is student progress measured?


Progress is measured through...

  • In-house assessments for Literacy and Math
  • Wisconsin Forward Exam
  • Online work analysis
  • Project feedback




How are students' academic needs supported?


There is Daily/Weekly teacher interaction through a variety of instructional pathways, as well as differentiated instructional groups. Students work on development of post-HS skills through Academic and Career Planning (ACP) activities. Drop-In Study Hall Hours are available. Additionally, we have a Special Services Team (Regular education interventions and Special Education services) that provides support.




What types of communication can I expect?


6th-8th teachers communicate with parents and students through...

  • Google Classroom Guardian Summaries
  • Assignment feedback and grades
  • Skyward Grades
  • Emails from classroom teacher as needed
School-wide communication includes...
  • All School Newsletters
  • Virtual Parent Forums
  • Student Academic Progress
  • Invitations to Regional Events
  • Facebook/Instagram




What resources does BVA provide to support student instruction?


To support student instruction...

  • All students receive a laptop
  • Each family receives an iPad
  • Curricular materials are supplied
  • Supplies budget per student
  • Academic enrichment opportunities




What learning managment resources does BVA use?


To manage student learning and deliver instruction, BVA uses the following platforms and tools:

  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • Skyward
  • G-Suite Tools: Docs, Slides, Sites, Sheets




What are the styles of learning at BVA?






9th-12th Grade

What does a typical week of school "look like" for students in 9th-12th grade?


A typical week includes...

  • Daily coursework in all subject areas by instructional delivery option
Delivery Options (vary by subject area)
  • Seminar Option: Teacher-led courses with live instruction weekly
  • Flex option: Teacher-guided instruction designed for the self-motivated student, learning independently through an approved curriculum
  • Project-Based Learning: Student-led, teacher guided exploration
  • Dual Enrollment Courses: (Start College Now, Early College Credit Program)
  • Work-Based Learning Options: (Employability Skills, Youth Apprenticeship)
  • Flexible online classes




How is an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) created?


Once a student is officially enrolled in BVA, parents are given access to the ILP website. This website contains a list of curricular options, class, and program choices for each grade band. Parents and students preview the information and sketch a preliminary plan of the student’s preferences. After that, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) meeting is scheduled with the student’s advisory teacher. During this meeting, curricular materials are ordered, class choices are selected, and questions regarding the program structure are answered.




Do students have art, music, and phy-ed opportunities?


Yes! There are teacher-led learning opportunities for Art, Music, and Physical Education. There are also opportunities to use student allotments to pay for lessons.




How is student progress measured?


Progress is measured through...

  • In-house assessments for Literacy and Math
  • Wisconsin Forward Exam, ACT Aspire, and ACT
  • Online work analysis
  • Project feedback




How are students' academic needs supported?


There is Daily/Weekly teacher interaction through a variety of instructional pathways, as well as differentiated instructional groups. Students work on development of post-HS skills through Academic and Career Planning (ACP) activities. Drop-In Study Hall Hours are available. Additionally, we have a Special Services Team (Regular education interventions and Special Education services) that provides support.




What types of communication can I expect?


9th-12th teachers communicate with parents and students through...

  • Google Classroom Guardian Summaries
  • Assignment feedback and grades
  • Skyward Grades
  • Emails from classroom teacher as needed
School-wide communication includes...
  • All School Newsletters
  • Virtual Parent Forums
  • Student Academic Progress
  • Invitations to Regional Events
  • Facebook/Instagram




What resources does BVA provide to support student instruction?


To support student instruction...

  • All students receive a laptop
  • Each family receives an iPad
  • Curricular materials are supplied
  • Supplies budget per student
  • Academic enrichment opportunities




What learning managment resources does BVA use?


To manage student learning and deliver instruction, BVA uses the following platforms and tools:

  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • Skyward
  • G-Suite Tools: Docs, Slides, Sites, Sheets




What are the styles of learning at BVA?





Are BVA courses NCAA approved?


Yes, core seminar, flex, and PBL courses have been evaluated and approved by the NCAA. Specific courses are noted with an asterisk on the HS Course Guide linked on the website.





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"Orchid" by Hudson, BVA Student

Want to learn more about Bridges Virtual Academy?​

See the Frequently Asked Questions page for information and answers to common questions about BVA.  

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See the NonResident Open Enrollment process for more information and application links!

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