As mentioned in Supt. Copeland's reopening update earlier this week, LMSD is partnering with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit's Montgomery Virtual Program (MVP) to offer the Lower Merion Virtual Academy (LMVA) – a completely remote K-12 learning option for the upcoming school year – for families who choose not to send their children into our schools for in-person instruction.
LMVA offers many advantages. Among them:
- Students in LMVA remain enrolled in our District.
- LMVA's curriculum is based on the same standards as LMSD's curriculum.
- LMVA students will have daily opportunities for synchronous interaction with LMSD staff to support their virtual experience.
- LMVA students will remain eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at their home school.
- LMVA families will remain connected to their home school's HSA and be able to participate in HSA activities.
- LMVA students will have access to student supports provided by LMSD, including counseling services, specialists and special education and related services.
- LMSD will support students with financial needs who require devices or other supplies.
- LMSD will support opportunities for LMVA students to make social connections with other students from their grade and school to prevent isolation and ease any eventual return to in-person instruction.
- LMSD families pay no tuition fee to attend LMVA.
- LMVA offers a wide array of CP, Honors and AP courses
- Graduating LMVA students will receive a Lower Merion School District diploma
Elementary students will have some synchronous instruction four days each week within the MVP program, with additional synchronous support provided by LMSD staff. The majority of the secondary LMVA courses are delivered asynchronously, but LMSD staff will also provide synchronous support to secondary students. Asynchronous instruction and may be accessed at any time that is convenient to the student and their family. The program also includes opportunities to interact with live instructors when students have specific questions and to review assessments.
Students will be expected to log into their coursework five days each week and attendance information will be shared with LMSD, which will follow up on any attendance/participation concerns.
Parent/Guardian involvement is key for student success in online programs. While secondary students may have had experiences with online learning, full-time online programs like LMVA may take more self-motivation and self-discipline than in-person school. Elementary students will be experiencing an entirely new method of learning and will need adult monitoring and supervision. For that reason, elementary parents/guardians will be viewed as Learning Coaches for their child(ren).
Enrollment in LMVA is by semester. During the registration window prior to the start of each semester, students can choose whether they will re-enroll in LMVA or return to their home school for the upcoming semester.
Frequently Asked Questions and registration information can be found here. If you have additional questions, please email: LMVA@lmsd.org. Parent/Guardian Information Sessions will be held (via Zoom) on:
July 22, 2020, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Meeting ID: 968 5892 9103
July 22, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Meeting ID: 977 7407 5391
Registration opens July 17, 2020, and closes on August 14, 2020. Due to the amount of time needed to process registrations, students who register after the August 14, 2020, deadline may not be able to start their LMVA courses on time.