2022-23 Full-Time Virtual Learning Program for Grades K-8

Learn More About the Program

What is the Application Timeline?

Elementary and Middle School Students

  • Application Period: April 22 - May 10 (applications close at 11:59 p.m.)
  • PWCS Notifies Applicants of Offer of Admissions: May 27
  • Acceptance of Offers Due: June 3

High School Students

  • High School Registration Closes: July 15

How Do I Apply?

Elementary and Middle School Students

Families of K-8 students will apply using the PWCS Specialty Programs Application website. Please follow the directions to complete the necessary forms.

For current PWCS students, the student's school nurse must have documentation of a medical condition on file in the school clinic or you can email it to StudentSupportServices@pwcs.edu no later than May 10, 2022. For students new to PWCS, please email documentation of the medical condition to StudentSupportServices@pwcs.edu no later than May 10, 2022.

High School Students

Students in grades 9-12 who wish to participate in a full-time virtual learning option should meet with their high school counselor to discuss their learning plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students are eligible to participate in virtual learning?

Up to 1,000 elementary and middle school students will be eligible to participate in full-time virtual learning for the 2022-23 school year. Eligibility for high school students will be based on a review by the student's academic career counselor.

Elementary School - 610 Students

  • Kindergarten - 20 students
  • First Grade - 60 students
  • Second Grade - 80 students
  • Third Grade - 150 students
  • Fourth Grade - 150 students
  • Fifth Grade - 150 students

Middle School - 390 Students

  • Sixth Grade - 130 students
  • Seventh Grade - 130 students
  • Eighth Grade - 130 students
How will PWCS prioritize virtual learning applications?

Students with medical conditions associated with weakened immune systems and their siblings that reside with them will be placed first. All remaining applicants will enter a lottery to fill any remaining seats.

For purposes of this application, students with any of the following conditions will be given priority for placement:

  • Cancer;
  • Organ transplant;
  • Bone marrow transplant;
  • Lupus;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis;
  • HIV/Aids; or
  • Other severe, physically debilitating conditions.

For current PWCS students, the student's school nurse must have documentation of a medical condition on file in the school clinic or you can email it to StudentSupportServices@pwcs.edu no later than May 10, 2022. For students new to PWCS, please email documentation of a medical condition to StudentSupportServices@pwcs.edu no later than May 10, 2022.

Who will teach virtual learning classes?

For the K-8 program, licensed teachers working remotely worldwide are contracted by PWCS's partner, Proximity Learning. They undergo background checks, receive training, and are supervised by administrators from both Proximity Learning and PWCS.

High school students will be served by teachers hired by either Virtual Virginia or Virtual Prince William with support for specialized instructional services (English learner, special education) from Proximity Learning in collaboration with their PWCS caseworkers at their base schools. In addition, gifted services and Title I family engagement activities will be provided to high school students by PWCS faculty.

Will classes be synchronous or asynchronous?

Grades K-8 classes will be synchronous with some asynchronous work (just like homework for those in traditional in-person school settings). Grades 9-12 classes will vary.

How much instructional time will my child receive each week?

Approximately 7 hours per day for K-8 students. High school times will vary widely.

Will my child continue to receive English learner, special education, counseling services, gifted education, and Title I services?

Yes. Students will receive English language development and special education services from Proximity contract teachers, supported by PWCS school-based case managers. PWCS teachers will provide counseling and gifted services. Title I staff will facilitate parent engagement activities to connect families.

What if I miss the application deadline?

Applications will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 10, 2022. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be eligible for placement.

Can my child return to in-person instruction?

Families requesting virtual placement must commit to that placement for the entire 2022-23 school year. If a family cannot commit for the whole year, they are asked not to apply.

Who Can I Contact If I Have Questions?

Please contact Student Learning at 703-791-7253 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email Ken Bassett, Director of Student Learning, at bassetke@pwcs.edu with a subject line of: "Full-Time Virtual School Question."

Apply for Full-Time Virtual Learning for the 2022-23 School Year