Monroe Virtual Learning Academy (MVLA)
The Monroe Virtual Learning Academy (MVLA) is a K-12, web-based virtual school within the Monroe School District that is being held online for the entire 2020-21 school year. Students in this program must be enrolled in the Monroe School District, and all classes are taught by certificated teachers from the Monroe School District.
The academic curriculum used in this online program is standards-based and approved by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent (OSPI). Several curriculum resources are utilized to support student learning, including content from the Florida Virtual School and Brigham Young University. We chose to use content from these online curriculum providers because they integrate with all of our current systems (Canvas, Skyward, Bright Bytes, etc.), and they offer the robust curriculum we want for our grade K-12 students. The instruction for this online school is delivered through Canvas, our online learning management system, and it is a combination of live online learning with a teacher and peers as well as independent learning that can be completed when it fits each student’s schedule.
Because MVLA is not a physical school, all students in the program are currently organized in our student information system (Family Access/Skyward) under the umbrella of Maltby Elementary (K-5), Hidden River Middle (6-8), or Monroe High (9-12). This is simply to keep all MVLA students under one digital "roof" within our system to make attendance, course assignments, grading, etc., trackable for each student. It in no way changes the student’s default or "home" school. For example, if a student who traditionally attends Park Place Middle School exits MVLA at some point in their middle school career, they will return to being a Park Place Middle School student even though the system currently displays "Hidden River Middle School."
Is MVLA Right for My Student?
Online learning offers a unique experience and certain flexibility that is not available in a traditional classroom. While the online environment is a great alternative for some students, it is important to ensure it will be a good fit for you, your child, and your child's style of learning.
MVLA works best for students that:
- Have an internet connection and working computer they can use daily
- Are able to set a realistic daily schedule to complete their online coursework
- Are motivated, self-directed, and independent workers
- Are technologically savvy and check their student email daily
- Are comfortable communicating with their teacher over email and telephone
- Are good at reading instructions and following written directions
- Have good organizational skills
Reach out for help when they need it!
MVLA works best for families that:
- Do not plan to have their student return to our school buildings for in-person learning during the entire 2020-21 school year
- Guide and encourage their student to login daily and stay on pace
- Utilize the Parent Observer account on Canvas to monitor their student's progress
- Have a reliable computer and internet connection at home placed away from undue distraction
Communicate regularly with their student’s virtual teacher
Enrolling in MVLA
If you are a current Monroe School District student...
The first step to enroll in MVLA is to complete an intra-district transfer form. This is the same process our families follow to enroll in any specialized district program. All of the required paperwork can be found here and is also available for pickup at our district office. Please fill out the intra-district transfer and return it as soon as possible by mailing it to or dropping it off at the district office. You may also scan and email the form to Kim Kirschenmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are new to the Monroe School District...
Please enroll by following our new student online enrollment process, found here, or you may pick up printed paper enrollment forms at the Monroe School District Administration Office.
Monroe School District Administration Office
14692 179th Avenue SE
Monroe, WA 98272
Please call the MVLA main line at (360) 804-4900 and leave a voicemail. One of our staff members will return your call as soon as possible. Or, if you prefer email, please reach out to one of our MVLA administrators: