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A full-time online learning option for all grades

Through collaboration with caregivers and teachers, the Gilroy Unified School District is offering the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA), a quality educational experience for grades TK-12, as an alternative option to distance learning.

Commitment: The VLA is a full school year commitment and offers students and families a flexible learning schedule.


Support: Students will be supported daily by a GUSD teacher with core subject area content and enrichment opportunities.


Specialized programs are not available.

At home: Caregivers will be the learning guides for their children as they work through online course materials. 


Partnership: GUSD has partnered with Edmentum, a fully-accredited virtual curriculum provider.


Curriculum: Prescribed curriculum through Edmentum (Calvert for K-5 and Courseware for 6-12).

Daily attendance is mandatory and will be recorded by teachers.  A-F grades will be assigned to students in middle and high school. Elementary school students will receive grades on a standards-based report card system.


Information for VLA families


Elementary (TK-5th grades)
Lisa Lorona

Middle School (6th-8th grades)
Kay Guenther

High School (9th-12th grades)
Kanani Pratt

ELA 90-120 minutes*
Math 45-60 minutes*
Social Studies 30 minutes*
Science 30 minutes*
Elective/ Enrichment 30-60 minutes*

Plus teacher instructional support daily
* approximation of time each day

Caregivers are critical in their child's educational success in GUSD's VLA.

TK-2nd grades: Caregivers spend 3-4 daily hours

3rd-12th grades: Time commitment varies, but caregiver support is essential

What to expect

A student enrolled in the virtual academy will: 

  • Access courses 24/7, from any computer connected to the Internet; many courses are optimized for mobile devices, including tablets. 
  • Work closely with supportive, GUSD teachers who are committed to building strong relationships with both students and caregivers. 
  • Have access to core courses in grades K-5 in ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science, and enrichment courses like P.E. and Art.
  • Have access to curriculum in grades 6-12 including core courses, electives, career and technical education, and advanced courses. 
  • Participate in engaging activities designed to meet the needs of all learners, including videos, audio content, and problem-based interactive lessons. 
  • Stay on track with pacing and progress-monitoring tools. 
  • Remain part of the school community, including participation in activities and athletics open to any GUSD student, if applicable. 

Please note:  

All requests to attend the VLA are evaluated and approved or denied by the District consistent with applicable state and federal laws. 

Requests to return to a GUSD school or to join the VLA during the year will be considered based upon space availability. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The district provides all applicants equal opportunities without regard to sex, ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition or pregnancy, veteran status, gender or actual or perceived sexual orientation.