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VIRTUAL LEARNING ACADEMY

A full-time online learning option for all grades

The Gilroy Unified School District is pleased to continue offering an additional educational option for families and students who are interested in independent learning opportunities for the 2021-22 school year.  The GUSD Virtual Learning Academy is a full-time independent online learning option for all grades.  The Virtual Learning Academy is the only virtual education option for students enrolled in the Gilroy Unified School District.  GUSD will not offer the distance learning program as was offered during the 2020-21 school year.  Please complete this interest form if you are interested in learning more about the Virtual Learning Academy, and a member of our team will contact you.

2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR VLA Information Nights

Information Night (English)

Information Night (Spanish)

Secondary Information Night

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, during the 2021-22 school year.

GUSD Virtual Learning Academy courses are available through Courseware, a research-based accredited curriculum, that is part of Edmentum, an online learning provider.  Students enrolled in the GUSD Virtual Learning Academy in grades 6-12 will:

  • Access courses 24/7, from any computer connected to the Internet 
  • Work closely with experienced GUSD teachers
  • Participate in engaging activities designed to meet the needs of all learners 
  • Stay on track with pacing and progress-monitoring tools
  • Have access to curriculum in grades 6-12 including core courses, electives, & more 
  • Remain part of the school community, including athletics and activities

 

Commitment: Semester-long commitment offers students and families a flexible learning schedule during the school year.

 

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

CONTACTS

Elementary (TK-5th grades)
Lisa Lorona
lisa.lorona@gilroyunified.org

Middle School (6th-8th grades)
Kay Guenther
kay.guenther@gilroyunified.org

High School (9th-12th grades)
Kanani Pratt kanani.pratt@gilroyunified.org



DAILY CAREGIVER 
GUIDED LEARNING
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.