Originally aired on KTVN-TV – May 28, 2019
On Tuesday, the Nevada Virtual Academy handed out diplomas for its Northern Nevada graduates. We joined the online students at the Nevada Museum of Art for their in-person ceremony.
On Tuesday, the Nevada Virtual Academy handed out diplomas for its Northern Nevada graduates. We joined the online students at the Nevada Museum of Art for their in-person ceremony. While most of the classrooms are virtual, the commencement ceremony is very real and very significant to all involved.
“A lot of people talk about the college and high school experience,” beams Braedyn Kelly, a graduating senior, “And this is part of you moving on to that next step in your life.” Sasha Scott, the counselor for the 12th-graders, has worked closely with this group for two years: “I know a lot of their background and how amazing it is that they’re getting an opportunity to graduate.”
Sometimes referred to as “K-12,” Nevada Virtual Academy has graduated high school seniors for the past nine years. “We have a lot of really super high flying students but we also have a lot of students that may not have otherwise have graduated,” explains counselor Scott.
Graduating senior Logan Wick joined the academy when he was in grade school. “I can enjoy being able to work from home, I can have my mother do any accommodations I may need.” Valedictorian Braedyn Kelly took advantage of the flexible platform and also in rolled at Spanish Springs High School. “For their JROTC program because it’s a program that K-12 does not offer, so I was able to take that class there and be on their rifle team.” Plus, Braedyn earned 22 college credits all before being handed his high school diploma. “I was also with TMCC so I was taking full college classes as well and Nevada Virtual Academy pays for those credits.”
The K-12 school has a small, in-person learning lab in Reno at the Evelyn Mount Community Center. “For students who are struggling we have a blended component where students come on to campus and get support from their teachers,” explains the counselor. 20 kids graduated Tuesday in Reno and on Wednesday in Las Vegas, another 170 will receive diplomas for Nevada Virtual Academy.
To learn more about Nevada Virtual Academy, visit https://nvva.k12.com/