EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Edgenuity Collaborates with Virginia's Region VII Virtual Academy to Provide Virtual Learning Options for Students

Edgenuity | June 25, 2021

Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K–12 market and the flagship brand of Weld North Education, announced today that the Region VII Virtual Academy in Southwest Virginia had selected Edgenuity as one of its virtual learning choices for students. The state of Virginia has approved new legislation proposing that all school divisions provide a virtual learning option for the next school year, 2021–2022. Edgenuity was chosen as the digital curriculum and instructional services provider by 12 of the 17 participating school divisions. Edgenuity was an early Multidivisional Online Provider for the Virginia Department of Education, serving school divisions since 2008.

The new virtual academy is intended to offer a high-quality, flexible learning option for families concerned about their children returning to school. Students enrolling in Edgenuity's virtual school will finish the curriculum under the supervision of qualified, high-quality teachers.

Edgenuity will offer on-demand tutoring for virtual academy students seven days a week, in addition to over 300 courses with engaging content and explicit teaching. Through 19 school divisions, the Region VII Virtual Academy serves approximately 73,000 teachers and students.

About Edgenuity

Edgenuity, the flagship brand of Weld North Education and a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K–12 market, is used by over 20,000 schools nationwide, including 20 of the 25 biggest school districts, to achieve academic objectives and enhance student outcomes. Edgenuity's comprehensive portfolio of products is designed to assist students, instructors, and communities in succeeding in their online and blended learning programs. Edgenuity provides students with learning options such as beginning credit courses, honors, Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention, and test preparation. Edgenuity also assists educators by providing a high-quality digital-first core curriculum from LearnZillion and professional development tools to assist educators in planning and delivering strong, long-lasting learning experiences.

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