Quality Instruction. Flexible Courses. Student Success.
That's the Brandywine Virtual Academy!
The Brandywine Virtual Academy (BVA) was formed to provide schools with the resources and flexibility to serve students who wish to learn online. It is managed and operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, but the credits align with a student’s assigned school. As such, a student graduating will earn their diploma from their public/private school and not from BVA.
BVA offers a wide range of computer-based courses that students take over the internet. Students may complete their courses from a school-based classroom, computer lab, home or other location with internet access.
The courses are developed and taught by locally based, Pennsylvania-certified teachers. In addition, BVA curriculum (unlike national providers) includes and assesses Pennsylvania state standards. Thus, BVA delivers the same high-quality instruction found in neighborhood schools.
A variety of courses and academic levels are available. Students may work at their own pace as long as they meet deadlines. Short-term, skill-building and remedial coursework is also available. Since communication is integral to student success, BVA teachers are available by phone, in “virtual offices”, by email and within the actual course platforms. Teachers have frequent communication with students, primarily through written digital communication, e.g., email, and messaging within our course platforms (LMSs), and student information system (Genius SIS), and if requested, they will copy local school contacts on any electronic communications.
For schools, students, or parents looking to supplement course offerings, address scheduling conflicts, or solve home-bound needs through quality instruction, BVA may be your ideal solution.
Want to learn more? Contact Chip Harper, Supervisor of Online Learning at 484-237-5574 or ChipH@cciu.org.
What is it like to be a part of BVA?
Check out the BVA community testimonials below!
"When our son was in 8th grade we explored an online option for high school with our school district. Our son trained in a sport that required him to practice during school hours. He needed an online option that was flexible and enabled him to do school work at his pace during nontraditional school hours. His course load, selection and rigor were dictated by our district so it met their challenging standards for a high school diploma. We also needed to ensure some courses met NCAA requirements. This was a new experience for us. BVA has been in lockstep with our district, us and our son during this whole process, ensuring our son had what he needed. Everyone has been very accessible and responsive. It’s taken a village to help our son on his path and BVA has been an essential partner in supporting him along his way."
- Kris and Bruno Casabon
BVA PARTNER DISTRICTS
"The BVA program has proved to be an incredibly valuable support for our students and their families in addressing needs for original and recovery credit that we would otherwise not have been able to meet. The support from the BVA team is timely and helps to keep our students on track toward their goals."
- Dr. Michael Snopkowski,
Avon Grove School District
"As the Supervisor of secondary special education, I am always looking for alternative programs that provide a quality education while meeting the special needs of our individual students. BVA offers a variety of academic programs taught by highly-qualified teachers that allow our students to stay on track with their education when circumstances prevent them from physically attending our schools. I appreciate that BVA offers various levels of academic instruction including honors, AP and accelerated courses. I am grateful for the experience BVA provides the students of Unionville-Chadds Ford School District."
- Shannon Brown
Supervisor of Secondary Special Education
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District