Tulsa Public Schools Virtual Academy Applications Open, ‘Could Be Win-Win’ For Future

Monday, July 6th 2020, 5:23 pm
By: Jonathan Cooper

TULSA, Okla. -

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the country, Tulsa Public Schools is providing an alternative way for some students to learn next year.

Tulsa Public Schools is starting to accept applications for their virtual academy.

The program is open to any student who is in Pre-k through 12th grade. They said students in the virtual academy will continue to be students in their current schools but will complete just their studies online.

"I think this could be a win-win in a lot of ways because this is something we've been asked about in the past,” said Dr. Ebony Johnson, the district’s Interim Chief Learning Officer.

TPS said they're still trying to work out the details, but said they plan to offer everything from core studies to music and physical education virtually.

"It will have a little bit of both structure and flexibility. So we're literally kind of still building some these pieces out but a lot of it will look like when a student starts their typical day,” said Johnson.

They also said students will always have the option of going back to in-person learning if their preference changes.

Many parents have also asked if their students will fall behind if they enroll in the virtual options, but TPS said students will have a flexible schedule that will include opportunities for acceleration and targeted tutoring and add that students may even be able to get ahead within this model.

The interest form for TPS's Virtual Academy can be found by clicking HERE.