Letter from Our Superintendent
The Greenfield public school system is proud to announce its opening of the first diploma-granting virtual innovation school in Massachusetts—the Massachusetts Virtual Academy (MAVA) at Greenfield. MAVA at Greenfield is available for students statewide in grades K–8.
The opening of MAVA at Greenfield is the realization of Greenfield Public Schools' vision to provide families and school districts across the state with a high quality, virtual public school option. We know that there are students who are unable or unwilling to regularly attend a brick-and-mortar school. For these students a virtual school provides a lifeline to an education—an option that works with a student's unique educational and personal needs or challenges.
In establishing MAVA at Greenfield, Greenfield Public Schools uses the award-winning K¹² curriculum—a leading company in virtual education with curriculum designed by experts. The rigorous, content-rich curriculum of K¹² courses meets or exceeds Massachusetts state standards across all subject areas. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills curriculum assessments that track achievement. Our students are required to participate in the state’s testing program (MCAS).
Students and families enrolled in MAVA at Greenfield, are partnered with a team of knowledgeable and experienced educators. Highly qualified, Massachusetts-certified teachers are behind every course and will work with families to monitor student progress, attendance, and content mastery while providing professional insight, instruction, and support.
MAVA at Greenfield is now accepting applications for school year 2011-2012. There are two virtual school options:
- For students living within Franklin and Hampshire counties (driving distance of Greenfield) who are supported by Greenfield teachers
- For students living outside of the western Massachusetts area who will receive support from teachers in other parts of the state.
Students wishing to apply or seeking more information about the program or enrollment should call toll-free 866.467.0843 or visit our How-to-Enroll page.
Students from Hampshire and Franklin counties will, after the initial matriculation with K¹², be referred to Greenfield’s virtual school team, as will students with special education needs or students being referred by their school districts.
As experienced educators, we know that deciding on a best-fit schooling option is not a decision to be taken lightly. We encourage you to learn more about our program and consider if it is a good match. Our staff will help families and referring school districts determine whether or not a student is apt to benefit from this model and, if so, provide guidance for applications, orientation, and setup.
On behalf of everyone involved in establishing the new Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield, we are delighted to open this virtual school, and we look forward to creating a high-quality education experience for participating parents and students.
Susan Hollins, Ph.D.
Greenfield Public Schools