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Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Introduce the Virtual Academy
Online Learning for 6th 12th Grade Catholic School Students

Chicago, IL (October 22, 2013) – The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools is launching its Virtual Academy, which offers personalized learning opportunities through the use of online education to middle school and high school students across the 244 Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.

As a complement to coursework students take at their Catholic school, the Virtual Academy aims to amplify student learning through supplemental online opportunities. The Virtual Academy brings more diverse course offerings that can be matched to Catholic school students' individual interests and instructional needs.

“We are very excited to launch our Virtual Academy as yet another strong educational and experiential tool for our teachers, parents, and students who are interested in diving deeper into the online learning opportunities available in Catholic education today,” remarked Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey, O.P., Superintendent of Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools. “We are aware of the evolving delivery systems and modes of digital learning, and believe that the Virtual Academy will help our kids by expanding the definition of what is a great Catholic school.”

The Archdiocese of Chicago provides a high-quality Catholic school education to more than 84,000 students. To enrich existing Catholic school offerings, the Virtual Academy is designed to serve 6th-12th grade students, with a specific emphasis toward those who:

  • Are accelerated learners who wish to be self-paced and move quickly through many exciting courses.
  • Wish to take additional AP courses.
  • Have been recommended by their teacher or administrator for an online course.
  • Want to explore enrichment options.
  • Need more time than the standard classroom allows to master concepts.
  • Learn more easily with a single-course focus or have learning challenges.
  • Are unable to attend a traditional school because of travel, family situation, illness, or training for competitions or careers, e.g. athletes or musicians.

The Virtual Academy website is virtualacademy.archchicago.org, and visitors can learn more about the Virtual Academy and how it can benefit Catholic school students. Families can enroll students at any time for the online courses, though they are asked to consult with their child’s teacher about the course selections to ensure alignment around the best learning opportunities for their child.

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools serve 84,000 students in 244 schools across the City of Chicago, and Cook and Lake counties. Enrollment in Catholic elementary schools is now growing and sixty percent of schools are stabilizing and increasing their student population. It is the United States' largest private school system and the recipient of the most U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Awards of any other system. Parents or guardians seeking faith, focus and achievement for their children are encouraged to visit schools.archchicago.org.

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