Online Learning in MMSD
Online learning is growing exponentially across the country. The Madison Metropolitan School District has been offering online learning options for students for over seven years, primarily through Madison VIrtual Campus. Our district developed an “embedded approach” to online learning. In contrast to a “virtual school”, Madison Virtual Campus provides students with options for taking online courses while maintaining all of the benefits and resources available in our high schools. MMSD also uses other online programs to supplement student learning, particularly for adaptive curriculum.
What is Madison Virtual Campus (MVC)?
Madison Virtual Campus (MVC) is a district-wide service that provides flexible online learning opportunities to MMSD students through their home-school. MVC is not a school/program and does not offer diplomas. MVC is a partner in the Wisconsin eSchool Network, which offers our students the instructional expertise and opportunities for learning from over 16 member and affiliated school districts. Through our partnership, we have access to fully vetted, standards-aligned curriculum from quality content vendors such as FLVS (Florida Virtual School).
Currently, only high school courses are available for online enrollment through MVC. Secondary students with compelling curricula needs (e.g. to keep pace for graduation, to take courses not offered at their high school) consult with their school’s counselor who assists students through a selection and approval process to best meet the student’s particular learning needs. The MVC courses are for original credit or credit recovery and are full semester in length. For further MVC information, contact your school guidance counselor, your school's MVC mentor teacher, or the MVC Teacher Leader (Meri Tunison, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Online Programs (Apex Learning)
MMSD presently uses Apex Learning to provide an alternative option or supplementary curricula for student learning. The program is generally used in a high school classroom setting to provide greater flexibility for student learning. Our online curricula are primarily used for secondary students in high schools for credit recovery, in the Innovative & Alternative Education programs, for students with Individualized Education Programs, or students with Differentiated Education Plans in Talented and Gifted programming.
If you are a high school teacher and interested in the use of Apex Learning please contact Kate Statz at email@example.com for license and training information.
If you are a student or a parent whose student is in need of these services and you would like more information about options including non-MVC online programs, please contact your student's School Counselor or Case Manager for specific school's programs.
Coordinate and implement MVC and online program policies, procedures, and communications:
Executive Director of Secondary Programs and Pathways
MVC Teacher Leader and District Liaison
MVC & Online Learning Programs Specialist
Please click on the following links for more information about Madison Virtual Campus.