West Ottawa Public Schools is proud to offer students a robust virtual learning option through West Ottawa Virtual Academy. This educational option is well suited for students who are seeking the flexibility of distance learning through the virtual environment, without having to compromise on access to extracurricular activities and athletics that are offered through the district. Students enrolled at West Ottawa Virtual Academy benefit from a curriculum that is designed and taught by highly qualified West Ottawa teachers.
For more information about virtual learning through West Ottawa Virtual Academy, please visit: westottawa.net/schools/wova.
Students at West Ottawa have the opportunity to pursue their individual educational interests by taking online classes with certified, highly-qualified instructors. Students are provided with an on-site mentor who monitors their progress, advocates for them, and serves as a liaison. Most of our online learners dramatically outperform the state averages for earning credit in their online classes!Becca VanWeerdhuizen – Coordinator, WOHS
FAQWant to learn more about this program?
If you have further questions, please contact your school counselor or the counseling office: (616) 786-1100.
Is online learning a good fit for me?
If you’re interested in taking an online class at West Ottawa, please look through these resources to determine whether online learning is a good fit for you:
- Student Guide: https://goo.gl/TJMdJM
- Parent Guide: https://goo.gl/xJSLsA
- Online Learner Readiness Rubric: https://goo.gl/Ann9Fb
What classes are offered?
WOHS-Approved Michigan Virtual Courses: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1i2Xbk5lyHoo11p–MtvmgMSzMFn47fUEgnebmz8C–0/edit?usp=sharing
What are the steps for enrolling in an online class at WOHS?
- Step 1: Submit the WO Online Learning Request form: https://goo.gl/forms/0RSpcCVMIydM0AdN2
- Step 2: Receive approval from counselor and principal
- Step 3: Submit the WO Online Learning Agreement (paper form provided by mentor)
- Step 4: Attend WO Online Learning Orientation in the North Library with your mentor
- Step 5: Begin your course(s)!
How does online learning work at WOHS?
Students taking an online class at West Ottawa are assigned a class hour during the school day to work on that course. Students are also assigned a mentor. The mentor serves as a support for students taking online classes, advocating for them when necessary, monitoring their progress to ensure successful completion of the course, and acting as “the liaison between the student, online instructor, parents, and administration” (Michigan Virtual School Mentor Fundamentals).
Students and their parent/guardian sign a WO Online Learning Agreement that details the expectations for students, parents, the mentor, and the district. When students finish their course, the percentage grade that is earned is translated into the equivalent West Ottawa letter grade and is recorded on their official transcript.
Can students take online classes during the summer?
Students may elect to take an online class during the summer. Unlike courses taken during the school year as part of the student’s 6-hour day, the cost of summer classes is covered by the parent/guardian. The student’s parent/guardian is also responsible for monitoring the progress of their child during the summer. Students may elect to put their final grade on their transcript but they are not required to do so. Please see the Summer School & Test Out page of the West Ottawa High School website for more details: https://www.westottawa.net/westottawa/summer-school-test-out/
WO Online Learning Request Form
WO Online Learning Request Form: https://goo.gl/forms/0RSpcCVMIydM0AdN2
WO Online Learning Agreement
WO Online Learning Agreement: https://drive.google.com/a/westottawa.net/file/d/1mBzl5P_vGxQ7SHZCsqkwA2SU-PGZ-tho/view?usp=sharing