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Letter to the editor: Virtual Charter Academy

Originally published in the Tulsa Beacon – December 20, 2018 We enrolled our children at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy 12 years ago (OVCA)! We made the switch to virtual school when our eldest daughter was diagnosed with a lung condition leaving her immunocompromised. OVCA turned out to be the best decision we’ve made for our […]

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Fairfax teen faces rocky road to Olympic dreams

Originally published in the Fairfax County Times – December 21, 2018 Ellie Sepulveda started rock climbing when she was 11, and ever since a friend roped her into the sport during summer camp that year, she has not stopped. It seems peer pressure can occasionally produce positive results. Now, the Fairfax-residing teenager has traversed the […]


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Originally published in the Idaho Statesman – December 23, 2018 We enrolled our daughter Lauren at Idaho Technical Career Academy (ITCA) three years ago when she struggled with reaching her full-potential at her brick and mortar school. Lauren has ADHD where the large class sizes, low teacher-to-student ratios, and constant distractions, sabotaged her success. With ITCA […]

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Molly Zorba | A Case Study in Favor of School Choice

Originally published in The Signal – December 30, 2018 We enrolled (our daughter) Leia in California Virtual Academy – Los Angeles two years ago to pursue a quality education with rigorous curriculum while enabling Leia to focus on her passion for dance (CAVA-LA). She’s interested in college and studying both dance and possibly law. CAVA-LA […]

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Letter: Online school changed my life

Originally published in the Evansville Courier & Press – December 18, 2018 After constantly being bullied at my brick-and-mortar high school, I knew I had to make a drastic change to reclaim my happiness. With my mental health deteriorating, my education was in jeopardy and I was no longer motivated to succeed. But midway through […]

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16-year-old Virginia girl dreams of climbing to the top at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Originally published on WJLA ABC7 – December 18, 2018 FAIRFAX, Va. (ABC7) — The International Olympic Committee is adding new sports to the 2020 lineup in Tokyo, including rock climbing and a 16-year-old Virginia high schooler is working towards becoming one of the first Olympians for the sport’s debut. Ellie Sepulveda can scale 60 foot walls […]

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GWUOHS Student Climbs Towards Her Goals

Originally aired on KTVK-TV – December 18, 2018 George Washington University Online High School student and climber, Tesla Mitchell, talks about her passion for climbing. Online learning allows Tesla to focus on both her passion for climbing and her education. The nationally ranked climber shares that there’s more to climbing than just going out for […]

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Alexandria 16-year-old has her eye on speed climbing Olympic Gold

Originally aired on WUSA-TV – December 17, 2018 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Sixteen years old and reaching new heights – an Alexandria teen has her eye on Gold for the 2020 Olympics. She knows the hard work it takes to get there and says right now, her focus is on the first feat: a Rock Climbing […]

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Online school donates 9,000-plus toys to kids for Children’s annual toy drive

Originally aired on WCMH-TV – December 16, 2018 Thousands of Children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will receive new toys this Christmas thanks to area residents. The hospital is collecting toys for the kids now and today there was a big donation from the Ohio Virtual Academy, which more than tripled its 2017 donation to the fourth […]

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Online school keeps us sailing

Originally published in The Kent Reporter – December 14, 2018 We enrolled our son, Alex, in Washington Virtual Academy in Kindergarten (WAVA) to embrace his independent learning style. WAVA has freed up our family’s schedule to pursue his passion – sailing. Alex experiences rigorous curriculum, more one-on-one interaction with teachers and the flexibility to move […]