The school year, 2016-2017, marks the 4th year for Big Rapids Virtual School. There have been a few changes this year. The curriculum was switched to a new provider which gives students the advantage of a wider selection of electives. Another plus for staff is the availability of more efficient reports, which helps in track student progress. The addition of operating hours is another change for BRVS. New start times for Tuesday and Thursday allow more learning time. It is a benefit for students who utilize BRPS transportation, as they now can attend school five days a week. Also, we are able to offer breakfast Monday through Friday.
BRVS continued our Cooking for Teen’s class with the MSU Cooperative Extension Office. Chef Don Zimmer and MSU Extension staff member Heather Prewo led the 2 classes and the students learned so many things.
BRVS graduation numbers continue to increase. 2017 saw 23 students receive their high school diplomas!
We are very proud of our celebrations of success at BRVS. Every time a student passes a class and moves one step closer to graduation, we celebrate by taking their picture and posting it on our wall of fame. We also post it on the Big Rapids Virtual School Facebook page, which is fed onto the BRVS website. Students also receive “rewards” when they achieve goals they have set.
Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, BRVS was required to show student growth by using a pre-test for reading and math. The results are in and our students have done extremely well and shown good improvement on their scores.
Our on-line classes are open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Students can work from anywhere they have an internet connection. They also have access to the BRVS lab 39 hours every week. Students may come in to do work on the computer and get help from our staff.
BRVS had over 15 students attend the MOISD Career Center in a variety of programs. Not only did they attend but they were very successful!