LISD will move forward in exploring expanding permanent online school offerings at the secondary level, including the creation of a Virtual Learning Academy.
Current online offerings are limited to New Hope High School (grades 11–12, permanent) and Virtual Empower Learning (temporary during the pandemic). The proposal would merge New Hope HS into an LISD Virtual Learning Academy, an online program in which all participants will transfer to, participate in, and graduate from the LISD four-year high school.
The LISD Virtual Academy will be open to LISD 9th and 10th-grade students starting in fall 2021 with plans to add 11th grade for Fall 2022 and 12th grade for Fall 2023. Up to 300 students will be accepted via lottery into the Virtual Learning Academy for the 2021–22 school year.
Next steps include gauging community interest and offering a parent information night.