The Virtual Academy of Rochester (VAR) was incepted in September 2014, with a mission to offer instruction to students in an innovative, nontraditional, virtual environment. The use of technology as a main form of instructional delivery allows students to receive instruction and feedback tailored to their own unique learning needs, promoting simultaneous acquisition to content knowledge and 21st century skills. Currently, the VAR offers courses in Virtual Advanced Placement (VAP), initial credit electives, and online credit recovery (OCR).
eLearning, the VAR's learning management system, is the curricular heart of the VAR and has two full-time system administrators. eLearning hosts all course content for the VAR courses offered, inclusive of Virtual Advanced Placement, initial credit electives, and online credit recovery. Students use eLearning to engage with their content, communicate with their teachers, and use supplemental resources available within the platform to support their coursework. Teachers use eLearning to monitor student progress, communicate with students, provide and document feedback of student work, allow student retries on assignments and maintain grades. Helpdesk for eLearning is available throughout the school day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at 262-8164.