How It Works
Walla Walla Online is a tuition-free, online public school option for students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Utilizing high quality online curriculum supported by Walla Walla Public Schools teachers, students have the opportunity to experience their public school learning offsite. Whether learning to read at elementary, exploring middle school science, or earning high school credit to receive a WWPS diploma, Walla Walla Online may be the perfect choice for some students and families.
Who is the program intended for?
Walla Walla Online serves students in grades K-12 who reside within the greater Walla Walla community. The program is offered specifically for those who may need an alternative setting for health/safety reasons, are currently participating in an alternative educational experience outside of the school district (e.g. another online program, home schooled), or who may experience better learning success in an online delivery model vs traditional.
Are there any costs involved?
No. As a program offered under Walla Walla Public Schools, Walla Walla Online is tuition free. Students are issued a Chromebook to access their learning, and similar to the district’s traditional school setting there are no additional fees involved.
Is online learning right for me/my student?
For elementary students, daily parental and/or family support are necessary for success. While online students will be assigned a Walla Walla Public School teacher to assist as their learning coach, an adult at home must be present to supervise, support, and monitor student progress. If students do not have access to an onsite adult who can monitor and support their daily learning, Walla Walla Online is probably not the right choice.
For secondary students/families, research has shown that successful online students are those who are highly motivated, independent, possess good organizational and time management skills, and maintain the discipline to study and complete tasks without consistent external reminders. The following is adapted from The Community for Accredited Online Schools. Before considering an online experience, carefully review the following prompts:
- It is not important for me/my student to have face-to-face interaction when learning.
- I/my student is an independent learner - classroom discussions are not as critical to I/my learning success.
- I/my student is motivated and organized.
- I/my student’s critical thinking skills are good.
- I/my student’s learning style is often independent or self-guided.
- I/my student enjoys discovering things on his or her own.
- I/my student’s technology skills are good or average.
- I/my student understands deadlines and rarely or only sometimes procrastinates.
- I/my student is comfortable with flexible schedules.
If you/your secondary student can answer yes to a majority of these prompts, online learning may be an option to consider.
How do I learn more about the program and if it is right for me/my student?
Contact us via email or call 509-526-2060 to speak with our program staff.
Is there a deadline for signing up?
For planning purposes, priority will be given to families who commit by August 17, 2020.