West Valley School District offers online academy

West Valley School District offers online academy

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Technology has grown leaps and bounds. School is no longer restricted to the traditional classroom. The West Valley School District recognized this and took matters into their own hands.

“There might be a home health situation or a student that maybe has anxiety and can't attend school for six hours. Things are changing. The way I went to school. The way other people may have went to school - it was one way,” said West Valley School District Superintendent Mike Brophy.

Now in their second year, the West Valley Virtual Academy caters to over 200 students in the state of Washington. A unique program that's not just restricted to the West Valley, it has students from Spokane to Walla Walla.

Virtual academy student Jack Stroud says that he likes this program because he can work at his own pace.

“It's a lot more freedom. I get sick really easy. When I’m sick, I miss school, but this way I can still be sick and be doing school at home,” said Stroud.

Stroud's mom has seen the benefit of online learning for her son.

“There are so many opportunities and choices for classes that it gives a child the chance to succeed because they're interested in the classes that they're taking,” said Janet Stroud.

West Valley Virtual Academy Coordinator Ashley Lieberknecht says that the virtual academy gives students who may be struggling with the social aspect or other matters another option, but it’s important that students stay disciplined.

“Kids that come to online, a lot of them have had social issues or have had problems in the traditional brick and mortar school, and so they're looking for another option,” said Lieberknecht.

The West Valley Virtual Academy offers over 200 courses, including foreign languages and advanced placement. For more information on how to get started, head on over to