MNPS Virtual School Takes Historic Step

Tennessee’s first public virtual school adopts the Academy model


MNPS_AN_Virtual SchoolFrom the district that brought you Tennessee’s first public virtual school, Metro Schools is excited and proud to introduce the Virtual Academy of Business and Marketing. With this, MNPS Virtual School becomes the first virtual school in the world to adopt the academy model.

“Virtual School continues its tradition of leading the field of online learning,” said Dr. James Witty, Virtual School principal. “At the click of a button, the new academy will provide students with dynamic and unique course options and career exploration opportunities which are embedded in the academy model. Our school has already experienced a spike in enrollment based upon student interest alone and are excited for the full roll out.”

The Academy will take full advantage of the unique perspective that comes from taking classes online by offering classes in virtual enterprise, web design, interactive multimedia and more. Students will interact in a highly personalized small  learning community with a focus on college and career readiness, raising aspirations and increasing achievement.

Like their counterparts in more traditional high schools, students will have multiple opportunities for job shadowing and internships. Students will also complete a capstone experience and meet industry professionals who can expose them to a multitude of careers, industry skills and potential employers.

"The virtual academy of business and marketing is another example of how Metro Schools is committed to our vision of providing every student with the foundation of knowledge, skills, and character necessary to excel in higher education, work and life,” said Chaney Mosley, director of the Academies of Nashville.

“We are excited to expand the reach of influence of the Academies of Nashville to a student population that has previously not been connected to business partners in high skill, high wage, and high demand career fields in the Nashville area."

Virtual School leaders are working with the Pencil Foundation to identify local business and community partners.

About MNPS Virtual School

MNPS Virtual School is the first public virtual school in Tennessee. It is a nontraditional school with open enrollment for in-county and out-of-county students. Students can enroll full-time or choose to remain in their own high school while also taking core classes, electives and Advanced Placement courses part-time through MNPS Virtual School. Learners are taught by highly qualified, certified MNPS teacher-scholars. All courses are accredited and approved by the Tennessee Department of Education and State Board of Education. All virtual credits obtained at Virtual School also transfer to ANY MNPS high school for graduation purposes. Courses are free for MNPS students meeting the eligibility requirements.