One91 Virtual Academy
One91 Virtual Academy is a new school in District 191 with 100 percent online instruction. Curriculum is designed and taught by District 191 staff.
One91 Virtual Academy will follow the district’s unique Pathways model, which supports students in finding their passions and purpose so they are prepared for success throughout school and after graduation. It will be available for students in grades K-12, assuming enrollment is high enough to support each grade level, and open to District 191 residents and students from outside the district.
We know that many students enjoy and thrive in an online environment. Our experience and success providing and continually improving our distance learning option, and our commitment to equitable and student-centered learning, has put us in a strong position to offer a high-quality online experience for families.
Virtual Academy is a great option for students who:
- Enjoy interacting with others online
- Work well independently
- Want more choice in the pacing of the class
- Create a personalized school and study environment at home
- Need more flexibility in instruction schedule
One91 Virtual Academy Open House
District 191 staff introduce One91 Virtual Academy, overview the learning experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and answer any questions.
Enrollments are still being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. Students enrolling after that will be placed on a waiting list, with additional spaces opened depending on interest.
Online elementary students will have learning opportunities aligned with all of our pathways and will allow young scholars to explore a variety of themes and topics. Through embedded activities, events, and targeted exposure to all four pathways, our online elementary students will learn about the world through music, computer programming, virtual field trips to theaters and zoos, and project-based activities designed to spark new curiosities.
Our online middle school students are in a time of great discovery of who they are and of the world. We know middle school students thrive when their unique social-emotional needs and young adolescent culture is supported. Our middle school pathways alignment is designed around learning, leadership and culture, fueling the passions and interests of our students. Whether in person or through our online school, middle school students will engage in these areas to explore academic interests, develop leadership skills, and engage in strategic social-emotional growth and support.
At the high school level, students can choose to attend One91 Virtual Academy full time, or take some courses online while attending Burnsville High School or Burnsville Alternative High School.
The high school pathway experience allows for flexibility for students as they engage and participate in high school courses. Students are not required to focus on a singular pathway but those students who have found an area of high interest can take a sequence of courses. Courses are layered to provide students with the skill development needed to successfully earn the industry-recognized credentials.
Instruction built for online, not just online delivery of instruction
Our distance learning experience has provided invaluable opportunities to explore, design, redesign, and expand successful online instruction.
One91 Virtual Academy courses are created using principles of blended learning lesson design incorporating the elements of Engage-Explore-Explain-Elaborate-Evaluate, while course content still tightly adheres to essential and enduring content standards.
Teachers will use instructional strategies that focus on interaction, inclusion and collaboration to ensure lessons are designed specifically for online learning.
As is the case across all District 191 schools, teachers will use the lens of cultural proficiency in the design of lessons, including content selection, student materials, activities, student voice, and assessment. The CPSS tools are in place district-wide and provide teachers with the framework for more equitable and inclusive classroom instruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will there be a cost to families to enroll?
- Do we need a “variance” to enroll into One91 Virtual Academy?
- Is this just for during the pandemic?
- Can we change our minds and enroll back into our previous school?
- If my child enrolls in One91 Virtual Academy, will they still be a student at one of the district’s “brick and mortar” schools?
- Will classes be with just 191 students, or also include students from other MN school districts?
- Will there be live online classes (synchronous instruction)?
- Can students do part-time online and part-time in school?
- Will a virtual academy student be able to participate in clubs and sports?
- Will students use/receive text books to use? What kinds of materials will they receive? How will they get them?
- Will the teachers be from District 191 or from other MN school districts?
Student Support Questions
Enrollment is now open for the new District 191 online school for the 2021-22 school year. Called One91 Virtual Academy, the school will follow the district’s unique Pathways model, supporting students in finding their passions and purpose so they are prepared for success throughout school and after graduation.
The lessons learned leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic have helped District 191 prepare to offer One91 Virtual Academy as a permanent online option for families.