Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools (ALVA-ECS), an online public-school serving students in grades K-12 throughout the state, will celebrate the Class of 2019 during an in-person commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 16th. The ceremony will take place at the Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center in Prattville.
Many assume that attending an online public school like ALVA means that students miss out on “real” high school experiences, but this in-person graduation proves quite the opposite.
This year, ALVA will graduate almost three dozen students; about 60% of whom are graduating with honors. Student Robert Blum is one of them. He is this year’s valedictorian who has earned several noteworthy honors such as the President’s Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University, National Merit Recognition, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Charger Distinction Scholarship.
Collectively, the Class of 2019 reports it has been offered more than $200,000 in scholarships and have been accepted to trade schools, colleges and universities across the country, including: Wallace Community College, Maine College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Shelton State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Full Sail University, Troy University, Auburn University at Montgomery, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Montevallo, University of Washington, University of Florida, and Texas A&M University.
“ALVA-ECS students have worked so hard to get to where they are,” says Head of School, Kayleen Marble. “I know that the lessons they’ve learned and the relationships they’ve formed in online school have laid a solid foundation that will extend far beyond high school.”
Students enroll in ALVA for a number of reasons—some are looking to escape bullying, some may have fallen academically off track, and others are looking for an alternative to the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom setting. ALVA students access a robust online curriculum in the core subjects of math, science, English language arts, history, art and music as well as a host of electives. These live virtual classes are taught by Alabama certified teachers.
Details of the graduation ceremony are as follows:
WHAT: Alabama Virtual Academy at Eufaula City Schools 2019 Graduation Ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2019 11:00 AM CST
WHERE: Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Legends Circle, Prattville, AL 36066
About Eufaula City Schools
Established in 1872, Eufaula City Schools is the oldest city school district in Alabama and is the heartbeat of this beautiful southeast Alabama city. Eufaula City Schools is a progressive district providing many academic, enrichment, and technical opportunities for students and teachers while maintaining the values and traditions of the best in public schools. For more information on Eufaula City Schools, visit https://www.eufaulacityschools.org, and for specific information on the Alabama Virtual Academy, visit https://alva.k12.com/.
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