For students, virtual classes are an excellent way to acquire graduation credits and/or expand their learning opportunities. Last year, over 4,000 students utilized the Katy Virtual School (KVS) program offered by the Katy Independent School District. KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of expanding the learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers. On February 1st, KVS began online registration for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
“KVS provides online learning that offers a flexible, online experience, which helps students achieve their educational goals,” said Susan Richards, Katy ISD Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “The virtual model of e-learning is in high demand and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD students, outside of normal school hours, to support student graduation plans. KVS is different from the current Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which is the online learning model implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Richards.
KVS will offer a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more. There are over 30 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program (KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional opportunities being added each year. The cost per course is $200 per semester. KVS is an approved College Board online provider for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.
For more information, students can talk with their campus counselor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/instructionaltechnology/katyonline/Pages/Katy-Virtual-School.aspx.
Katy Virtual School is a supplemental program to help entering or present high school students take courses in advance.