By: Valerie Stearns on February 7th, 2020
How Do Students Socialize in a Cyber School?
A common question prospective families ask us when beginning the enrollment process is how often their child will get to socialize with others while being educated in a virtual environment. It's a valid concern as socialization is an important part of a child's development. At PA Virtual, we offer a variety of opportunities for both students and their families to explore local attractions, meet other PA Virtual families in their area, and build strong relationships.
Field Trips Across the State
Each of our eight Family Support Coordinators (FSC) plan various regional field trips and outings each month that are both fun and educational. Some examples of trips offered are trips to museums, zoos, theater events, parks, bowling alleys and skating rinks. FSCs also organize service learning projects, such as Toys for Tots, which give students an opportunity to volunteer and give back in their local community. In addition to social outings offered across the state, we also offer over 20 virtual clubs, including animal, book, and photography club. If students do not see a club or activity that interests them, they are encouraged to start their own. We also hold virtual assemblies and virtual outings to all of our students throughout the year.
Athletics & Other Activities
Another question we are frequently asked is if students at PA Virtual can participate in after-school activities at their local brick-and-mortar school. The answer is yes – students enrolled at PA Virtual are eligible to participate in their local school district’s extracurricular activities, per Pennsylvania Charter School Law. This is another great opportunity for our students to connect with other children in their home district.
Check out some recent field trips offered by PA Virtual and some of our big trips coming up!
Examples of Recent & Upcoming Field Trips
- US Mint Tour- Philadelphia County
- McCarl Industrial & Agricultural Museum- Beaver County
- Grove View Farms Maple Sugaring- Huntingdon County
- Moka Origins Chocolate Factory Tour- Wayne County
- Whitaker Science Center- Dauphin County
- Knoebels- Northumberland County
- Sky Zone- Bucks County
- Ice Skating- Westmoreland County
- Escape Rooms - Blair County
Interested in learning more about how cyber charter schools work? Check out our The Ultimate Guide to Attending a Cyber Charter School In PA that will give you information on everything from teachers and curriculum to what happens after graduation.