Pickens County Virtual Academy

Pickens County Virtual Academy offers full-time online learning opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade!
Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, we are expanding our virtual program to accommodate students who may not be ready to return to face-to-face instruction due to coronavirus concerns and to continue to serve students of all ages who have found online learning to be a good fit during the pandemic.


Unlike other online education options, Pickens County Virtual Academy allows students to be taught by a teacher from their own community, facilitates a smooth transition back to traditional schooling in SDPC, and allows graduates to still earn a diploma from their local high school. Pickens County Virtual Academy’s curriculum aligns to South Carolina College & Career Ready Standards. Students will be supported with teachers, devices, and software provided by SDPC.


To address enrollment needs for virtual learning and learning from home, the School District of Pickens County has partnered with three organizations to offer virtual learning opportunities for students in 5K-12th grades.


Elementary Virtual Learning

Students in Kindergarten (K5) through 5th grade have the opportunity to engage in quality learning opportunities that are aligned with SC College and Career Ready Standards. The learning platform is provided by our partner Edmentumn.  The assessment of learning is delivered by SDPC quality teachers. The elementary content for Edmentum is delivered through Calvert


Students will be full-time online learners in this program. SDPC will provide a device for learning. The family will provide reliable access to the Internet and learner support from home.

Watch: ”A Day in the Life of a K-5 Student”

Middle School Virtual Learning
Middle School learners have the opportunity to engage in SC standards-aligned curriculum through Odysseyware and VirtualSC.

Students receive the majority of their content delivered through Odysseyware with a teacher from SDPC to assess learning and support with supplemental instruction when needed. Odysseyware offers English, Math, Science, and Social Studies instruction, along with some elective opportunities for grades 6-8.  For more information on Odysseyware click HERE.

Some middle school students will want to take advantage of courses offered in VirtualSC. Sixth graders may take overview courses to serve as electives. These are Exploring World Languages and Introduction to Careers. Students who are in the 7th and 8th grades have the opportunity to take courses for Carnegie units of credit toward their graduation requirements. A school counselor will work with students and parents to assist students with enrolling in appropriate courses. For more information on VirtualSC, click HERE.

Middle School learners may take all courses through virtual programming with Odysseyware or VirtualSC. Others may wish to supplement courses with this programming and take some courses with their middle school in a face-to-face setting and others through a virtual classroom. We encourage parents and students to explore these virtual resources. A school counselor will work with students and parents to assist with enrolling in the appropriate courses. SDPC provides a device for students to use for the coursework, but families are responsible for providing reliable Internet access and a supportive environment for online learning.


High School Virtual Learning
High School students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to take all courses needed for graduation and college admissions through virtual learning. These courses are offered through Pickens County Virtual Academy and VirtualSC. Students may take courses from PCVA, VirtualSC, or both. Students may also supplement face-to-face instruction in a high school setting with virtual learning from home. SDPC provides a device for students to use for the coursework, but families are responsible for providing reliable Internet access and a supportive environment for online learning.

Pickens County Virtual Academy 2020-2021 Course Selection

Pickens County Virtual Academy offers all courses students need to graduate from high school in South Carolina. Additionally, students may take the courses needed for college admissions. PCVA courses are designed by curriculum specialists to align with SC College and Career Ready standards and taught by quality SDPC teachers. PCVA offers seven different points of enrollment in courses throughout the school year. Some of these courses are not offered in face-to-face instruction in SDPC. Students who wish to enroll in PCVA courses need to discuss course requests with their school counselors. 

VirtualSC

VirtualSC offers all courses students need to graduate from high school in South Carolina, as well as courses needed for college admissions. VirtualSC offers a variety of honors and Advanced Placement courses. Additionally, VirtualSC offers world language instruction in French, German, Latin, and Spanish. These courses may be taught on a year-long, 8 week, or 16 week basis. Students who wish to enroll in VirtualSC courses may go online and request enrollment in these courses during open enrollment periods. School counselors will also help students with course selections.