Leading the Nation
A statewide celebration in which Massachusetts public schools and local communities will showcase their students’ academic and creative successes
What is Leading the Nation, and why are we celebrating?
While Massachusetts has always had a strong commitment to education, the state’s public schools – including Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School – have been recognized as national leaders on many fronts in recent years, thanks to the hard work of teachers, students, families, and communities.
The Leading the Nation campaign coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act, which increased and stabilized state aid to districts, established common learning expectations statewide, and made it easier to see where schools were doing well and where changes might be needed. Massachusetts’ recent successes reflect an enduring bipartisan commitment to those principles.
Why is GCVS celebrating? Because its your successes – students, parents, and teachers – that have helped make Massachusetts a leader in public education and you deserve to be recognized. As a virtual academy, GCVS reaches all corners of the state, from Boston’s Back Bay to the tip of Cape Cod to the Berkshire Mountains in the backyards of Pittsfield. In some ways, we ARE Massachusetts, and our success wouldn’t be possible without you!
Leading the Nation Week
May 7-11 A virtual showcase of student projects here and on social media
May 8 A Virtual Round Table discussion for parents about why online education in Massachusetts has meant success for their children
May 9-10 Virtual Open Houses with a special student guests talking about their experiences
May 11 GCVS Virtual School Bus tours connecting students across the state
Elementary and Middle School
The elementary and middle School programs consist of the four core academic courses of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and History, and students may also take art or music as a full-year class. In order to meet the State’s physical education requirement, we work with students and their parents on a plan for some exercise or fitness activities. Lessons are supplemented with traditional materials, including award-winning textbooks, CDs, videos, and hands-on collateral that complement online learning and allow the widest variety of students to master lesson objectives.
Our High School program (grades 9-12) provides a core curriculum of challenging college preparatory courses, Advanced Placement courses and a generous complement of electives in all departments. We are committed to offering each student a virtual school instruction that is both engaging and challenging, which we accomplish by following the Massachusetts High School Program of Studies, or MassCore. MassCore is intended to fully prepare high school graduates for college or a career. MassCore recommends a comprehensive set of subject area courses and units as well as other learning opportunities to complete before graduating from high school.
Similar to our Elementary/Middle School program, students are required to have a plan for exercise, fitness, or sport activities to meet the physical education requirement. All students must have a graduation course plan, outlined at the beginning of their studies, which is discussed with a guidance counselor/advisor and can be modified throughout the student’s time with our program. A vision without a plan is just a dream. Our graduation course plans ensure that you attain your dreams.