Online summer school: top grade for flexibility

Online summer school through Brandywine Virtual Academy (BVA) can help students recover credit, get ahead, and explore new electives whenever and wherever they choose during the summer months.

“Summertime is an excellent opportunity for students to continue to progress in their education,” said Chip Harper, supervisor of online learning for the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), which operates BVA. “Whether it’s students recovering credits, getting ahead for the next school year or taking courses they did not have time in their schedule for but always wanted to take, BVA supplies the teachers and the program to meet their needs.”

Registration is now open at and features three session options: Jump Start (April 20-July 30), True Summer (June 1-July 30) and Credit Recovery (June 1-July 30).

Since its creation, a growing number of students from Chester County and beyond have taken advantage of BVA’s diverse course levels and offerings, flexible scheduling, and unique supports. There are 830 students currently enrolled in the program, taking courses ranging from Mandarin Chinese to Advanced Placement (AP) physics, and everywhere in between.

These students are drawn from one of BVA’s more than 40 district partners. According to Harper, school districts partner with BVA to provide courses to meet students' unique scheduling needs, or to expand their course offerings.

“Summer school is a great option for any student,” said Jackie Brodsky, a BVA science and special education teacher. One of Brodsky’s students last summer was a returning student who took classes with BVA while she underwent chemotherapy, allowing her to remain in school throughout treatment.

“Thankfully the student is in remission and she took classes in the summer to make up some work,” said Brodsky. “This is just one example of how BVA helps students stay on track with their education no matter their situation.”

Students can access courses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all with the unique supports that ensure student success. In addition to subject matter teachers, students have access to BVA student support liaisons and technology support specialists.

"We’re the go-to people for parents, school districts and students,” said Jennifer Holste, a BVA student support liaison. She spends her day offering support in the interactive Virtual Office, where students can access recorded live lessons and connect with their teachers and technology staff. “We form a triangle that connects and keeps communication flowing between all three of these critical pieces.”

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