High School Curriculum
Courses Specifically Designed for High School Students
The Utah Virtual Academy uses the K12 high school curriculum to serve our students in grades 9-12. The K12 online high school environment blends the best features of the company's world-renowned K-8 learning environment - the elegant and research-driven design, the compelling interactivity, the ease of use of both online and offline content - with key features designed to make the high school experience successful, given the far more complex high school world of content, skills, and time management.
A Robust Catalog of Courses Meets the Needs of Diverse Learners
The K12 High School Course Catalog is robust, offering more than 90 core, elective, and Advanced Placement ® (AP ®) courses. K12 Math, Language Arts, Science, and History courses are offered in multiple versions to meet the needs of diverse learners with diverse goals. Up to four levels of World Languages are offered as well. Students can chart their own course, choosing from among the four levels of courses to match their aptitude and goals.
Four Versions of Core Subjects
With the K12 high school curriculum, students can harness the power of individualized learning by choosing from the following four versions of Math, English, Science, and History courses:
- K12 Core courses are similar to the standard courses offered by many other programs. The core courses meet all academic requirements for each course area both for graduation as well as for potential admission into a wide range of colleges.
- K12 Comprehensive courses are designed for students entering with a strong foundational knowledge and aptitude in the subject area being covered, as well as solid study skills.
- K12 Honors courses hold students to a greater degree of accountability, and demand even greater independence and self-discipline than their Comprehensive counterparts.
- K12 Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses that follow curriculum specified by the College Board. Similar to K12 Honors courses, AP courses require a greater degree of self-discipline for in-depth study of the subject.
For the full list of K12 courses or to download our catalog, online high school course list.
Earn College Credit While in High School
Does your high school student want a head start on a college education? At Utah Virtual Academy, eligible students in grade 11 and 12 are able to enroll in up to two courses per semester through local Applied Technology Colleges and Salt Lake Community College and apply college credit to both their school diploma and a post-secondary degree. Courses are offered at a low cost-per-credit, must align with the student's graduation plan, and a "C" or better must be earned in order to receive credit.
Eligibility is based on the admissions policies of each institution; however, there is an approval process through UTVA to ensure the course is cleared for high school credit and to determine how it will be applied to the student's transcript.
Proven Pathways to a Chosen Career
At Utah Virtual Academy, your college or career-minded student can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses for a competitive edge for the future, to discover his or her path after high school, or to explore a possible college major. These courses can provide a powerful introduction to fulfilling careers in Fashion and Interior Design, Culinary Arts, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Early Childhood Education, Veterinary Science, Information Technology, Finance, Arts and Communication, and many more.
The Destinations Career Program
Your student can gain a competitive edge for the future—whether that includes college, a career, or both. The Destinations Career Program at UTVA prepares students to be work-ready and college-ready. Students can choose from a broad range of courses in the in-demand career fields of Health Science and Information Technology. And they can earn certifications, college credits, or a full associate’s degree through partnerships with local colleges and universities.
High school is a time to prepare for your future; your new beginning. At UTVA, we celebrate when students reach their goals—and earning a diploma is a big deal! Even though we’re an online school, we make sure to recognize this special milestone. Watch our video to see how we celebrated K12-powered 2020 graduates.