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Virtual Schools Application Process

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education grants certificates allowing virtual schools to operate in Massachusetts. Over the past three years, the Board granted certificates to the Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School and the TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School. Since two certificates were previously granted, up to four additional certificates remain through the 2016-2019 school year.

For a virtual school opening in 2016-2017, only Massachusetts school districts and collaborative are eligible to apply. The application is a two-stage process, beginning with a prospectus, due July 1, 2016. In early August, after reviewing the prospectuses, the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education will invite selected applicants to submit final applications, which will be due October 7, 2016. Subsequent to that, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will vote whether to grant certificates for a new virtual school to operate.

Request for Proposals for the Prospectus and Final Application

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Questions and Answers about the Application Process

A webinar will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. to familiarize potential applicants with the application process and the requirements for virtual schools. Details will be posted online in the news section of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools webpage.

Applicants may also email questions to the Office of Digital Learning, with the subject line "CMVS Question: <insert brief summary of question>." Questions regarding the Prospectus must be received by June 24, while questions regarding the Final Application must be received by September 30. The Office of Digital Learning will periodically post updates to the Questions and Answers at the link below.

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Questions and Answers about the CMVS Application Process

Last Updated: January 26, 2016
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