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  • Commonwealth Virtual Schools (CMVS)

    Commonwealth Virtual Schools (CMVS)

    A CMVS is a public school in which all instruction is delivered online. Massachusetts currently has two virtual schools that serve grades K–12:

    Commonwealth Virtual Schools News Headlines
    10/08/20212021-22 CMVS Support for Districts


    CMVS Accountability Reports

    Send an email to virtualschools@mass.gov to request copies of prior reports.

    Applying to Open a CMVS

    Schedule for 2022-2023 CMVS Application and Review Process

    ActionApplicant Deadline or Anticipated Timeline for Decisions
    Letter of Intent DeadlineJuly 1, 2022 by 12 noon
    Prospectus DeadlineJuly 29, 2022 by 12 noon
    Commissioner Invites Selected Applicant Groups to Submit Final ApplicationSeptember 2022
    Final Application DeadlineNovember 4, 2022 by 12 noon
    Learning Management System Virtual Presentation and ReviewDecember 2022
    Public HearingDecember 2022
    Interviews with Final ApplicantsDecember–February 2023
    Commissioner Decision and Board Vote if RecommendedFebruary 2023

    Apply for a Certificate to Open a CMVS


    • CMVS Audit Guide

    • FY2021 CMVS End of Year Financial Report Form (VSEOYFR)
      Massachusetts Commonwealth Virtual Schools are required to keep an accurate account of all of their financial activities and report their revenues and expenditures annually to the Department on the Virtual School End of Year Financial Report. The Department will update the form, as needed. VSEOYFR is a comprehensive annual financial report in Microsoft Excel format consisting of six sections. The VSEOYFR template is posted to each school's security portal Dropbox each year. It is due annually on February 1 (603 CMR 52.08 (4)).

    • FY2023 Virtual School Tuition Inflation Adjustment
      This memorandum informs the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) and sending districts about the fiscal year 2023 (FY2023) base tuition rate, which has been adjusted from FY2022 to reflect inflation. The CMVS tuition rate does not change over the course of the year.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Single District Virtual Schools (SDVS)

    A SDVS only enrolls students who live in the single school district operating the virtual school. This type of virtual school, a SDVS, is separate and distinct from Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) that operate under G.L. c. 71, § 94, and 603 CMR 52.00. While virtual schools operated by and for a single district do not follow the same process as CMVS, there are certain requirements that do apply and must be followed. This guidance found below provides a process for a single school district intending to develop and operate a virtual school that only enrolls students from that school district under G.L. c. 71, § 94(s).

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    Phone: 781-338-3227

    Last Updated: June 16, 2022

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