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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: Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School (GCVS) and TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA).


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CMVS Accountability Review Protocol
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CMVS Annual Report Template
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CMVS Application for Renewal

CMVS Accountability Reports

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Final Summary of Review — GCVS (February 2019)
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Accountability Review Report — TECCA (January 2019)

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Applying to Open a CMVS

Schedule for 2020-2021 CMVS Application and Review Process — Updated 4/2/2020

ActionApplicant Deadline or Anticipated Timeline for Decisions
Letter of Intent DeadlineJuly 1, 2020 by 12 noon
Prospectus DeadlineJuly 29, 2020 by 12 noon
Commissioner Invites Selected Applicant Groups to Submit Final ApplicationSeptember 2020
Final Application DeadlineNovember 5, 2020 by 12 noon
Learning Management System Virtual Presentation and ReviewDecember 2020
Public HearingDecember 2020
Interviews with Final ApplicantsDecember–February 2021
Commissioner Decision and Board Vote if RecommendedFebruary 2021

Application for a Certificate to Operate a CMVS

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Narrative & Forms
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Budget Template


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CMVS Audit Guide
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FY2021 Virtual School Tuition Inflation Adjustment
This memorandum informs the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) and sending districts about the fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) base tuition rate, which has been adjusted from FY2020 to reflect inflation. The CMVS tuition rate does not change over the course of the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

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For Parents/Guardians
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For Districts that Send Students to a CMVS
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About Private Virtual Schools


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Education of Children with Disabilities Attending Public Virtual Schools (U.S. Department of Education)
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Guidance on Virtual Schools for a Single District

Laws & Regulations

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Chapter 379 of the Acts of 2012: A Act Establishing Commonwealth Virtual Schools
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M.G.L. ch.71 §94: Commonwealth Virtual Schools
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603 CMR 52.00: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools
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603 CMR 28.00: Special Education [28.02(8), 28.02(6), and 28.10(6)(a)]
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