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

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Applying to Open a CMVS

Schedule for 2021-2022 CMVS Application and Review Process

ActionApplicant Deadline or Anticipated Timeline for Decisions
Letter of Intent DeadlineJuly 1, 2021 by 12 noon
Prospectus DeadlineJuly 29, 2021 by 12 noon
Commissioner Invites Selected Applicant Groups to Submit Final ApplicationSeptember 2021
Final Application DeadlineNovember 5, 2021 by 12 noon
Learning Management System Virtual Presentation and ReviewDecember 2021
Public HearingDecember 2021
Interviews with Final ApplicantsDecember–February 2022
Commissioner Decision and Board Vote if RecommendedFebruary 2022

Apply for a Certificate to Open a CMVS


  • CMVS Audit Guide

  • FY2022 Virtual School Tuition Inflation Adjustment
    This memorandum informs the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) and sending districts about the fiscal year 2022 (FY2022) base tuition rate, which has been adjusted from FY2021 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).

Laws & Regulations

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