Principal's Message

  • Building Our New Virtual Community Together

    Hello, my name is Dr. Shawn Lear. I am the proud principal of the newly created Kent Virtual Academy (KVA)! I am excited to bring my 20 years of service in education to the Kent School District (KSD). I have served students and staff in grades K-12 in both traditional and in virtual school environments and I am passionate about creating educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Most of all, I am excited to see what we can build together during our first year as the Kent Virtual Academy community!

    A lot has happened in the past few years, and regardless of where you are in life, you deserve an education. When I was a child, my father traveled a lot for work and we moved around quite a bit. I switched schools seven times and attended school in two different countries! A virtual school would have been a great option for me as a self-motivated student. I believe in virtual education and have completed my two most recent college degrees entirely online. Even if you have never considered a virtual schooling option, I invite you to consider what Kent Virtual Academy can offer you and how you might become a founding member of our growing community.

    Kent’s virtual school is a non-traditional learning community designed for students in grades 6-12. We’re excited to offer a wide range of virtual classes, a flexible schedule, and dedicated KSD teachers and staff to connect with. Our staff are highly qualified and trained to offer both in-person and virtual instruction and support for all types of learners. We believe in a supportive and rigorous learning environment where teachers and students collaborate in virtual and in-person teaching and learning, and are committed to providing the flexibility you need to be successful. Our caring staff will also offer in-person opportunities for students who may need some additional assistance from time to time. Our virtual school also offers cross-enrollment, enabling you to take core classes virtually while continuing your sports, band, and additional courses that you may need at your boundary school. Students will join KVA for many reasons–our goal is that all students find a meaningful way to belong, grow, and succeed at KVA.

    The experiences of this new community of students and teachers will shape the diversity of our school and collaboratively create the foundation of a lasting learning program. We will foster positive relationships with special events and create new traditions for the Kent Virtual Academy school community. During our first year, we will explore and adopt our own school name, colors and mascot as we clarify our values together and discover what makes our virtual school a truly distinct and diverse learning community! I personally invite you to explore what this opportunity has to offer you as a student and consider how you might become a founding member of our school. Visit our website to learn how to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year online or attend an informational meeting at your current KSD school!

    I look forward to meeting you this fall at KVA!

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Last Modified on May 18, 2022