Virtual Learning

  • Fargo Public Schools (FPS) offers virtual learning for students living within the Fargo Public Schools district. FPS utilizes Imagine Edgenuity and the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) to provide curriculum to students who request a virtual learning option. Lessons are asynchronous, meaning that students can access them at any time on their device. Scheduled support is also available via video conferencing.

    • Elementary students (k-5) will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, Technology, and Physical Education/Health.
    • Middle school students (6-8) will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, and elective courses.
    • High School students (9-12) will be enrolled in three courses at one time and have nine weeks to complete them. Successfully completing six courses per semester keeps students on track for graduation.

    Virtual Academy requires a full-semester commitment, a designated at-home learning coach, and careful planning and discussion for the family prior to enrolling. It is not a short-term absence solution, a vacation learning option, the sole responsibility of the student, or a learning option for families who do not have at-home supports in place to ensure the success of their student(s). Enrollment is based on deadlines, availability, and prior success in virtual learning.

    What VA is/requires…

    What VA isn’t…

    An asynchronous online learning option for residents of FPS. (Proof of residency is required.)

    ND DPI definition of resident is that a student must “lay their head” within FPS district boundaries. 

    An online option for students outside of FPS boundaries.

    Students interested in VA outside of the district interested in VA must petition for open enrollment into the district by the deadline (last working day of February).

    A full-semester commitment

    • Short-term absence solution
    • Long-term absence learning
    • Extended vacation learning option

    A designated at-home advisor

    Sole responsibility for learning does not lie with student

    A learning option for families who have planned the logistics of learning from home and can articulate that plan prior to enrolling.

    A learning option for families who do not have at-home supports in place to ensure success for their student(s).


  • The Virtual Academy deadline has passed for the start of first semester.

    • Elementary and middle school students interested in registering for second semester (beginning January 16) will be able to do so beginning December 11, 2023.
    • High school students wishing to transfer may request to do so at the following times:
      • November 1 start: transfer window open between October 23-November 1
      • Semester 2/January 16 start: transfer window open between December 11-January 12
      • March 25 start: transfer window open between March 18-22  

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