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Virtual Academy

The Virtual Academy is a fully remote program that serves a limited number of students with a medical (physical & mental health) condition that would benefit from a virtual learning environment.

The Virtual Academy serves students K - 12th from district-run schools who have a medical condition that results in virtual being a better learning format. Instruction is aligned with the CPS Skyline curriculum. All instruction in the Virtual Academy is in compliance with Illinois School Code 10-29. Students will be enrolled for one academic year. Students can reapply annually.

The Virtual Academy is currently accepting students on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

  • Apply to Virtual Academy

    To apply to the Virtual Academy, follow these steps:

    1. Complete Medical Referral: [ English | Spanish ]
    2. Submit Referral: Submit online or Fax 773-534-9468.
    3. Questions:

    Learn more about the Virtual Academy

  • Apply to Expanded Access Program

    The Virtual Academy’s Expanded Access program allows high school students to accelerate their education while still attending their home school. The Virtual Academy partners with schools across CPS to offer free, supplementary learning opportunities during the school day and after school. Certified CPS teachers teach all courses in a collaborative virtual environment, and include AP and early college credit options.

    Learn More and Apply

Virtual Instruction

Classes will be offered in a 100 percent virtual format and will include community building, self-paced, and movement breaks.

  • Instruction will be provided by CPS teachers. Candidates interested in the Virtual Academy may apply at
  • Students in district-run schools will retain their seat at the CPS school they are currently enrolled.
  • Enrollment will be for the academic year. 
  • Special education and bilingual services will be available through the Virtual Academy.
  • While the Virtual Academy will offer as many course options as possible, some specialized programs may not be available.
  • The Virtual Academy will offer after-school tutoring, SEL support, and various clubs.

The Virtual Academy

1326 W. 14th, Pl
Chicago, Illinois 60608