Frequently Asked Questions
Below are Frequently Asked Questions about Bridges Virtual Academy (BVA). Please refer to our Parent and Student Policies and Procedures Handbook for more specific answers to questions that are generalized here. If your question is not answered here or you need more clarification, please contact our office.
General Information & Enrollment
Is Bridges Virtual Academy a public school?
Yes. We are a public charter school operated under a contract with Merrill Area Public Schools.
What grade levels do you serve?
We serve students in Grades K4 through 12. Students from outside the Merrill area can only open-enroll to K4 if their home district also has a K4 program. Students entering into K4 must be 4 years old by September 1st of the upcoming school year. Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 1st of the upcoming school year.
How does the open enrollment process work?
Regular open enrollment is available from February until the end of April. Students applying to BVA from outside the Merrill school district (non-resident) will need to open-enroll during this time period. For more information on open enrollment in Wisconsin or to complete a regular open-enrollment application, go to the Department of Public Instruction's open enrollment page.
What happens if my resident school district denies my request to enroll in BVA?
See the Department of Public Instruction's webpage on open enrollment denials for the most up-to-date information on this question.
When and how will I be notified if my family has been accepted into BVA?
After the regular open-enrollment period ends in April, submitted applications will be reviewed at the district level. Non-resident applicants will be notified by the district in early June whether or not an application was approved. If approved by the Merrill school district and subject to space availability at specific grade levels, approved non-resident applicants will be asked to confirm their intent to attend the Merrill school district and enroll in BVA. Once confirmed, BVA will then send the approved non-resident applicant a BVA Approved Student Enrollment Information form for the upcoming school year. This application must then be submitted in a timely manner to ensure that student's enrollment in BVA.
Do high school students earn a regular diploma?
Is this school for "at risk" students?
Possibly. The commitment of the parent to provide active participation and regular communication with their student's teacher is essential to the success of the student. Without this commitment, it is unlikely that a credit-deficient high school student or a student identified as “at-risk” can be successful in BVA.
Is there a selection process for students who wish to enroll in BVA?
The enrollment limits are set each school year by the BVA Governance Board and administration based on the projected number of applicants and the space available for the school. Considering that BVA is a virtual school, the “space availability” is determined by the number of teachers on staff and the locations in which our students are residing. The Bridges Virtual Academy Governance Board will determine the enrollment limits for 2019-2020 before the open-enrollment period in February of 2019. If there are more applicants than spaces available, we will conduct a selection process in May to determine which students will be eligible to enroll. Preference will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students.
When will the development of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) take place?
Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) for students will be developed in the spring (for current students) and summer prior to the start of the school year. At this time, students and parents will meet with assigned teacher(s) and develop the Individualized Learning Plan. The educational process is discussed and resources are selected to meet the specific needs of student.
Technology Information & Procedures
Questions about BVA technology? Please click on the link to our Technology Support page for more details and information: