PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The School District of Philadelphia is launching a new online educational program for the upcoming school year.

The new initiative, called Philadelphia Virtual Academy (PVA), will offer online learning for students in grades 6 – 12, starting in time for the 2013-2014 school year.

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The District says the new online system will encourage flexibility and innovation and reflect students’ needs. Additionally, PVA will accommodate multiple learning abilities and styles and will allow students to earn a diploma from home at their own pace with drop-in learning centers also available to them.

“We are hopeful PVA will provide students in Philadelphia an innovative and competitive educational option” said Pedro Ramos, Chairman of the School Reform Commission.

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PVA is launching through a partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), a local nonprofit that provides online learning programs for students in 38 virtual academies.

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