North Star K-12 Virtual Academies

This program is underdevelopment. Please check back Mid-May for important updates and information about next steps.
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North Star Virtual Academies is a K-12 online school that is inclusive, flexible, and accessible—without compromising academics and achievement, powerful learning experiences, and the development of the whole student. We will support and nurture healthy interactions where students collaborate with teachers, parents, and other partners in order to advance their learning, build their capacity, and find joy in each day.

Our countywide shared values in North Star K-12 Virtual Academies are: emotional well-being, relationships, and interactive student engagement. These are the foundations of our school.

With the flexibility, low student/teacher ratio, and our supportive approach, students can excel in a virtual environment through powerful learning experiences and project-based learning (PBL). 

What does support look like at Academies?

Instruction is made up of a team of Lead Learners (Teachers) and Support Staff who ensure that all students can connect and access their learning journey in an equitable manner. Learning clusters are organized to provide a seamless transition from the foundations of literacy and numeracy in the K-3 Academy to the application of skills in order to solve real world problems in the Grades 10-12 Academy.  Relationships and social emotional learning as the core will provide the foundation to a project-based learning experience that ensures equity and access for all students, while meeting the requirements for a NYS Regents Diploma. The K-12 Virtual Academy will act as an extension to our component districts’ diversity of programming and students will retain their home school identity, access to extracurricular activities, and be awarded a diploma by their home district.

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Our Academies


Dr. Jonah Schenker
Deputy Superintendent

175 Route 32 North
New Paltz, NY 12561
phone: 845.255.1400


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Ulster County is committed to providing access to high-quality, meaningful, relevant, and accessible education for all. Virtual learning can be much more - at North Star Virtual Academies.