Soirée Kids: PCSSD Offers Alternative to Traditional Instruction

The Pulaski County Special School District boasts many dedicated educators and administrators from 27 schools across central Arkansas, which now includes the DRIVEN Virtual Academy. These educators have dedicated their careers to investing in young people. The DRIVEN Virtual Academy provides a unique opportunity for Pulaski County students.

PCSSD’s Digital Learning Facilitator Rachel Blackwell talks about DRIVEN Virtual Academy and how it may be a good fit for some.

Can you briefly explain DRIVEN Virtual Academy?
DRIVEN Virtual Academy is a full-time, 100% online school for students in K-12 within the PCSSD. DRIVEN Virtual Academy is different from other schools in the area by providing flexibility in coursework with self-paced options, mentoring programs, and curriculum delivery.

Explain what makes the flexibility so unique in PCSSD?
I think our Student Mentoring Program and Blended Model approach make us unique. In the Student Mentor Program, a student is paired with a teacher who will be a point of contact as well as helping students develop and accomplish individual growth plans. Mentors will help fill in the gaps and maintain parent & community relationships.

With the Blended Model approach, students will have curriculum online with the option of virtual oce hours. Virtual oce hours will allow for students to access their teachers for 1:1 support.

Why should families choose DRIVEN Virtual Academy?
Families who are seeking at home learning with support are perfect for the DRIVEN Virtual Academy. Online curriculum for grades K-12 with teacher support. Many families have realized that their students thrive with flexible learning. Families who choose the DRIVEN Virtual Academy can expect to build a partnership and relationships with their student(s) teachers. Content is updated each week so families can work synchronously (with a teacher) or asynchronously (independent).

Students currently enrolled in PCSSD can fill out a letter of intent to return for the 2022-2023 school which can be found at Registration for students new to the district will open March 1.


Pulaski County Special School District spans more than 600 square miles in central Arkansas and requires highly skilled and passionate personnel to adapt educational policies and personalization to 25 schools. Every school is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Education. PCSSD has served schools across Pulaski County since July 1927.

PCSSD is committed to creating a nationally recognized school district that assures that all students achieve at their maximum potential through collaborative, supportive and continuous efforts of all stakeholders.

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