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North Dakota Center for Distance Education

Please be advised that home education and virtual education are distinct programs.

West Fargo Public Schools collaborates with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) for virtual education initiatives. 

Home education involves a personalized educational approach conducted within the child's home under the supervision of their parents or guardians. Participation in this program meets the legal requirements for compulsory instruction as mandated by state law. For further details on home learning opportunities, please visit our Home Education webpage

Virtual Program Guidelines

In West Fargo Public Schools District (WFPS) we believe that learning has a social component, and that learners need to be engaged in safe and nurturing environments that allow them to develop their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being.

WFPS utilizes a variety of digital platforms, including Schoology, Edgenuity, and the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) to provide curriculum to learners who request/require a virtual learning option.

Expectations for learners enrolled in virtual learning are as follows:

  • We strongly recommend families meet with their child’s assigned counselor prior to beginning the application process for enrolling in virtual learning.
    • Virtual learning is NOT an answer to planning for vacations, out-of-state athletic opportunities, etc.
  • The family must adhere to Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements regarding standardized assessments and surveys.
    • WFPS can require virtual learners to return onsite to complete DPI mandates.
  • We strongly recommend learners meet bi-weekly with the Dean of Learners.
    • If academic progress is not being made, the Dean of Learners will recommend to your learner’s administrators, you return onsite at the beginning of the next trimester/semester.
  • The family is responsible for ensuring their child has access to reliable internet service to engage in their classwork

Current Progress of Learners Enrolled in Virtual Learning

  • West Fargo Public Schools’ learner academic data shows, learners who are enrolled in virtual learning underperform learners who attend classes on-site. This can be attributed to onsite learners having a defined daily structure, additional educational supports, and easier access to extra/co-curricular activities.
  • Learners engaged in Virtual Learning in high school, who underperform, are at a greater risk of falling behind and being off-track for making progress toward graduation.

Research Shows the Following Traits are Needed for Learners to Be Successful in Virtual Learning:

  • Strong Time Management Skills: Virtual learners need to juggle multiple tasks, assignments, and deadlines in an online setting.
  • Self-Motivation and Discipline: Successful virtual learners are self-motivated and disciplined in managing their time effectively.
  • Excellent Communication Skills: Since virtual learning often involves interacting with instructors and peers through written communication, successful virtual learners possess strong written communication skills.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills: Virtual learners encounter various challenges, such as understanding complex concepts independently, troubleshooting technical issues, and collaborating with peers in virtual group projects.

Important Information for High School Learners Entering the Full Virtual Program

Once a learner has been enrolled into the Virtual Program, they are no longer affiliated with the school they are exiting from. It will be as if they have enrolled in an entirely different school. Therefore, learners in the Virtual Program will not be permitted to participate in the following activities of their previous school:

  • Commencement Ceremony
  • School Dances (Homecoming, Prom, etc.) – Unless invited by a student who meets the eligibility criteria defined in the Student Handbook.

Important Information for High School Learners Taking Courses in Both the Virtual Program and On-Site

  • Learners who are enrolled in courses in the virtual program and their designated home school, must take four onsite courses, both semesters, to be able to participate in aforementioned activities.
  • Learners will be enrolled in once course at a time.
  • Learners must be on-site to complete their virtual course.
  • Before enrolling into a virtual course, learners must meet with their assigned principals and counselor.

Virtual Learners & Extracurricular Activities Participation

Learners enrolled in the Virtual Program must maintain adequate progress toward graduation in order to participate in extra/co-curricular activities. Adequate progress will be determined by attendance (time logged into course), percentage completion of course, and overall grade.​​​​​​

Please Contact Your Learner's School for More Information Regarding the Virtual Program

School Phone Number
Aurora Elementary School (701) 356-2139
Brooks Harbor Elementary School (701) 356-8310
Deer Creek Elementary School (701) 356-8399
Eastwood Elementary School (701) 356-2030
Freedom Elementary School (701) 356-5221
Harwood Elementary School (701) 356-2040
Horace Elementary School (701) 356-2080
Independence Elementary School (701) 356-5890
L.E. Berger Elementary School (701) 356-2010
Meadowlark Elementary School (701) 356-6830
Osgood Elementary School (701) 356-2190
South Elementary School (701) 356-2100
Westside Elementary School (701) 356-2110
Willow Park Elementary School (701) 356-8360
Cheney Middle School (701) 356-2090
Heritage Middle School (701) 356-5910
Liberty Middle School (701) 356-2671
Community High School (701) 356-2008
Horace High School (701) 356-2070
Sheyenne High School (701) 356-2160
West Fargo High School (701) 356-2050