Tennessee approves new Marion County virtual school, 28 others in state

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Department of Education has approved 29 new virtual schools for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

According to a release, this addition brings the total number of virtual schools in Tennessee to 57.

"While research shows that students benefit most from in-person classroom instruction, districts are ensuring families who prefer a virtual education setting for their students have those options and can continue to make the best choices for their children," said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in a statement.

Since 2011, Tennessee has allowed local school districts to create virtual schools that offer alternative modes of instruction for students.

Tennessee families must enroll their students in virtual school in order to receive a significant portion of their instruction remotely.

The new virtual schools include:

Anderson County Schools

Anderson County Innovation Academy, Grades 3-12

Bedford County Schools

Bedford County Virtual School, Grades 3-8

Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Tennessee Online Public School at Bristol, Grades K-5

Campbell County Schools

North Cumberland Online School, Grades 6-12

Cheatham County Schools

Cheatham County Virtual Academy, Grades 9-12

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

CMCSS K-12 Virtual School, Grades K-12

Coffee County Schools

Coffee County Virtual Academy, Grades 6-12

Collierville Schools

Collierville Virtual Academy, Grades 3-12

Dickson County Schools

Dickson County Distance Learning Academy, Grades 4-12

Germantown Municipal School District

Germantown Online Academy of Learning, Grades 6-12

Greene County Schools

Greene Online Academy of Learning , Grades K-12

Greeneville City Schools

Tennessee Online Public School at Greeneville, Grades K-12

Hawkins County Schools

Hawkins County Virtual Academy, Grades K-12

Haywood County Schools

Haywood County Virtual Academy, Grades K-8

Jackson-Madison County School System

Jackson Academic STEAM Academy, Grades K-12

Jefferson County Schools

Jefferson Virtual Academy, Grades 1-12

Johnson City Schools

Johnson City Virtual Academy, Grades 5-12

Knox County Schools

KCS Virtual Elementary School, Grades 1-5

Knox County Schools

KCS Virtual Middle School, Grades 6-8

Knox County Schools

KCS Virtual High School, Grades 9-12

Lenoir City Schools

The iLearn Institute at Lenoir City Schools, Grades K-12

Lincoln County Schools

Lincoln Central Virtual Academy, Grades K-12

Marion County Schools

Marion Virtual Elementary School, Grades K-5

Sevier County School System

Sevier County Virtual Academy, Grades K-12

Sullivan County Schools

Sullivan County Virtual Learning Academy, Grades 6-12

Tullahoma City Schools

Tullahoma Virtual Academy, Grades 9-12

Warren County Schools

Warren Connect, Grades 3-12

Williamson County Schools

WCS Online K-8, Grades K-8

Williamson County Schools

WCS Online 9-12, Grades 9-12