MUSE Virtual Five Pillars: Spotlight on Academics

MUSE Virtual 5 Pillars

At MUSE Virtual, our five Pillars provide the basis of our educational philosophy. They are our guiding principles in and out of the classroom and inform so much of the work our students do. But many prospective parents come to us with this question: “How do traditional academics factor into your innovative educational approach?”

Today, we’re going to illuminate the ways in which academics take center stage at MUSE Virtual every day.

MUSE Virtual Academic Standards

MUSE Virtual’s curriculum adheres to the California State Standards. Teachers at MUSE Virtual are provided with curriculum guides detailing the standards of the academic disciplines per grade level. These resources are diverse and can change year-to-year to better suit the needs of students.

Core academic standards are in place to guide MUSE Virtual teachers throughout the school year. Teachers plan lessons and projects around these standards, while also accounting for student inquiry and student passions.

Core Subjects and Special Elective Courses

Don’t be mistaken— Academics are always at the forefront of the MUSE Virtual educational experience.

Teachers cover all core subjects according to grade-level standards, including math, science, language arts, social studies, and history. Methods of instruction differentiate in order to accommodate each individual student’s needs. This ensures that students are learning the academic content in the way that best suits them, setting them up for success during their time at MUSE Virtual and beyond.

In addition, MUSE Virtual offers students the opportunity to take Special Elective Courses outside of the core subjects. Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Seed-to-Table, and World Language are just a few of the current offerings.

What about assessments?

Good question! In alignment with our innovative educational approach, the way we assess our students at MUSE Virtual is a bit different.

Our school year is divided into four quarters. At the end of the first and third quarters, a Progress Report is sent to parents. This is to give parents an idea of how their students are progressing according to grade-level standards. Parents are also required to attend a conference when each report is released to discuss student progress.

The MUSE Blueprint is used to capture student growth and development. This document is released after the second and fourth quarters. It includes qualitative and quantitative assessments related to the MUSE Virtual Five Pillars, and also provides more insight into how a student is progressing with grade-level academic standards.

In addition, students are formally assessed using IXL three times per school year to ensure they’re working on track and at grade level.


Prospective parents also wonder about MUSE Virtual’s accreditation.

We’re proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC). Our model at MUSE Virtual model is 100% based on the content and programming from MUSE School California. Those interested in learning more about WASC can visit

Academics and Beyond

Academics are the core of any traditional schooling experience. But our students benefit from the emphasis on academics and learning in combination with the MUSE Virtual Five Pillars. This creates a well-rounded foundation upon which students can build their skills beyond their MUSE Virtual experience.

Our goal is always to foster and encourage growth to better prepare our students to adapt to an ever-changing world while providing them with an exceptional level of education. If you’d like to learn more about a MUSE Virtual education, visit our Virtual Learning & Community page.

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