What Classes Are Like

At Williamsburg, we value freedom, so we are flexible. We pair that flexibility with quality by offering rigorous courses that are built on active participation, curriculum that opens students to great books and great ideas, and assignments that challenge students to be creative and authentic.

We offer courses in a variety of formats and difficulty levels so you can tailor your class schedule and workload to your unique needs and interests.


Live Courses

In live courses, students and mentors meet together in our live online classroom twice per week. Students and mentors can see, hear, chat with, and present content to each other. Mentors create breakout rooms during live classes so that students can collaborate in small groups. Students participate in group projects, peer presentations, student government, simulations, engaging videos and readings, challenging projects and assignments, and oral, written, and project-based assessments.

We offer many of our live courses in two difficulty levels: Classic and Honors. Students in both Classic and Honors courses participate in the same live class sessions but students in Honors courses have about 30% more readings and assignments, including assignments that are more challenging.

New and Improved Self-paced Courses

In our new and improved self-paced courses, students participate in streamlined learning sessions delivered through compelling, short videos and readings, and then they complete simple and meaningful assignments. These courses are less rigorous than live courses and require less screen time; they are simple, streamlined courses that provide maximum flexibility to students. Mentors in self-paced courses work hard to give praise to students who are ahead or on track, and to give support to students who fall behind. Self-paced courses invite students to maintain a minimum pace, but students can move ahead as quickly as they desire.

Independent Courses

Independent courses help students earn academic credit for extracurricular activities they are already doing. Students often put in long hours practicing musical instruments, competing on an athletic team, or participating in internships. Students can earn credit for these activities provided they log roughly 60 hours of practice/performance during the semester, complete brief monthly reports, and receive instruction from a qualified professional.

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Here are some authentic examples from live classes and student assignments.

Project-Based Learning

In this video, Liz Kirk discusses a Bolivian Pipeline Humanitarian project with her 8th-grade Humanities students. They had a goal to raise a certain amount of money to send to a specific community in Bolivia, and they exceeded the amount they needed!

Collaborative, Socratic Classes

Mr. Brown’s class discusses whether or not Andrew Jackson was a good man.

Oral Exams

Mr. Ure administers an oral test to a government student.

Student Presentations

This is an intro to two students’ video presentation on free speech.

Team Simulations

Individual Mentoring