What is an ALE?
Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA) operates under Washington State Law governing Alternative Learning
Experience (ALE) programs. ALE is primarily distinguished by off-campus instruction. The intent of this
type of program is to give schools flexibility to serve a diverse student population.
The specific requirements and expectations of these off-campus learning activities are detailed in a
Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) developed and supervised by a public school teacher.
There are four state requirements for all ALE students. Here are what those requirements mean for a
1. WRITTEN STUDENT LEARNING PLAN (WSLP)
The WSLP is your map to success for your student’s education, developed for your student by your CVA
Academic Advisor. The WSLP includes the learning goals, objectives, learning activities and timelines
for each online or book and paper course you choose. The WSLP can be modified throughout the school by
your CVA teacher as needed/required to meet specific academic needs.
2. WEEKLY CONTACT
Required each week, Weekly Contact is documented, direct communication between your student and your
CVA teacher. Your student will report, in detail, his or her learning for that week, review assignments,
tests and quizzes, and evaluate progress in addition to submitting weekly work samples of completed work.
Direct personal contact between the student and teacher can be accomplished in person, or through the use
of telephone, e-mail, interactive video or other means of digital communication. Regardless of the option
you choose, regular access to high speed internet is essential to participation with CVA.
Weekly contact also serves as attendance for the week. CVA is a public school program subject to the same
attendance requirements as other public schools in the State of Washington.
3. MONTHLY REVIEWS
Each month, CVA teachers conduct Monthly Reviews of student progress toward achieving the specific learning
goals and objectives specified in the WSLP. Satisfactory Progress reflects your student’s progress based on
Weekly Contacts, work samples and grade reports provided from specific subject areas. CVA teachers will want
to speak directly with you and your student by telephone or video at least one time a month to conference on
your student’s monthly progress.
4. ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
At a minimum, all students enrolled in alternative learning experience courses or course work must be assessed
annually. For full-time students, the state assessment is required for grades 3 - 8 and 10 - 12, along with
any other annual assessments required by the CVA school district for all grades. Part-time students must also
be assessed at least annually. All assessments are administered at no cost to families and your CVA teacher
will review the results with you in support of your student's ongoing learning.
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