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CVA is a totally public, accredited, tuition free, K-12, alternative to traditional brick and mortar schools for Washington State residents.

First off, is your student a resident of Washington State and in grade K-12?

If yes, you’re in the right place.

Does the local brick and mortar public school meet your needs?

For most families, brick and mortar schools are the best solution. Brick and mortar schools provide a stable environment, rich resources and a helpful structure for a quality education. Find your local school district here. If the local public school does not meet your needs, you have options in Washington State.

Do you have the time and desire to work with your student at home?

If you have the time and desire to work with your student at home, you have a couple of choices:

  • You can provide independent, home-based education on your own. Learn more.
  • This is for families who are comfortable providing 100% of their student’s education at home without support from the state public education system.

Or

You can take advantage of one of the many Online and ALE (Alternative Learning Experience) programs offered in Washington State.

This is for families who want a flexible educational approach they can cater to their life’s circumstances and preferences within the range of available resources, support and accountability of the public school system.

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Next: Learn about how CVA works

Our Mission

We partner with parents who take an active role in their students’ education.

How CVA Works

Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA) is a statewide public education program operated by a partnership of nine Washington public school districts. CVA’s mission is to partner with parents who take an active role in their students’ education.

With the guidance of a Washington State Certified CVA teacher, a parent or guardian can be highly involved in customizing an educational program for his or her student’s unique learning style and needs. CVA offers book and paper curriculum choices for grades K-5, a blend of book and paper and online options for grades 6-8, and a selection of online courses taught by Highly Qualified Teachers for grades 9-12.

When you contact CVA, an Enrollment Advisor will answer your questions and, should you decide to enroll your student, guide you through enrollment. While enrollment is underway, an Academic Advisor will be working with you to develop your student’s Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP). Once enrollment is complete and the WSLP is in place, a CVA teacher will be assigned to serve as your family’s primary CVA contact and educational guide.

What CVA is:

What CVA is not:

  • CVA does not offer a summer school program and CVA teachers are not available outside of the regular school year.
  • CVA does not provide Running Start as an educational option. Running Start is coordinated within each student's resident school district.

As the minimum expectation, students can expect to work an average of one hour per day per course. High School students will work toward meeting all state graduation requirements for a state high school diploma. See the CVA Help Center for specific requirements for high school students.

Learn more about what makes a successful online learner.

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Next: Learn about the role of parents

Engaged Parents

CVA is not a program where even the most independent learner can be left alone to work without parental support and guidance.

The Role of Parents

Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA) is not a program where even the most independent learner can be left alone to work without parental support and guidance. As part of CVA's partnership with families, parents:

  • deliver daily lessons (text-based curriculum, K-8)
  • monitor student progress (online curriculum, 6-12)
  • planning and navigating the daily academic schedule
  • ensuring the student is completing work
  • assisting with grading of student work
  • collaborating with the CVA teacher
  • preparing students for their Weekly Contacts
  • facilitating the regular submission of work samples
  • preparing students for assessments
  • ensuring students have the necessary technology (high speed internet, updated browsers, plugins and settings, speakers and microphones, as applicable) and know how to use it

Learn more about how parents can contribute to the success of their remote learners.

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Next: Learn about customizing your student's education

Customizable

Nobody knows your family better than you. CVA enables you to personalize your student's learning through flexible options.

Selecting Curriculum

Nobody knows your family better than you do. That's why Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA) allows you to personalize your student's learning through flexible options.

Student and parents can work with their CVA teacher to modify course pacing and course learning goals to meet individual student needs, from honors track to remediation. Students can also make up missed credits, or achieve curricular stability when participating in demanding sports or fine and performing arts programs or when faced with health or discipline issues at school or in the home. This is also an ideal program for educational consistency if your family expects to move within the state during the school year.

CVA provides instructional resources each school year to support your student's personalized learning plan at no cost to your family because CVA is a public school. If enrolled in a course that offers book and paper instructional resources, those resources are shipped directly to your home for your student’s use. At the conclusion of the course, instructional resources are returned to CVA at no cost to you.

Choosing the right instructional resources can be difficult. Your student will be using the selected curriculum for the school year. There are a lot of things to consider. Be informed, be willing to try, and most of all, be flexible. You and your student should be able to enjoy this journey. Here are some things to consider:

  • Your student's learning style
  • Ages, stages, and number of children
  • Your home environment
  • Your opinion on the use of technology in your students’ learning

Don’t worry, your CVA Academic Advisor will help you through this process. Please take a look at our online course catalog to familiarize yourself with our options.

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Next: Learn about teacher support

Support

CVA teachers are here to help you and your student succeed. Every CVA teacher is Washington State Certified and Highly Qualified.

CVA Teacher Support

Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA) teachers are here to help you and your student succeed. Every CVA teacher is Washington State Certified and Highly Qualified. You are assigned a CVA teacher once you have completed the enrollment process and you will be able to rely on your teacher for guidance and support.

Once the school year begins, your CVA teacher will help you fulfill the basic requirements of all Washington State ALE programs by facilitating your weekly contacts, monthly student reviews of progress and yearly assessment. Your CVA teacher will be available to you via phone, email and other digital communication technologies.

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Next: Learn about accountability associated in an ALE

Accountability

CVA is a public school that provides state high school diplomas. CVA operates under Washington State Law governing Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs.

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 CVA education:

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.

To learn more about ALE’s, click here.

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Next: Learn about some of our families and students

The Right Fit

We’re here to partner with families that need an option outside of the brick and mortar classroom. Take a look at students and families who chose CVA.

Enrollment

Second semester registration is open for K-12 students!

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