Columbia Virtual Academy
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School District: Multiple Districts
Grades Served: K-12
Approved as a Multidistrict Online School Program from the 2011-12 through the 2014-15 school year.
Student Enrollment Instructions:
Students can learn about applying for enrollment in Columbia Virtual Academy at www.cva.org.
In order to better serve all families in the district, the Valley School Board established a program in 2003 to meet the learning needs of families who, for various reasons, chose not to have their students attend a traditional brick and mortar school. In 2006, CVA began the partnership model, opening this unique opportunity to other districts in order to more fully serve all students.
Under the guidance of a Washington State Certified CVA teacher, each student is able to experience an educational program that is tailored as much as possible to his or her unique learning style and needs.
The CVA Course Catalog offers a wide selection of quality curriculum options from which each student’s Written Student Learning Plan is built. CVA’s personalized approach provides the flexibility to accommodate diverse family circumstances, while meeting state educational and quality standards.
CVA operates under Washington State Law governing Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs. CVA is an approved online school program by the Digital Learning Department of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and is accredited through the Northwest Accreditation Commission.
CVA partner school districts include: Kettle Falls, Lopez Island, Naselle-Grays River Valley, Onalaska, Orient, Raymond, Sultan, and Valley.
DLD-approved online offerings include courses from Apex Learning, Calvert Educational Services, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Global (grades 6-12) and Accelerate Education (grades 1-5).
Language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education and health
English, literature and writing
Spanish I, Spanish II
Biology, chemistry, earth science, physical science, physics, pre-algebra, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, integrated math, pre-calculus, and calculus
Contemporary world issues, world history, U.S. history and government, Washington State history, economics
Physical education and health
From the highly-capable to those needing specialized academic assistance or guidance, CVA serves students at various academic levels in order to achieve individual success at the student’s pace. CVA serves students whose families desire a personalized, flexible approach to education, while adhering to Washington State standards. CVA offers educational options to benefit students who, for a variety of reasons, may not thrive in a traditional school program. CVA also serves students seeking credit retrieval or course enrichment; sick, home-bound or at-risk students; and students pursuing Olympic-level athletic competition or professional careers.
CVA teachers work with students and parents to ensure student achievement of learning goals. Each week, students are required to provide specific evidence of learning progress through learning portfolios, student narratives, online learning program progress reports and in-depth conversations. CVA students participate in the state’s MSP/HSPE/EOC and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing in accordance with statute and regulation. CVA secondary students are required to meet all Washington State requirements and standards prior to graduating and receiving a high school diploma.
CVA teachers interact with their students in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous ways. Most often, they communicate one-on-one in conversations using a variety of technologies as a part of weekly check-ins and monthly progress reviews. Teachers also connect with students and families in person through field trips, pre-arranged visits and in some cases, weekly on-campus enrichment classes.
CVA’s certified teachers monitor and determine academic progress according to state Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), Washington State standards and ALE requirements.
The Columbia Virtual Academy program is fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission.
All CVA teachers are certificated to teach in Washington and are Highly Qualified in their subject areas.
CVA does not offer AP courses.
Columbia Virtual Academy (mycva.org) uses an internally-developed Student Records System (SRS). Online coursework is managed through the curriculum provider’s Learning Management System (LMS), such as Calvert (calvertpartnerschools.org) and Apex (apexlearning.com). Florida Virtual School Global and Accelerate Education courses are managed through the BrainHoney LMS (mycva.brainhoney.com).
Each CVA student is provided with an account to access online tools and resources. Family accounts are also created upon enrollment and provide access to student learning plans and related educational content. General communications are facilitated through the mycva.org website newsfeed and through social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Primary student/teacher communications are facilitated using SRS and the appropriate LMS. Support requests are directed to the CVA customer support system (email@example.com).
Student Performance and Demographics
Data for school year: 2012-2013
Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:49.8
Course completion rate: 94%
Course pass rate: 93%
Student Satisfaction Survey
Data for school year: 2012-2013
Average Student Satisfaction:
4.3 (331 responses)
We've been fairly pleased with the curriculum we've used with our son, however this year the school made curriculum changes during the first part of the year after we'd already started with what we had. It was a little disjointed and hectic trying to find a new curriculum a month into school and I didn't understand why we weren't informed of this over the summer or at the end of the previous year so we would've had time to make the necessary changes before starting the course work. The first teacher we worked with we enjoyed--he was very helpful and encouraging. The teacher we're working with this year seems a little frazzled and like she's trying to catch up constantly. I feel less inclined to ask her for help if/when we need it. However, the administration we've talked with has always been very professional and helpful.
I'm pleased overall with CVA. It provides the outline/model I need as a need home school teacher. My only concern was that I did not have all the materials before the 1st day of school.
I don't have an online class for my child. I report the work done each week online but that's it...