Columbia Virtual Academy
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Phone: (855) 525-2270
Fax: (509) 937-2671
School District: Multiple Districts
Grades Served: K-12
Approved as a Multidistrict Online School Program Through the 2017-18 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, South Bend, Sultan, and Valley.
- Language Arts
- Occupational credit qualified
- Social Studies
- World Languages
- Credit Recovery
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.
Student-Teacher Contact Requirements
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 state assessments and iReady assessments 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.
Columbia Virtual Academy (mycva.org) uses an internally-developed Student Records System (SRS). Online courseware provided by Florida Virtual School is managed through the BrainHoney Learning Management System (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 LMS. Support requests are directed to the CVA customer support system (email@example.com).
Student Performance and Demographics
Data for school year: 2015-2016
Course completion rate: 75% of 891 enrollments
Course pass rate: 93% of 672 enrollments
Student Satisfaction Survey
Data for school year: 2015-2016
Average Student Satisfaction:
4.3 (57 responses)
[My son] tried taking all his classes online last year, but that was too much time on the computer for him. He does really well with just one online class. His other subjects, he has decided to do independently with book and hands on. We really liked having the option in middle school to use books instead of all online courses through CVA.
We have been very satisfied with our experiences with Columbia Virtual Academy. It's been wonderful to be able to work with the same advisory teacher for 8 years now, and we plan to keep coming back to work with CVA until our children graduate from high school.
The only thing I don't like about CVA is communication. Some teachers are on the ball and very helpful, others are difficult to reach and unclear with their answers. They also need a high school liaison that can help with graduation requirements because what the district requires is unclear. That is one of the reasons we are not going back next year.