What grades are offered by the Washington Virtual Academies?
WAVA is offering grades K–12 for the 2016–2017 school year. Kindergartners must be five by September 1, 2016 to be eligible for the program.
What subjects will my child study?
Language Arts, Math, Science, History, Art, and Physical Education are the core courses. High school students also take a world language course, and have access to AP courses as well. Visit our k-8 online courses and high school online courses section.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle-school students.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, we are a public school in Washington, so students can earn a diploma by passing and earning all required high school credits to graduate.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
Since WAVA operates as a public school, WAVA teachers are required to oversee their students’ academic progress and pacing in line with Washington State expectations. WAVA teachers are responsible for setting assignment due dates, grading student work and meeting in live classes each week with their students. WAVA teachers work diligently to differentiate their classes and supports in order to meet the unique needs of every child and to make sure that each child is growing and progressing in their learning.
Consistent with the teacher expectations listed above, students and families have daily and weekly flexibility to create schedules that enable them to complete the required academic assignments and attend the live classes in line with teacher expectations.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials. At the high-school level, students will spend two to three hours online per day.
Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our special education team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
The beauty of our K-8 program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Once the student is enrolled and our teachers have had the opportunity to assess a students’ skills and abilities the teacher can offer advanced course work and enrichment activities to best meet the gifted/talented child’s need. In High School, Students have the opportunity to take more advanced courses, including hors and Advanced Placement (AP) or Running start courses for college credit. Visit our gifted and talented student section.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. We expect local clusters of students and parents to get together on a regular basis in their areas. We also are exploring new ways to interact socially using the powerful reach of the Internet. The online Family Directory provides a way for WAVA families to network with families in their region of the state. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests. Find upcoming school outings.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. This school was created to help your child obtain a first-class education and serve your family's needs. If you ever feel that it is not right for your family or your child, you can withdraw at any time.
How do I enroll my student?
Visit our How to Enroll in WAVA section for information on enrolling your student in WAVA.
Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?
Please contact the WAVA office for more information on the extracurricular activities available to students in their resident school district.