K–8 Teacher FAQs
What would a typical week look like for a WAVA instructor?
Our teachers typically work Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM (as a traditional brick-and-mortar teacher would).
Are teachers assigned students in their own geographical area?
Ideally, yes. WAVA hires the best teacher candidates based on qualifications, not area of residence, although all teachers must be Washington state residents. Families from all around the state can enroll at any time. Because of this dynamic, it is not always possible for a family to be assigned a local teacher. Classes are redistributed in the summertime to account for this.
What is the training process for a WAVA instructor?
While being an online instructor requires many of the same skills as a traditional classroom teacher, many new skills must be acquired. Our newly hired state certified teachers are required to participate in a 40-hour online training course in addition to a full week of additional face-to-face training in Tacoma with WAVA administration. Additionally, all teachers attend face-to-face and virtual professional development meetings throughout the school year and participate in weekly online professional learning communities.
Where do teachers work?
Teachers work from home.
How often do instructors get together?
What positive outcomes do you hear from WAVA instructors about the job?
What do teachers find to be challenging?
Would it be possible to enroll my own child as a student and be a certified instructor?
Are there part-time opportunities?
How many students are in a teacher’s class?
What are the student requirements of the program?
As part of the Washington state public school system, WAVA has monthly progress goals, required attendance time, weekly teacher contact, and monthly progress conferences as requirements. For a student to be successful, a home-based Learning Coach (often a parent), needs to be available to work with the student daily, as well as be in regular contact with the WAVA Washington state-certified teacher.
How is the curriculum assigned to the student?
What courses are offered through WAVA?
Students in Kindergarten are full-time and may take language, arts, math, and science.
Students in grades 1–5 may take language arts, math, science, history, art, and physical education.
Students in grades 6–8 may take language arts, history, math, science, and history.
Do students participate in state testing?
How many teachers are currently employed by WAVA?
What is the hiring timeline for WAVA?
Students can enroll up through February each school year. Hiring is determined solely on need as driven by enrollment, so hiring occurs year-round. Students must re-enroll yearly, and because of this the summertime hiring is slightly more delayed than in a brick-and-mortar school. We typically interview and hire staff during the months of June through August for the coming school year.
How competitive is the hiring process?
Many high quality candidates are interested in expanding their teaching experience to the online realm and WAVA receives hundreds of applicants every year. Our teaching staff is amazingly talented, highly motivated, and extremely dedicated to providing the best possible education we can for our students.