High School Curriculum
Courses Specifically Designed for High School Students
WAVA uses the K12 high school curriculum to serve our students in grades 9-12. The K12 online high school environment blends the best features of the company's world-renowned K-8 learning environment - the elegant and research-driven design, the compelling interactivity, the ease of use of both online and offline content - with key features designed to make the high school experience successful, given the far more complex high school world of content, skills, and time management.
A Robust Catalog of Courses Meets the Needs of Diverse Learners
The K12 High School Course Catalog is robust, offering more than 90 core, elective, and Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses. K12 Math, Language Arts, Science, and History courses are offered in multiple versions to meet the needs of diverse learners with diverse goals. Up to four levels of World Languages are offered as well. Students can chart their own course, choosing from among the four levels of courses to match their aptitude and goals.
Four Versions of Core Subjects
With the K12 high school curriculum, students can harness the power of individualized learning by choosing from the following four versions of Math, English, Science, and History courses:
- K12 Core courses are similar to the standard courses offered by many other programs. They meet all academic requirements for each course area both for graduation as well as for potential admission into a wide range of colleges.
- K12 Comprehensive courses are designed for students entering with a strong foundational knowledge and aptitude in the subject area being covered, as well as solid study skills.
- K12 Honors courses hold students to a greater degree of accountability, and demand even greater independence and self-discipline than their Comprehensive counterparts.
- K12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college-level courses that follow curriculum specified by the College Board. Like K12 Honors courses, AP courses require a greater degree of self-discipline for in-depth study of the subject.
High School Courses
Earn College Credit While in High School
Does your high school student want a head start on a college education? At Washington Virtual Academies, eligible students in grades 11 and 12 may take courses tuition-free (up to 15 credits) through the Running Start Program offered at local community colleges.
Participating students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, pass the COMPASS or ACCUPLACER test, and be recommended by a school Graduation Specialist. WAVA grants 0.5 credits per semester per class. Students pay for courses beyond 15 credits and pay for all books, materials and fees unless they have a fee waiver. Students may be eligible for a fee waiver if they are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
Washington Virtual Academies also offer a tuition-free concurrent enrollment program for eligible students in grades 11 and 12, called Tech Prep. This program allows students to take a college-level Technology or Business course through WAVA where they will receive high school and college credit.
Students must be enrolled in high schools (including alternative schools) and be enrolled and passing the WAVA HS class with a "B" or better. Tech Prep courses award credit as outlined by the CTE department. There are multiple Skill Centers located throughout the state. Students must apply directly to their local Skill Center and meet their entrance criteria.
Proven Pathways to a Chosen Career
At Washington Virtual Academies, your college or career-minded student can choose from a broad range of profession-focused courses for a competitive edge for the future, to discover his or her path after high school, or to explore a possible college major. These courses can provide a powerful introduction to fulfilling careers in Information Technology, Government and Public Administration, Marketing, Finance, Arts and Communication, and many more.
High school is a time to prepare for your future; your new beginning. At WAVA, we celebrate when students reach their goals—and earning a diploma is a big deal! Even though we’re an online school, we make sure to recognize this special milestone. Watch our video to see how we celebrated K12-powered 2020 graduates.