How It Works

The 10 independent California Virtual Academies use online curriculum and services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. For high school, California Virtual Academies uses the K12 high school program. Whether targeting a top-tier, 4-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, each of the 10 California Virtual Academies prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through K12 high school.

Credentialed Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools

At the California Virtual Academies, all students interact with one or more California-credentialed teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. Each California Virtual Academies family receives a loaner computer, subsidized Internet access upon request, and boxes of instructional materials, including a wide array of textbooks and hands-on tools and resources, depending on the student's grade level and classes. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject.

Extensive School Support System

The network of the 10 California Virtual Academies also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K–8, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a “learning coach” to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. At the high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. Each teacher is credentialed and trained in his or her specific subject area. In addition, monthly networking opportunities are provided through various events and outings, enabling the entire school community to keep in close contact.

Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability

In addition to providing individualized learning, as an online public school, the network of the 10 California Virtual Academies provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.