How Online School Works

The nine California Virtual Academies use online curriculum and services provided by Stride 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 use the Stride K12 high school program. Whether targeting a top-tier, four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, each of the academies prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through Stride K12-powered high school.

Credentialed Teachers, Quality 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 email, 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), shipped to each family’s home. 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 California Virtual Academies also provide an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K–5, 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 middle and high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students led by a teacher. However, “learning coaches”/parents should be actively involved at all grade levels. 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.

Personalized Learning, Public School Accountability

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

*Course materials vary by course and school. Please check with your school about offline course materials.