How It Works

High School


Because CAVA is an independent public charter school program, it’s tuition-free. Enrolled families receive the K12 curriculum, and eligible families receive a loaner computer, printer, and internet stipend.

Who can attend?

The CAVA high school program serves students in grades 9–12 who reside in select counties.

What counties does CAVA serve?

CAVA serves students who reside in the following counties:

CalaverasColusaContra Costa
Los AngelesMaderaMarin
San BenitoSan BernardinoSan Diego
San FranciscoSan JoaquinSan Luis Obispo
San MateoSanta BarbaraSanta Clara
Santa CruzSolanoSonoma

What’s my role as a parent?

In middle school, students become more independent and take on more responsibility and ownership of their work. Parents continue to serve as their child’s Learning Coach to support their success. As a Learning Coach, you will

  • Help your child stay on track
  • Monitor completion of lessons and assessments
  • Communicate challenges with your child’s teacher as needed
Average time commitment per day for Learning Coaches

Working with Your Teacher

Students work with their teachers and other classmates during “Class Connect” sessions. In “Class Connect” sessions, students

  • Receive live instruction from teachers
  • Interact with classmates
  • Ask questions and receive real-time support

Students can interact with their teachers and classmates by

  • Typing in the chat
  • Speaking over their microphone
  • Typing and drawing with online whiteboard features
  • Joining small group breakouts to work on projects or receive targeted instruction

Expectations for Completing Schoolwork

The following expectations are in place for high schoolers to ensure students are progressing academically:

  • Students must earn a passing grade of 70% or above on assignments.
  • Students must meet the assigned due dates of lessons and assessments.
  • Students must attend live, teacher-led “Class Connect” sessions.
  • Students must complete online lessons and can work on these any time of day.

Attending “Class Connect” sessions and completing coursework according to the assigned pacing schedule will help your student be successful.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, teachers offer support or small group sessions to assist student learning.

Time Commitment

High school students are expected to spend 6 hours per course per week. A student who takes 5 courses and spends 6 hours per week on each one is devoting approximately 30 hours per week to their course work.

High School

  • 6 hours daily
  • Most work is online


Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails on a daily basis.

A Day in the Life of Online Students

Want to learn more about the daily life of an online middle school student? Meet Lily and Arianna!

Video Thumbnail