How Online Elementary School Works

The California Virtual Academies are tuition-free online public schools that use the Stride K12 curriculum, which is accessed online as well as through more traditional methods. Educational materials are delivered right to the family's doorstep, including textbooks and tools such as protractors, magnets, and paintbrushes.*

CAVA students in grades K–5 take courses in all core subjects—English/language arts, math, science, history, and art—as well as self-guided elective courses in world languages, or music. Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, which caters to a wide variety of learning styles. Unit and course assessments are built in to each subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.

Parent/Learning Coach

CAVA schools provide a dedicated support system to parents and students. In grades TK–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.

Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for the success of the student, but the level of involvement may vary per child and by grade level. The initial four–eight weeks can be intensive, as families settle in to a routine.

• Grades TK–2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical, and approximately 10–15 percent of this time is spent online.
• Grades 3–5: Students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80 percent of school time, and approximately 15–25 percent of this time is spent online.

Working with Your Teacher

Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions titled "Class Connects." It is expected that students attend and meet with teachers to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. These sessions vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.


Attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. K–5 students are expected to spend approximately four–seven hours on schoolwork per school day.

• Grades TK–2: Estimate approximately four–five hours of productive school work five days per week
• Grades 3–5: Estimate approximately five–seven hours of effective school work five days per week

Mastering Lessons

Students in grades K–5 are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80 percent or better on all lesson assessments. If a student is finding it difficult to master a lesson, the Learning Coach must contact his or her student's homeroom teacher. Teachers offer many support sessions to assist all of their students.

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