The California Virtual Academies use the K¹² curriculum to offer California students in grades K-12 an exceptional learning experience. With individualized learning approaches, the California Virtual Academies and K¹² provide the tools kids need to succeed—in school and beyond.
Here’s why California families have chosen the California Virtual Academies for their kids:
• Our experienced, California-credentialed teachers, who are available online, by phone, and during face-to-face meetings.
• The individualized, engaging K¹² curriculum, which covers both the core subject areas and electives. Based on decades of education research, this curriculum packages high-quality lessons with mastery-based assessments that ensure students achieve success at each and every level. Find out more about K¹².
• The online planning and assessment tools, resources, and hands-on materials ranging from textbooks to microscopes, rocks and dirt to beautifully illustrated classic children's stories, and much more.
• Our active, supportive school community, which organizes fun and informative monthly activities where CAVA parents, students, and staff share their successes, helpful hints, and more.
• The high-quality, tuition-free public education that enables a learning experience that is individualized for each child.
• We're fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for all academies, grades K-12.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program. These books and materials are sent to students directly. High school students receive fewer books and materials than elementary and middle school students. Do you provide curriculum for special needs children?
Depending on a child's IEP, we can tailor our curriculum to meet your needs. To discuss your child's needs with us, call toll-free 866.339.6790.
Who is eligible for the California Virtual Academies?
Each California Virtual Academy is an autonomous school authorized by the district hosting the school and that can enroll students living in the school's home county or adjoining counties. Check our website to see our website for a list of districts.
How many of my children can I enroll in a California Virtual Academy?
Because the California Virtual Academies provide all the lesson plans and materials needed for K-12, many parents find it easy to enroll multiple children in the program. We currently have families with as many as five children in the program being guided by one learning coach in conjunction with the support of California Virtual Academies' teachers.
What does it cost to attend the California Virtual Academies?
Because CAVA is a public charter school program, there is no tuition. The California Virtual Academies loan students a computer system and provide all instructional materials for the program. However, students and families will be responsible for providing some consumable materials (such as printer ink and paper).
What is the attendance policy?
CAVA works with families toward a positive attendance record to meet their 180 days of required instruction during the school year.
Can I take a vacation during the school year?
The school calendar includes school "holidays" or vacation time. Whenever possible, family vacations should align with school vacation days. If a student skips a day during the week, he or she will be marked absent. Vacation is not an approved reason for absence in the state of California.
Parents can apply for "Educational Leave of Absences" during the school year. Requests must be submitted to the school administration 10 days before the absence. Leave will be approved based upon consistent student progress and attendance. No educational leave will be granted during any of the testing windows for state-mandated testing.
What tests are required as part of the program?
K¹² lesson, unit, and semester assessments
STAR (Grades 2-11)
CST Written Composition (Grades 4 and 7)
Physical Fitness Test (Grades 5, 7, and 9)
CAHSEE (Grades 10-12)
Do I need to own a computer to attend?
Yes. Each family will be required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications necessary to access the K¹² Online School (OLS). Families must also have Internet access in order to participate in the school. CAVA may loan a computer to an enrolling family. This determination will take place during the enrollment process.
What computer skills are required?
The teaching adult needs to have at least basic computer skills. Use of the computer is an important part of the program, but in the early grades, it is mostly the parent (or other responsible adult) who interacts with the computer. The program is user-friendly. High school students are most successful if they have basic computer skills.