How It Works (K-5)
Tumwater Virtual Academy (TVA) students in grades K-5 take courses in all core subjects – English/language arts, math, science, history, social studies, and may choose to take an elective course in art, music, PE or world languages. 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.
Each student is assigned a Chromebook to use. Students may use appropriate personal technology. Quality K12/Fuel Ed curriculum and materials are shipped to the student’s house for each course.
TVA provides a dedicated support system to 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.
Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for the success of the student but the level of involvement may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4-8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine.
- Grades K-2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical with a DAILY time commitment of 3-6 hours.
- Grades 3-5: Students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential with a DAILY time commitment of 3-6 hours.
Working with Your Teacher
Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions called, “Class Connects.” It is expected that students attend and meet with teacher to receive course assistance, tutoring and instruction. These sessions vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.
For the 20-21 School Year, 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 4-7 hours on schoolwork per day.
As of the 21-22 School Year, TVA will be an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) school. ALE is public education where some or all of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom. Washington State ALE rules require that students maintain weekly contact and progress, in accordance with their Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), to remain in good standing. If a student has 20 days of no contact and progress, intervention and/or a drop from the student’s online course is required.
Student in grades K-5 are required to show mastery of each lesson. 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.
TVA students comply with all Washington-mandated testing requirements.