How It Works (9-12)
Work Completion Expectation
Focusing on student learning and academic growth is paramount at Tumwater Virtual Academy (TVA). While desiring to offer flexibility in our high school program, we must also have accountability to offer every opportunity for student success. With this in mind, students need to recognize the importance of classroom pacing and published due dates and will need to complete their work based on those dates.
High School is a semester-based approach where due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success. Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous “Class Connect” sessions, along with completing coursework, will also assist with student success. We encourage students to follow their class schedule pacing, which is designed to help them succeed.
Tumwater Virtual Academy is committed to providing an atmosphere which values truth, integrity, personal accountability, and respect for the rights of others. Especially while working virtually, there can be such a fine line between a student’s OWN work, and plagiarism. Academic dishonesty occurs when students obtain or assist others in obtaining credit for work which is not their own. K12 uses Turnitin, a filter for assignments that can detect when an assignment has been copied from internet sources or turned in to the K12 system in the past. When presented with an assignment that may not be credited to the student turning it in; staff will reach out to the student and family. Students can (and should) re-do the assignment using their own work. If the student continues to engage in academic dishonesty, TVA administration will reach out to the student and family to formulate a plan to move forward with TVA.
At the high school, students may dual enroll to take some of their courses at their neighborhood school. It is very common for a student to take band or choir at their neighborhood school but dual enrollment is not limited to those options.
Each student is assigned a Chromebook to use. Quality K12/Fuel Ed curriculum and materials are shipped to the student’s house for each course.
Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to email on a daily basis.
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 re 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.
TVA students must comply with all Washington-mandated testing requirements.