California Virtual Academies
|California Virtual Academies|
2360 Shasta Way, Unit A|
Simi Valley, California 93065
|Type||Virtual charter school|
|Executive Director||Katrina Abston|
|Head of school||April Warren|
|Grades||Kindergarten – 12th grade|
California Virtual Academies (CAVA) are nine virtual charter schools with business agreements with the curriculum-provider K12 Inc. The nine virtual charter schools are CAVA@Fresno, CAVA@Kings, CAVA@Los Angeles, CAVA@Maricopa, CAVA@San Diego, CAVA@San Joaquin, CAVA@San Mateo, CAVA@Sonoma, and CAVA@Sutter.
Although all public charter schools are nonprofit organizations, they are affiliated with a for-profit company, K12 Inc. Each of the nine academies has its own independent board of directors. Each of the California Virtual Academies follow the educational principles of E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
Each student of the California Virtual Academies is assigned to a California-credentialed homeroom teacher with 30–35 students each. The academies, like most K12 Inc.-supplied schools, loan the student textbooks, materials, and a computer so the student can access online lessons.
Classification and accreditation
Each of the California Virtual Academies is considered a public cyber charter school, not a home school. Each of the California Virtual Academies is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and each of the California Virtual Academies must meet the requirements of the ACS.
Most courses are approved by the University of California as meeting its a-g high school requirements. As of 2017, some of the laboratory science and art courses are acknowledged as meeting the University of California requirements because they add physical meeting locations to meet the in-person instructional requirements. Minimum attendance days, physical fitness, and participation in state tests is required.
- Hendrie, Caroline (January 15, 2003). "Calif. Charter-Funding Fight Hits Home". Education Week.
- Abston, Katrina. "Letter from our Executive Director". California Virtual Academies. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- "Administrators". California Virtual Academies. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- "Our Governing Board". California Virtual Academies. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
- Henson, David (November 17, 2004). "Virtual academics". The Reporter (Vacaville, California).