I just want to say for all of the people putting this school down...Online education is not for everyone. You are the learning coach...you just can't put your kid on a computer and think that's it. Its a a very dedicated job and it never stops. You are as a learning coach responsible for being proactive in engaging with your kids. This is a good school and if you look up the graduation rate of homeschooled kids its higher than Public school. Its a fact.
California Virtual academy @ San Diego is a joke. There is no real teaching involved! Unless you have a student who can teach themselves and is brilliant in EVERY subject. Don't waste your time. We are switching to public school after just one month of living in San Diego. If you notice, this school has a 4 star rating on here. I would give it a 0 if that was a option. Our "homeroom" teacher is a joke and is never available as a resource and never follows in a timely fashion. Like I said, very bad idea to use K12 CAVA. Will be spreading the word in hopes of preventing anyone else from choosing this terrible option.
Absolutely love it! best thing to have ever happened to my daughter and my family...
I LOVE that my Aspergian son has the choice of attending school in his own home, without the crowded hallways, loud classrooms, and bully-filled lunchrooms of a brick-and-mortar school!! The teachers he has had while in attendance at CAVA-SD have been knowledgeable, caring and always willing to help. My son will be graduating soon, and is ready to continue his education at a tech school for his chosen field, because he was allowed to learn at his own pace and in his own style.
We have our children in Lakeside Virtual Academy. We love the program, the CURRICULUM provided and our teacher.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO CAVA OR ANY OTHER ONLINE SCHOOL IF YOUR CHILD HAS GOALS TO ATTEND A UNIVERSITY STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT A-G APPROVED. FOR CA STUDENTS, CHECK DOORWAYS WHICH LIST SCHOOLS AND THEIR COURSES THAT ARE QUALIFIED FOR UC AND CSU SCHOOLS. MY SON TOOK BIOLOGY AND WORLD HISTORY. THESE COURSE ARE WASC ACCREIDTED AND GOOD FOR HIM TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL BUT NOT FOR A UNIVERSITY. ITS WORSE WITH INSIGHTS, THAT SCHOOL ISNT ON THE LIST PERIOD. CAVA AND OTHER ONLINE SCHOOL WORK GREAT FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADS ONLY. PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK MOM'S AND DAD'S. GOOD LUCK, MOM
The curriculum is well organized and provides you with very useful tools that include computer and offline work. I would recommend CAVA to anyone interested in changing to home schooling or who is not happy with their current program.
I was a student enrolled in the Spring Semester of 2011. The School's Lessons were organized really well. I love the flexibility of the school: I was able to do some homework on the weekends instead of during the week, and you can complete the school at whatever time during the day or night. You can contact the teachers on the weekends as well. The only thing I didn't really like was how my counselor wasn't all that helpful. But overall, I liked the school a lot, because I learned a lot and I because I was able to have a flexible schedule.
This was our first year with CAVA/K12 and I have to admit it was extremely stressful in the beginning, especially when we started a month into it. I definitely recommend to give yourself time to learn and understand the daily lesson plans & listen to all coaching videos, as well as all the other resources they offer. They don't expect you to follow it exactly as it is on the site, it's very flexible and very easy to follow once you get the hang of it. It seemed overwhelming for me since I had a 6th grader and a 4th grader to coach. However, as I mentioned, it was my 1st year ever homeschooling and we were a month behind! It's been such a great experience though and I have loved getting to know my children on another level! I would highly recommend all parents to spend a school year at home with their child, if possible. It's been such a great bonding experience that I will never forget!
We are beginning our 4th year. CAVA and K12 get better every year - more responsive, more efficient, more inventive. Our student had a D average in Jr High and it was only going to get worse as she gave up on school. She is now going into her Junior year of high school with CAVA as an honor student with two AP classes. She is college bound, and has a completely different outlook on life. One caution is that even with a high school student, an adult must be home to provide structure and guidance. It is not fair to expect a kid to make it all happen alone. CAVA's lower than fabulous test scores may reflect the number of students who are new to CAVA each year... my student's standardized test scores have made steady upward progress.
This school's cirriculum is second to none. The teacher are very easy to work with through technological means. The Community Day program for San Diego is really outstanding. The teacher instruction, enrichment, and pluralism is outstanding. If you are a parent that is very involved with your child's education then you will not be disappointed with this school.
My 5 y/o is just now completing K, and I am SUPER happy with the school. My little girl can name all seven continents and their countries, count by 2s, 5s, 10's and 100s, add & subtract, and is a fluent reader. The curriculum is the best I have seen and the teachers & staff are very supportive. I get a lot of questioning looks from friends when they ask about socializing the kids- not a problem at all! CAVA has tons of outings to choose from and because my daughter isn't so tired from being in a classroom all day, she gets to do other things she loves like piano lessons, ballet, tap, and soccer.
I am a former student at this school, and I loved it so much. I ended up moving to a great area of San Diego in seventh grade, and the school ended up being a nightmare. My mom enrolled me in this school and I learned so much and it was so fun. They send you all of the different materials you need for free. I got all these cool books and science kits to use throughout the year. I could learn at my own pace, and I had excellent grades. Although I am in eighth grade now and have since moved on and I am in regular school now, I would say this is the best school I've ever been in. I'm currently trying to get into the virtual academy for Pennsylvania.
CAVA is just excellent! I have put my daughter in 2 different CA distinguished schools, and homeschooled her during the transitional time. I can directly compare the difference of her learning in both Traditional Schooling and Homeschooling with CAVA and I can tell you... there is just...no comparison! I am a single mom, and not even a stay-at-home mom at that! But she is learning leaps and bounds in her subjects. Whereas a traditional school would teach her only 4 basic subjects, with CAVA, she learns Math, Language Arts (with 4 sub subjects) , History (+ State History), Science, Art, and she even has a Foreign Language course! She has friends she plays with after her homeschooling, so she has developed great socialization skills. With CAVA I feel I am giving her the best gifts... one of a GREAT EDUCATION, and second, the gift of MY TIME and ATTENTION.
We love CAVA. My daughter was in a traditional public school and bored silly. CAVA offered her subject acceleration and allows her to move through the curriculum as quickly as she needs. She is now very challenged, curious, learning, and happy. Its a great school.
I am completely impressed with CAVA. My son is in 1st grade but was bored in traditional public schools. He loves learning but wasn't learning anything in the traditional school setting. So we pulled him and enrolled in CAVA. He finishes his work for the day and wants to do more! There's no boundaries on how much he can learn in CAVA, he can advance when he is ready instead of waiting for everyone else. I plan to use CAVA for my other kids as soon as they are old enough.
This is our second year with CAVA. We love it. We would recommend this for any parent that stays at home with kids. The one on one that your child will get is all worth it. Why put them in a public or private school where they fall behind or get left behind due to an over sized classroom? We give CAVA and A+.
I love the K12 curriculm. It is much more advanced than ANY public school (even blue ribbon and distinguished schools.) In fact I pulled my kids out of a blue ribbon school. CAVA now offers 9th -12th grades.
The K12 curriculm is much more advance and interesting than what is offered at any public school (and we have 'blue ribbon' and 'distinguished' schools.) The teachers are professional and helpful.
I absolutely love that CAVA is available as an option to public school!! Their curriculum is much more advanced and challenging than what the public school's, even though they are a 'distinguished' school. I wish I would have known about CAVA earlier!
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