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K-12
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Simi Valley, CA
Students enrolled: 4,222

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2360 Shasta Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065

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(805) 581-0330
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September 21, 2014
My offspring is going here since the beginning of the school year, and I'm impressed how great this school is. I do want to point out that homeschooling may not be suitable for everyone, but the school offers great tools and offers all materials needed for home schooling. I can highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
CAVA is an excellent option for students. I am disappointed to read the misleading comments regarding college. I have two children who have graduated from CAVA-LA. One is enrolled at a private university in California. He was accepted to 6 of 7 colleges he applied to including U of O, CSU Chico and others. He is currently in his Junior year. My daughter left an excellent brick and mortar high school her senior year to graduate from CAVA and is now attending Sonoma State University. The downside of CAVA is if your child wants to go into Division I athletics. Do your research, take appropriate classes, begin to work freshman year to design college options...

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
My 6th grader finished his 1st year at CAVA middle school. I was very skeptical at first, but the program is great! You get all of the materials & help you need; the teachers are so nice, caring & helpful, & if you are a responsible parent, your child will learn. You do need to be organized. This is not for every student. It's a rigorous program -your child has to be responsible, honest & committed. I had 2 sons in public middle school & I can say that the lessons (esp Eng/Science) are at minimum at par with the public middle school in our nice area- a school state ranked at 9/10, w/API of 889 & CA Distinguished School. Furthermore, I rate the majority of CAVA's lessons, especially in History, Art & Math as above average compared to the aforementioned public school. My 6th grader learned so much academically, including leadership & was honored w/membership in National Junior Honor Society. Needless to say, I have allowed re-registration into CAVA for the next school year. This rating is only for Middle School. I hear that they still have a ways to go with respect to the High School, which is a shame. Nonetheless, my son is happy right now (and me too!) & bored no more w/school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
What a fantastic experience! After trying several different Independent Study options, CAVA was by far the best. Excellent curriculum, caring and helpful teachers and great online platform. I only wish I found the program sooner. Mrs. Villalobos is the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Cava in the last year has changed. The sixth grade curriculum is awful and they do not give the learning coaches (parents) the answers for tests so if child gets it wrong you do not even know what the correct answer is. The teacher should have the answers! Science is a joke, no text book, and the unit tests are treacherous (especially when you don't have answers as a parent). It was great but no longer. The management and leadership has dwindled also.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2014
CAVA @ Los Angeles is fantastic for 4th-8th grade. Younger kids would benefit from interaction & CAVA HS program has issues. That said, I wish I found it sooner. Son had 1st grade public & 2nd-6th in small private. I was worried his education suffered. I refused the idea of public middle school so gave CAVA a try. WOW! It was perfect. If focused on a subject, he stayed on it as long as he wanted. Here's where learning is different & knowledge is retained. He's strong in English so tested out of most of the work & concentrated on what he didn't. This keeps a child from getting bored, no needless repetition. Fly over what you know & more time for what needs to work on. The Scantron testing is great to see where help is needed & what the kid mastered allowing a more individualized program. I knew nothing about my son educationally until CAVA. No it's not for everyone & he DID NOT DO High School w/ CAVA because hated the mandatory online "group" classes. He went to HS for a year & at 15 to college. I think CAVA really gave him a chance to excel & me a chance to see he was learning. Now considering 4th grader with IEP. COMMON CORE next year in public? NO WAY

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2013
CAVA--San Joaquin. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS HIGH SCHOOL. This "school" does not inform parents upon enrollment that their child's courses will not get them into California state universities. We moved to CA from the east coast two months ago, enrolled our child in CAVA, and just discovered these requirements, on our own. We are now removing our child and enrolling in another school. And though our child has spent time earning all A's and A+'s at CAVA, our child now will start the year over so as to remove these useless classes from our child's transcript. If this school is representative of California's public schools, the system is a joke.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
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

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
CAVA saved my life. My kids used to attend a school with a very high API (940's). The teachers and administrators would bully my kids over ridiculous policies (like a dress code for 6-year olds) even though they earned straight A's! After we switched to CAVA, we can sleep until 10:00, my kids have fun, gain interest in so many different areas. My older one's math is even better than when she was in regular school because we are one-on-one, and i get to explain any questions she may have. The curriculum is excellent, and my kids (ages 8 and 10) learn Science, History, Art and Foreign Language in addition to Math and English. Many schools with high API's are unable to offer such a variety of coursework due to their focus on Math and English.They also provide materials to do science experiments at home, while many brick and mortar schools do not have the capacity to allow kids such hands on activities. One school we attended took a field trip to COSTCO and charged $5 (really.) Our field trips are to museums, zoos, wilderness areas, and observatories. It takes a lot of work to complete each year, and we make up every day we miss and often work on "vacation" days to do so.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I am very happy with CAVA. Although the curriculum is very rigorous, it still allows my student to work at his own pace. We can pick and choose how long to spend on a particular subject. I have had great teacher support and learning coach trainings.This program allows the flexibility for my son to focus on sports. The one on one mentoring has been exactly what my son needed. Homeschooling is not easy, but the rewards outweigh the challenges.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
your scool is a good school for my 21 year handeycape doter, she has sasers and brandamiges son it is better for her to work form home

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
We have two kids in the program and we all love it! Highly recommend. Everyone we have come into contact with has been very responsive and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2013
I have been repeatedly disappointed by some of the administrators and teachers at this school. It is very difficult to get an administrator to respond to an issue. When they do respond, the attitude is that of apathy. Your child is just a number so they can obtain government funding to continue on. I dread having any contact with the administration because you get shoved off to someone who has absolutely no idea what they are doing and will not take the time to provide you with the resource you need for help or the answer to your question. In fact, it takes an act of GOD to get your home address changed - a seemingly simple task. Apparently, not so much. Can't even get that lady to respond to my emails. Very unprofessional. My son does have a couple of amazing teachers. However, his current AP US History teacher could not be worse. He is horribly negative. I'm appalled he is allowed to continue teaching. This high school is not doing well with California state standards and is below average three years in a row. If you want to avoid headaches and actually want a decent education where your child can be inspired, go elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
My son was enrolled in a public school. He got A's and B's and one of my friends recommended cava to me and said it was an excellent program. ITS NOT . I enrolled my son (in the 10th Grade) he didn't start off fine. Cava is very unorganized. It is very hard to contact the teachers, understand the concepts and so on. Also for PE there isn;t much for him to do. My son was in football before CAVA and now what is he going to do? Run around in circles in the backyard? I can't afford to send him into a ymca league or anything like that. Their PE system is horrible. My son would get headaches from looking at the computer screen all day. He didn't get the help he needed and the teachers are very unreachable. My son got C's and D's that year and I was very disappointed. And I have to blame CAVA I really do not recommend this school to anyone and I regret ever enrolling my son into it. CAVA doesn't teach very well, has a poor curriculum and not to mention their own textbooks are horrible, and the teachers are very unreachable. I rate this a 1 out of 10 for me. That one year at CAVA will affect my son's life forever. He may not get into a college because of those grades at CAVA.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2012
We've been in CAVA for years now. We absolutely love it. There has a been a problem with my youngest not being able to read as fast as others at this age (grade 2), we are going to really accelerate over the summer with library materials and incentives. Everything else has been outstanding and we hope to continue in this environment for as long as possible.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
I like the curriculum and the online model. Unfortunately, though, CAVA represents itself as a college preparatory high school even though the majority of its high school courses are not on the University of California's a-g list of accepted courses. That means that kids graduating from CAVA will not likely be accepted at any UC (or Cal State) College.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
I LOVE CAVA!!! My son's school closed down at the end of last year, and I was going to be forced (due to availability) to send him to a school I didn't want to. A fellow Mom told me about K12 and the rest is history. The flexibility is fabulous, the curriculum is SO much better, and the mastery-based lessons are great. My son doesn't get bored, he can ask as many questions as occur to him, he loves his teachers, and I know how his day went. He gets P.E. credit for Ballet and Karate (he's not a sports fan) that he was taking anyway, and he can tailor his projects to his interests (and MY standards, not some dumbed-down PC revised version of education!) It's not for everyone, of course, but nothing is, and if you have an only child (like I do) you will probably want to find extra social events and activities to keep your child from getting lonely (I'm going to sign my son up for Cub Scouts.) But the rest more than makes up for a little research into local fun! And I LOVE that we can sleep in every day and save our bus money for fun...usually educational, too!...trips on our own. I'll probably send him back to traditional school for high school...unless he meets a CAVA girl first! =o)

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
We can not say enough great things about CAVA/K12. I wish i would have put my older 2 kids in it when they needed the one on one help, our 'home teacher' is awesome, if we have any questions, she's there. I've been able to see the damage that PUSD has done to my child and make positive adjustments. So sad that it has to come to this, and feel terrible for those who don't have the option of homeschooling due to work, but we are blessed to have such a wonderful community of parents/teachers who know and care about our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
My only regret is that I didn't put my oldest son in K12 sooner. He had several miserable years at LAUSD with abusive and unfair teachers. We have had tons of support when we need it from the K12 teachers and staff. The free materials are of the highest quality and the content is vast. I like that I can vary our schedule. We can do just Science one day and just math the next. It is very flexible to adapt to individual student's needs and learning styles. I now have 4 students enrolled in K12.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
What can be better than giving your child the one-on-one attention he or she needs? What can be better than discovering first hand their strengths and weaknesses as they learn? Schooling through CAVA can save a child suffering in traditional schools, where some children fall through the cracks. They support special needs with outside therapy and there are outside events and extra curricular activities offered regularly. The online and offline curriculum is fantastic. We have found our son has a passion for History and Science and our daughter, a confidence with Mathematics. Rather than being bullied at school on the playground, with monitors unwilling to take a moment to teach morals, your child can have lunch with friends like himself after a rec center nature class, because you finally have the freedom to design the day.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2010
This ia an amazing program! We are so happy to be a part of this school. Our family actually had good experiences with traditional schooling socially but our son was always so far ahead of the available course offereings, he was growing bored with the process. Because CAVA is mastery based, he is able to work at an acelerated pace and is doing VERY well! Although we did not plan to homeschool, we are having such a great experience that we have decided to enroll our daughter when she starts kindergarten next year...BRAVO!

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no rating May 01, 2010
CAVA@Los Angeles is the best! Our child is only in kindergarten and within 3 months of starting the program she learned how to read independently. She was bored when attending a traditional school. She was not being challenged. Now with CAVA, she gets to choose what subjects to study in any given order. She is more confident and she attends all the field trips. We have a great teacher that we can contact whenever we need help. CAVA is a great choice for homeschooling!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
My son was dealing with depression and wouldn't get up to go to school! I found CAVA and it was a blessing! Even though he didn't do all of his work, he got through to the next grade because of the compassionate teachers that guided us along the way. CAVA has an excellent program...if I can do it anyone can! THANK YOU CAVA!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2010
Both of my sons attend this school and are enjoying the most enriching, complete learning experience of their life. They are in middle school. One has a learning disability (high functioning autism) and one does not. I believe the curriculum seems so 'advanced' only because many of our brick and mortar schools today are able to teach so little with the existing state of funding and relatively short daily schedules. In addition, while the API score for this schools is admittedly low, I believe that is a reflection of the widely disparate motivational level of homeschooling families in general with respect to standardized testing. My sons earn very high scores on state standardized tests, but our family is very focused on the goal of higher education, so we spend time --using CAVA's wide variety of test prep resources--making sure that they are prepared to take their tests,

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
We decided to try CAVA after my daughter was assigned to an abusive third grade teacher in an otherwise excellent LAUSD school. We encouraged her to try to endure the experience, but she was so stressed out that she was losing weight. CAVA accepted us near the end of the first semester, which we greatly appreciated. Before discovering CAVA, I had considered homeschooling. I knew I could handle the teaching but worried about which books to use and how to cover all the state curriculum standards. CAVA handles all that for you. They provide a truly exceptional set of materials and an outstanding system of organization. Still, homeschooling isn't easy. It requires effort, perparation and diligence from the 'learning coach' as well as the student. I agree it is probably not for children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is rigorous and demanding if you follow the plan to the full extent.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2010
There are pros and cons of CAVA. Our son had some emotional and social issues and we used CAVA for all of 5th grade, then he wanted to try Middle School and by the second month of 7th grade we had returned to CAVA. The curriculum *is* advance, which may be good for a gifted student but much more challenging for a child who already has learning issues. The assigned teachers, as well as the day's scheduled lessons, spend about 30% of the time focusing on preparing for state tests (STAR). This, obviously, is for the school's benefit so they can keep their funding. However, it really does nothing to benefit your child. And, despite the many internet ads for K12 virtual schools that say your child can 'work at their own pace'....this really is not true.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Deciding to take my two children ages 9 and 16 out of the public school system was my best decision in my life. CAVA has been such a blessing for my children. The curriculum has been outstanding, my children are now being challenged everyday. No more just sitting in class reading a book and having no teacher interaction. My son has excelled and has a better outlook about school. His self esteem and confidence has improved.

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no rating September 17, 2009
i love my son's teacher-Mrs. Koboka! all the benefits of homeschooling, with the ease of public school. the materials are shipped right to your door free of cost! it is the best school i have ever heard of :)

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
It works beautifully for our needs.

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July 12, 2009
This is such a great school! We moved to Los Angeles to pursue my daughter's acting career, and it was the best decision we've ever made. The schools in our area are horrible, so we felt like we were at a dead end. Plus, with all of the auditions she goes on a week, there was no way regular schooling could ever be an option. CAVA allows her to work at her own pace, giving us the hours we need. If we need to go to an audition in the middle of the day, we can because we can pick up were we left off later, instead of losing valuble school time everytime she has an audition. I highly reccomend this school to all students who don't have the best schools in their area, or who are the parents of young actors and want to have your own schedule!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2009
Enrolling my beautiful 8 year old son in CAVA was the best choice I have ever made on anything in my life! If you are at home, or can be, DO IT! It boosts their self esteem if they are a child who has had difficulties in traditional school settings. They can go at their own pace, though, it is important to encourage, motivate and push when necessary. They are kids, right?! It is a fantastic program that is so much more entertaining, with audio History lessons, and hands on Science and Art projects! We LOVE it!! What a blessing! My son struggled with comprehension and being bullied. Not all teacher's are willing to support in the way they need. My son wants to review his progress and I can give him a pat on the back for his efforts. At the day's end, you know what they learned. DO IT! ~CDLTNLA

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2008
Finally, a school where my highly gifted son can work at his own pace and thrive. The curriculum is excellent, doesn't teach to the test, and is good for all learning styles. Our teacher is very supportive. There are tons of field trips you can attend throughout California, and community day (where we drop off our kids once a week for 'regular' schooling, but they're placed by ability, not age). We are so happy with CAVA.

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no rating September 11, 2008
My daughter has been in CAVA since it started its second year. My son just returned after trying public school for one year. Public school has so much lacking as far as the amount of time spent on any subject. They do a lot of recess and other activities which are good because they need the breaks, but as far as being able to control problem children, they fail to make the grade on that. I find that my children are learning so much more and the materials are more challenging. They also offer so many resources to help your child learn when they are having difficulty with a subject or particular area within that subject. Thank you CAVA!

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August 28, 2008
I feel so fortunate to be a parent who can be home to utilize CAVA. I have a daughter in the 8th grade and we ran out of options where we live. The schools are horrible. One school we did try that was supposed to be 'good' turned out to be just another failing public school where kids wore uniforms. CAVA is also a little more advanced. When we sent our daughter to this 'good' school the class was just beginning to study a history lesson that she had completed over a year ago. The same was true in English and Composition. The beauty of CAVA is that your child can go at their own pace. They are never held up by the traditional approach to teaching where everyone stays together and works on the same lessons. We highly recommend CAVA!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2008
After having been in a private independent study school for 5 years, then attending a 'high end' public magnet school in Camarillo for a short time, we realized we wanted to go back to 'independent study' due to the ridiculous amounts of homework for a 6th grader, extreme disciplinary actions for not finishing 'classwork', i.e. sitting in 'detention', etc. This type of 'socializaiton' was not befitting our extremely bright (Star scored as a senior in high school!) child. Therefore, we discovered CAVA and we enrolled a quarter into the year and love it! The curriculum is about 1-2 years ahead of the local public schools, it is both computer and book based, it offers great flexibility for middle schoolers who are in sports or other activities. CAVA is awesome! The field trips are great and teachers are dedicated and thorough! We will do all of middle school here!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
My daughter is in CAVA's VHS. The high school teachers have been excellent. The online explanations are excellent. The expectations for the students are high. I do wish that there were more CAVA-planned field trips/activities for the high school students. There were few ways for students to connect in person that were sponsored by CAVA. Also, CAVA needs to find a way to get their science courses-Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.-accepted by UC and other colleges. Perhaps they could have a once a month lab for students taking Biology, etc. that could be approved by UC schools?

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
This is a really good school. My son is in his second year here, and it has worked out great for him. He can do many activities during the week that he would never get to do if he were in a brick and mortar school.

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January 29, 2008
Great school if you are lucky enough to be assigned a great teacher and have a great support system

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no rating September 26, 2007
I have found CAVA to be an excellent option/solution. We did not set out to homeschool, but with some less than stellar experiences with traditional school settings, this has been a great option. It's the best of both worlds. I like that we can go at our own pace, we can do history all day if my son is into a part of history that interests him. But it is also set up in a traditional school manner from a practical delivery perspective. The program is delivered in a way that allows us to take the best of traditional school structure and replicate that in our day if we want to. Additonally, there is so much support from our homeroom teacher. I can contact him whenever we have difficulty or problems. We are more than prepared for the state tests. We socialize by attending after school programs and CAVA community days.

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At CAVA, we put extra effort into creating social and academic opportunities outside of the home, so students and their families can make friends and stay connected. In addition to ongoing in-person and online events, we offer the Community Day program for CAVA families, as well as parents to enjoy the best of two learning environments—a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and online learning—with the support of an entire community of students and their families, CAVA teachers and staff.

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(877) 900-5602
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