August 03, 2015
Like previous comments on this thread, CAVA presents themselves as a public school that can offer individualized learning plans for each student. However, that is all there is, an advertisement. When we started with CAVA four years ago, I loved it. The program was flexible, the teacher was there for us, gave us suggestions when we were struggling with subjects, and patient when my son was behind on some subjects. In fact during our first year when my son was struggling to finish art and science he was allowed to finish those subjects in the summer. Each child learns different subjects at different pace and I was so happy that a school finally understood that. They didn't force or expect children to fit into one mold. Fast forward four years later and I don't know what happen to CAVA. The curriculum is grueling and advance for its grade. In the beginning of the semester they send you an "individualized learning plan", only to realize its not very individual. All it is really are list of topics that they kids needs to finish by the end of the semester so they can earn their grade. There is nothing individualized about it. And if your child does not finish those topics and struggling with the subject, tough luck. He/she will earn an F and the teacher don't really care. Furthermore, if you miss just two days worth of attendance or miss the date on sending the sample work, you receive a phone call and an email right away until you correct the matter. But, and this is a big but, if you have a question for them, needed a response regarding classes, or have an issue with a subject your child is struggling with, don't expect a prompt response. It can take weeks before it is answered and by then its useless information. And when they do respond to your email sometimes they don't even address your questions. Highly annoying. So if your child is struggling at brick and mortar and you think this is a better option for your child, you better be ready to put in 10-12 hour days. This is fine if you don't have other children in the house, don't need to make dinner, do any household chores or have a life. On a brighter note, the curriculum rivals the best public schools in my area who has API of 900's or even better. Also K12 company has excellent customer service and tech support. Its the academic (i.e. teachers and administrators) is what prompted us to leave CAVA.
- submitted by a parent