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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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?
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.
Great school if you are lucky enough to be assigned a great teacher and have a great support system
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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