The school is advertised as an alternative to public schooling with individualized learning plans for struggling students. What they DO NOT tell you is that there is NO individualization of their extremely advanced curriculum, and if you have a child that is struggling be prepared for an even bigger struggle. The curriculum is the same for every student, and is extremely advanced compared to standard public schooling. The daily work is a minimum of 8-10 hours a day, so it is also not possible to do schooling on your own time. My child is now having to repeat her grade back in a public school because they didn't teach her any of the foundational skills to thrive in future years. I am highly disappointed in CAVA.
CAVA @ Los Angeles has been a great experience for my son and our family. It does take a little getting used to at first but it's fairly easy to get help and feedback. My son is in his third year at CAVA, and the change in him has been remarkable. He used to hate school because it moved too slow for him and took all day. Now, he's excited to learn because the classes move at his pace.
This school is overrated! Do NOT waste your time. Find another online school. Do your research to prevent a horrible semester of...well read on. I am sure they might have one or two great teachers however, our experience has been with an incompetent, arrogant poor excuse of an educator. CAVA backs their co-workers no matter what. They do not play fair when it comes to taking responsibility for their actions and they are very catty. School operates with 90% female staff. They take more than a month to request school records which prompts children being marked truant at their old schools. They are slow to resolve issues. And they gossip among each other a lot about any issue that you bring up against them which prompts for intimidation. They stick together. The curriculum is for advanced students but not all students keep up at the same pace. If the students falls off track the school will harass you all around the clock because they have a "reputation" of to keep. Nothing they do is in the best interest of the students. Avoid them at all cost!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.