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K-12
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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 2,200

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2601 South 35th Street, Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98409

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(877) 900-5602
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September 08, 2014
WAVA K-12 is a wonderful online public school. I have been home schooling my 2 boys, Brady who is 16 and Ashton who is 11, for 6 years now. I decided to pull my boys from the regular brick and mortar school because the teacher to student ratio was 1 to 30. This was very unacceptable for my husband and me. After researching the many different options we chose WAVA K-12 due to the personal recommendations and the type of education they had to offer. This program is adaptable to every students need. Whether you are a head, behind, or right on track, this program will create a schedule that is meant specifically for your student s needs. My 16 year old son is advanced with his schooling. He has been able to use this program to advance and fulfill his specific career goals. He will be attending college full time which will allow him to get his A.A. Transfer degree and his High School diploma at the same time. This program is truly wonderful and I would encourage everyone to use this program for your home schooling needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
So far registration is a PAIN! Months we have been trying to get all of her paperwork straightened out. Call center gives you a new person to deal with each time we call... hopefully the attention will be better once she finally gets enrolled! Will update

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
My daughter just completed her first year with WAVA. She joined WAVA because she was learning nothing at our local school. Her initial testing showed she was below level. I am pleased to say she completed the year on the honor roll and with above average scores. Granted it was quite a bit of work for me as Learning Coach and registration is a pain, but I like the mastery based system. I will definitely be returning this fall.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
The registration can be difficult, but I found that this was due primarily to our local school district. My daughter attended WAVA from 4th-12th, graduating this year. She always found the system, requirements, teachers, and administration very easy to deal with. My daughter will be attending The University of Alabama this year. We never had a problem with the curriculum. It should also be noted without the testing WAVA participates in my daughter would never had been accepted into University at all. I would recommend WAVA to everyone I know!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
We started our journey with WAVA, almost 5-years ago. Back then it was a good alternative to brick-and-mortar public school. However, over the past 2-years it became more like a traditional public school. Requirements began to change, and they became ridiculously demanding and rigid! Further, I watched in disbelief, while WAVA began to implement Common Core curriculum. This was done on the sly, without ever informing parents. This year, announcements were made that further Common Core requirements and changes to State testing would be implemented - beginning with middle school. This was the last straw, and it was time for us to say good-bye. We will be transitioning to traditional home school, come fall.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
If I could give negative 1 star I would. This organization is horrific to deal with even during the enrollment process. I can't imagine what it would be like to enroll as a full time student. After 2 weeks of being on hold forever and never getting full answers to my questions, I withdrew our enrollment for my high schooler. This organization is misleading in saying you have a PAL or personal liason to work with you. They give you a national "PAL" line, and say a name of a consultant for whom you don't get a direct line. When you call, you are on hold for at least a half an hour to try to talk to someone, and when you do talk, it is to whomever answers the phone. They have scripts and are constantly wanting to talk the scripts and are afraid to give you direct lines to supervisors or anyone who has power to actually give answers. I would not recommend K12 or WAVA.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
Amazing school, it offers mastery of a subject and then moving forward onto the next learning opportunity. Teachers and parents are very supportive and help each other learn. It provides an chance for our kids to get an excellent education and still follow their dreams without the restriction of schedules. :)

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
Horrid. I agree with older reviews and we did this the entire 2012/13 school year. We wanted an online school that would teach my child and allow her to obtain a regular high school diploma at the end. She is currently a beginning jr high student. I did not want to homeschool following someone else's strict program with confusing recording, reporting, and even open ended grading required of me (I'm not a teacher!) They said parent supervision/involvement. They did not specify that I'd pretty much need to pretend to be a teacher in my own home as if I had a classroom of students. It was dry material. Boring. Not fluent. No teaching from the teachers. Absolutely a waste! I only hope she got credit for finishing the courses weeks after school was out because they messed up on enrollment, form approvals, lost forms, even refused our vaccination exemptions (we are in our own home!), and she couldn't even begin courses until late October! By then they never helped us catch up. Never adjusted the daily work. By the time I caught it and figured out how to just flipping change the courses assigned per day she had to do 15 plus 1hr assignments per day in order to hope to finish. Burn out.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
This is our 2nd year with WAVA. I read some of the reviews below and understand the workload is scary for the learning coach. I have to add though that I felt overwhelmed to begin with. As the year progressed however I realised that my son and I simply needed an organized system. This way we actually finished school a week early last year. He scored well in MSP and he is doing great this year. I am not a qualified teacher or academic person but seriously, if you are committed to your child's future, you can DO THIS!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
Not an online school, an online administrator. The "Learning Coach" is actually the teacher. Be prepared for many hours of teaching each day with weekends used to prep for the upcoming week. Very little room to deviate from the k12 daily plans. I homeschooled my older children for 13 years and have never been more exhausted then after one week of WAVA with one child. Be prepared to teach five classes a day as well as watch two hours of online gatherings a week. I do not see how a family could do it with more than one child.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2012
This will be our 3rd year with WAVA and we are grateful for the opportunity to have an option to Public School. What a wonderful program! It is a perfect fit for our grandchild (I am his learning coach). The program is very user-friendly and intuitive, and our grandson could not be happier. He is now relaxed and is making wonderful progress. I must also disagree with the comments below, regarding Christianity content. All "Religious" stories have been from a historical aspect and very diverse!

- submitted by a community member
December 23, 2011
I disagree with the comments made about the K12 curriculum being centered on Christianity. My second grader has had lessons as a WAVA student about the history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and early polytheistic religions. Whether you're religious or not, bible stories are woven into our modern culture. The lessons are presented only as stories, just as those about the Greek and Roman gods are. Maybe this parent skipped too many lessons or just has a particular sensitivity toward Christianity. WAVA is outstanding and the K12 curriculum is amazing. The workload is INSANE, but as the "learning coach" (teacher) you have the flexibility to decide which activities advance your child's understanding of the subjects and which do not. You do not have to do every activity within every lesson! Teachers will work with you through any struggles you have as long as you are committed to putting forth an honest effort (and that's NOT 2 hrs. per day!) and as long as you communicate. I highly recommend this program!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
WAVA has been a better alternative than putting our son in public schools, however expect heavy workloads in order to meet monthly goals. 5TH grade math can have 30-60 fraction story problems in one daily lesson. Too many!!! 5th Grade math has had many errors in it, especially the adaptive lessons, I have brought this to the attention of K-12, not fair to kids when the lesson is wrong and they give the correct answer and still get it wrong. K-12 must have been written by the Christian Coalition, many many many Bible stories, religion should be kept OUT of public schools!!! I just skip over all these, they have had no other religious stories from other religions, only christian ones so far. Skipped a whole week of bible stories in Lit.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2011
This is our second year with WAVA and it is the best thing we could have done for our child. Homeschool takes a huge amount of commitment from the parent. But it is well worth the effort. Our child has gone from failing in public school to testing off the charts. Just as public school is not for every student, WAVA is not for every child/parent. If you know how to manage your time, establish and reestablish priorities, don't get hung up on the little things then WAVA would be great for you. If not, then I don't recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
This was our 3rd year using WAVA and LOVE it!! For those who feel that the classes "take too much time" or are complaining that you have to be the teacher, well, i don't know what you think homeschooling is about, but you ARE the teacher (MOSTLY) and in the younger years especially, you will be the ones teaching the classes. The classes deffinatly are NOT "too long", they are perfect to get the information across to the children. You can't expect a lession in history for a typical kid to be in 5-10 minutes...But you can expect it to take about 30...my 3rd grader gets done with school in about 2-3 hours and my 7th in about 3 hrs a day. We have nothing but good things to say about the curriculum, materials and support. Depending on the year, more or less is online. In the younger years, more is hands on with workpages, and books and as they progress, there is more online interaction and more of the children working more independently but with adult supervison and as a resource for any issues/questions that arrise. I think a lot of people are "lazy" homeschoolers and feel they should be able to get school done in about an hour a day, thats not realistic. This is duable!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
This is my second year doing this and I have a 3rd and 5th grader. Although I never planned this for the longterm for my 5th grader, I've found the K12 curriuclum exhausting. For Language Arts, many of the 3rd party books they use are good. But the in-house developed K12 books are burdensome to use for both grades (teacher's guide for composition, grammar, and vocabulary combined into one fat book). Last year I used sinapore math (not k12's) and this year k12 introduced a new math curriculum. This has been time consuming because lessons and tests are online. We've enjoyed the history lessons, but they're often time-consuming, esp. at higher grades. They have teacher support, but IMO it's token and her role is purely administrative.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2010
The K12 curriculum is amazing, however, each of the year-long courses are crammed into the nine month public school academic year calendar. The progress goals dictated by WAVA are burdensome if you're working with more than one child. The quality of the learning experience is diminished by having to rush through the material in order to keep up with monthly goals. I was misled by the "learning coach" verbiage. These lessons require me to be a full time teacher (40+ hours per week)! There is very little flexibility because we're forced to adhere to the same public school academic calendar as far as weekly attendance. We enrolled in WAVA because we thought saving a few thousand dollars on the K12 curriculum would be worth all the hoop-jumping. It isn't, and we won't be returning to WAVA next year unless they provide a year-round option that makes the pace reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
Our experience with this school was horrendous. It look forever to get enrolled, and we had to re-fax information and wait past the date school started before my child could begin, . After beginning and doing the work, only then did we find out my child's previous school credits would not be accepted. We were not told this upfront so my child had to drop out and we had to rush out and find a home school curriculum at the last minute. It was very stressful and we felt they not only misled us, but took advantage of us. Also, one of the teachers was very hard to reach when my child needed to ask a question. All it all, it took a huge amount of our time, money sending faxes of the loads of paperwork required, and miscommunication with nearly everyone we dealt with, including the school counselor.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2010
WAVA's test scores are not really comparable because part-time students (home schoolers) are not required to take the WASL (now MSP). The state counts those students (even though they are not required to take the test) and gives them a score of zero! Don't trust test score statistics without looking into how they are derived!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2010
This is a very damaging school at the high school level. We live in a rural area where Internet access is sometimes down. WAVA gave us no means of catching up. My son spent an average of 8.5 hours a day, 6 days a year trying to succeed. Contacting teachers and administrators was always difficult and required hours of phone tag and being placed on hold. At the end of the year my son was about 2 weeks behind and was failed for the entire year. After repeating 9th grade my son had a GPA for the year of 3.40. But his Cumulative GPA was 1.864 due to the lost year at WAVA. This school had no business destroying a year of my child s life. He is still paying for my mistake of putting him in this school.

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February 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2009
WAVA, is an excellent school for my child. She has more one on one learning time. A much bigger quality social life. Her Lessons are at her personal level of education tailored just for the student. There is no more standing on cold bus stops in the dark morning hours. to get to an over crowded school were you hope your child can learn something ,or even get to finish lunch before loosing there seat in the over crowded lunch room. I wish online public school was an option sooner. It may be the new way to go to school and replace the brick and mortar schools all together.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
WAVA is terrific -- and has been an excellent fit both for our twelve-year-old son and for our family. This is our third year of enrollment with WAVA and we've loved all of the teachers we've had for each of those three years -- both for WAVA Middle School and for WAVA High School. The Middle School components we've been most pleased with have been the World History A and B and the fact that each of those courses has been paired with its chronological partner in WAVA/K12's World Art History curriculum. So smart and so natural a pairing -- yet we've not really ever encountered that in a brick and mortar school. Our son also really liked the Physical Science course offered by WAVA Middle School -- and took both Earth Science and Life Science prior to Physical Science.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Washington Virtual Academy has been serving our family for the past four years and we are so very happy to be able to offer my son this quality academis program. The materials are up to date and beautiful and the teachers are outstanding. My son may have dropped out if we did not have this option because of the crime and dysfunction currently in the brick and mortor schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
At the High School Level the curriculum is completely on-line so your student is in front of the computer for at least 6 hours. They advertise that the student can work at their own pace, but program is highly structured and sequential with little extra time for extra exploration. The teachers we worked with are great -- but as of 2009/2010 WAVA is still very unorganized with enrollment and re-enrollment. Students often are not able to start their lessons at start date of school -- either lessons not yet availalbe on-line or supplies not sent. This means your student will spend many nights, holidays, and weekends trying to catch up.... a recipe for burn-out. Not recommended.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
Our 3rd year with WAVA. Great program for struggling students (I have one) and for the gifted learner (I have 3). The gifted learner can motor through subjects as quick as they like and for the struggling student, they receive the greatest gift, more attention to areas they have problems understanding.

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February 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2008
The WAVA curriculum is much more in depth than anything my son worked on while in my son's previous brick and mortar school. His interest has definitely increased... he loves learning about the ancient Greeks, and Egyptians. He is in a Language Arts grade level that is more challenging than at his old school. He participates fully in all coursework and since we can work on our own time, we never have to rush through or skip parts of the lesson. I have had more contact with his teacher through WAVA than I ever had at his prior school. She is there for me and my son whenever we need her. I would highly recommend this option to any parent who wants to be more involved in their child's education or to parents that are less than satisfied with their child's current educational system. There are options! :)

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2008
Outstanding program for your children! They are more attentive than any other public school we've had our kids in, even setting up and then exceeding the 504 Plan requirements when the public schools continue to ignore them. (My child is in the local school 1/2 time)

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
Lack of teacher contact Lack of feedback poor user interface

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
My 7,3 and 1 grade students thrived in WAVA. Our teacher was Great! Everyone with WAVA was very helpful and nice. Glad as a parent I have this option for my kids. The work is very straight forward. My students enjoyed the subjects. I found the teachers guides helpful and imformative. Almost everything is provided for you (might need a few small things for art: straws paper bowls ect.)

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
We started WAVA in Feb, rather short notice, but everyone that helped us along the registration/enrollment process was fantastic! The curriculum is outstanding and our daughter is thriving! In the brick and mortar schools they teach to the middle which leaves some children behind and leaves other children wanting more and getting frustrated. WAVA was the best possible thing we have done for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 01, 2008
We started WAVA in November 2007 for our 7th grade son who has Tourette's Syndrome. We love the hands-on abilities that homeschooling provides and being able to customize his daily lessons and our own schedules to something that works for HIM, not for a school of hundreds of students. We like it so well that we started our 3rd grader at WAVA in January and he tells us daily, 'I can't believe how much I'm learning'! WAVA is wonderful!

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no rating January 08, 2008
WAVA has been an excellent learning source for my 11 yr old daughter. She is focused and has a provided daily plan, extended out through the year so she can see exactly where she is and what needs to be done. Her teacher is just a phone call away. It has been a joy working with WAVA and being involved in the learning process. I think my daughter will definately benefit from this experience. I wish they would've had this program when I was in school.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
My 4th grade son tested at 97% IQ plus has auditory processing disorder and Asperger's syndrome. He profits from the primarily visual presentation of material, online, books, worksheets, and can move rapidly through subjects without being bored. WAVA also allows our son to travel with parents to conferences out of state and vacations during public school dates. My son is no longer bullied and in tears. From making C's and D's in public school, he is now excelling!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
We love WAVA! The curriculumn is easy to follow and interesting to our daughter, age 11. The staff have been extremely helpful and a pleasure to speak with. Our daughter has some learning disabilities including dyslexia. To be able to work one on one with her with the curriculumm that is at her level and to be able to do it on our timeframe is a great asset. I enjoy teaching my child and also enjoy the content of the materials. We are having a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2007
Wava is great! As a parent I am grateful that there is a program like this. There are a few reasons why I like it so much. One reason is that it is easy to follow and another reason is that my daughter loves it. The academic programs that they provide are great and I like the fact that I can see what my child is learning. I enjoy working with my child and we are closer than ever. I also like the fact that we can choose our own schedule to complete assignments. Washington Virtual Academy is wonderful. I am grateful that their online school is available. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
We all love the Washington Virtual Academy. Our teacher is very helpful and supportive.The material is the best. I love spending time with the kids. We have a K, 1, 2 &5th grader, it is a challenge but they are very helpful.

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2601 South 35th Street, Suite 100, Tacoma, WA  98409
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