What is BVA?
Bethel Virtual Academy is a K-12 online program, taught by Bethel School District’s certificated teachers. The majority of the students attending BVA will be considered full-time students, however students enrolled in Running Start or Pierce County Skill Center can take the classes they need outside those programs with BVA.
BVA is split into two categories – K-5, and 6-12 to better meet the unique needs of each group.
What does it mean to be a full-time online student with BVA?
Students in grades 9-12 should plan on approximately 70 minutes per class per day devoted to school work and will take 5 classes per trimester for a total of 28 hours per week. Students in grades 6-8 should plan on approximately 60 minutes per class per day devoted to school work and will take 6 classes per trimester for a total of 28 hours per week. Students in grades K-5 should plan on approximately 330 minutes per day devoted to school work in a variety of subject areas for a total of 28 hours per week.
Each student will have a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), and is expected to progress on pace with that plan, students are required to engage in Weekly Academic Contact (WAC’s) with their teachers. Teachers will provide Monthly Academic Progress (MAP’s). Students may at any time reach out to teachers to schedule a time for intervention 1 on 1.
Students can expect to work with their teachers in a variety of ways, similar to in person instruction. Some examples: 1 on 1 virtual feedback on assignments, recorded video instruction, or small group instruction.
Taking courses through BVA is an option and a privilege. Students who are consistently not making WAC, satisfactory MAP, or who have not had any contact with the school or their teacher for 20 consecutive days, may be unenrolled and transferred back to their “home” school. Students will be checked out a district iPad to access their online classes if they do not already have one checked out to them.
If you would like your son or daughter to attend school this fall at the Bethel Virtual Academy, please complete this form. Once completed, staff will reach out to you in late July/early August with more information.
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How will the Bethel Virtual Academy work for elementary students?
The Bethel Elementary Virtual Academy is designed for any family seeking a self-paced and highly independent learning experience. BVA students access learning through recorded lessons, learning support materials, and an instructional schedule set by the teacher.The BVA uses our adopted elementary curricula to guide the independent learning progression for each student.
Parents play a critical role and must commit through a formal agreement to provide continuous support as their student’s BVA learning coach. Students are asked to maintain enrollment; however, there will be pre-established transition dates for families that wish to re-enroll at their home school.
The BVA schedule follows Washington State’s Alternative Learning Experience guidelines, including a requirement for 333 minutes of daily student engagement. Students will have an assigned certified teacher to manage and monitor their independent learning plan.
If the Bethel Virtual Academy’s unique and highly independent design is not a fit for your student or family, your home school will be offering a remote program with more teacher guidance. Please email Chris Brauer, Elementary BVA administrator, for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: If I sign up for BVA, will I lose my spot at Elk Plain?
A: We are working on a model for Elk Pain that would allow parents wishing to take advantage of the Bethel Virtual Academy to still retain their seat at Elk Plain once school is back to normal. The logistics involved with this decision have a number of moving parts, so we will follow-up with parents in early August as to what this will look like. Please feel free to make the best decision for your child and family without the concern associated with reapplying for a spot at Elk Plain.
Q: I completed the form for BVA. Am I signed up?
A: The form we are currently collecting is to inform us of your intent to register for BVA. It is helping us get a student count, and from what grade level/buildings students may be moving from. However our full registration process will happen in August, and we will reach out to everyone who filled out the form to get the detailed registration information we will need.
Students enrolled in BVA will need to complete the entire quarter (elementary) or trimester (secondary) of learning. If at the end of a quarter/trimester a parent wants to return their student to their home school, space availability will be determined prior to them being moved. As soon as space is available, a student would be allowed to return to their home school.
Q: How will BVA work for students with IEPs?
A: Just like our brick and mortar schools, we will have special education teachers to monitor and be case managers for specially designed instruction for students with IEPs.
Q: Will students keep the teachers they were given for the upcoming school year?
A: Students enrolling in BVA will be assigned teachers that are on the BVA staff, so they would not have the same teachers they may be assigned to currently.
Q: Will their home school principal be the principal for the online schooling?
A: No, the BVA will have its own administrators.
Q: Will the students be given the technology needed for the schooling?
A: Currently every student in the Bethel School district has an iPad, and that will continue for BVA. We are also looking into what other technology needs our students might need to be successful for 100% online learning.
Q: Can BVA students attend school for extracurricular activities?
A: Yes, a BVA student will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities in their home school.
Q: If I enroll my student in BVA, does the school provide everything my student needs to learn or will I need to be the one that has to plan what to teach her?
A: The answer to this question differs based on the age of the students. A secondary student will need the support of their parent/guardian to help them establish a routine for school and monitor their engagement. However, teachers will provide all the instruction necessary for a student to excel. An online curriculum (that is currently being used in established online schools in the state) is being purchased and will support the work of the student and teacher.
At the elementary level, younger students will need to work in partnership with their parents. A classroom teacher will be available and providing instruction for the student and parent. A kindergarten student will need a great deal of parent involvement to be successful in BVA. The need for parent involvement will decrease for older elementary students.
Have a question that's not listed here? Please email:
Chris Brauer, Elementary BVA administrator
Middle and High School Students
Sara Nollette, Secondary BVA administrator