How It Works

How Online Elementary School Works

Who can attend?

The West Virginia Virtual Academy (WVVA) elementary school program serves students in grades K–5 who reside in West Virginia.

What are the costs?

Because WVVA is part of the public school system, it’s tuition-free. We provide West Virginia-certified teachers and instructional materials.* Our enrollment consultants can help address your technology and computer questions and needs.

What’s my role as a parent?

As a parent, you (or another responsible adult you choose) serve as your child’s Learning Coach. You’ll work with your child’s teacher to help record student attendance, monitor mastery of online lessons and assessments, and review student work.

Parent/Learning Coach involvement is vital to your child’s success, especially at the elementary level. The typical Learning Coach time commitment in grades K–5 is 4 to 6 hours a day. The first 4–8 weeks can be intensive as your family establishes a routine. However, West Virginia Virtual Academy provides a dedicated support system to our families, so you don’t have to do it alone.

Grades K–2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical, and approximately 30–40% of this time is online.

Students begin to have increased independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80% of school time, and approximately 50–60% of this time is spent online.

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What will my child study?

Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, catering to a wide variety of learning styles. Unit and course assessments are built into each subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.

K–5th graders take courses in the core subjects listed below. Beginning in grade 3, they also take a self-guided music or world language elective course.

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Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous “Class Connects” sessions. Students are expected to attend all required Class Connects and meet with their teacher to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. Class Connects vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.

In the elementary grades, students are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80% or better on all lesson assessments. If your child has difficulty mastering a lesson, let their homeroom teacher know as soon as possible. Teachers offer many support sessions to help students learn new concepts.

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*Course materials vary by course. Please check with West Virginia Virtual Academy staff to see what offline course materials are provided.