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I am looking into joining this in the fall. Can anyone offer me some insights to how this works? I will have four kids to enroll.<br><br>
Here's a few questions off the top of my head.<br><br><br>
How strenous is the workload/reporting?<br>
Someone mentioned signing up as 99%--what does that mean exactly?<br>
If I get classes for my kids in another town will they cover any gas expenses?<br>
Can I use curriculum I have already at home--or will I need to use something they purchase for me?<br><br>
I'd love to hear of others experience with cva, pros/cons etc.<br><br>
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Hi Dain,<br>
I know there are others here who are actually enrolled with CVA. We're on the waiting list for fall- I was told they'll be opening up a bunch of slots to start at the beginning of February.<br>
We will be enrolled at 99%- that means you're officially a home schooler, not a public school student, and you get somewhere @ $50 less for each "point" less than 100% you're enrolled. Your kids wouldn't have to take the WASL unless they were enrolled at 100%.<br>
The workload is 20-25 hours a week of school for 1st grade and up, but that includes anything you have in your educational plan (dance class, etc.). There is a weekly phone call or email between the child and supervising teacher (depending on what you decide with that teacher) that seems to be a pretty quick check-in, and the parent sends in a monthly email report of attendance and progress, which I hear is also very quick; not a super detailed thing.<br>
Mileage is covered, I believe.<br>
It seems that you can use whatever you want- if you want to use your student fund to pay for curriculum the componenets have to be approved and fit within the state guidelines for public funds (nothing religious, I think, except what would fit in a public school comparative religion class).<br>
The woman I talked to was very helpful and took lots of time to answer my questions and give examples of what other people decide, and really made me feel that CVA is committed to standing back and letting parents make the decisions. Give them an email!
 

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What is CVA exactly? I'm in WA too but new to all of this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mama-aya thanks for the info. I'm must admit I'm a little disappointed to hear you're on a waiting list 'til February! When did you sign up with them?<br><br>
You mentioned only using secular curriculum--if they are buying it. Do you know if they have any regulations about using religious materials in the schooling?<br><br>
Thanks for your input!<br><br>
Hi DocsNemesis -- CVA is short for Columbia Virtual Academy--I'm new to "all of this" too! We officially started homeschooling in December and then January of this year. I have an 11,9,7,6,2, and am due the end of August. I get tired just typing that out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hmm- I can't remember when we signed up exactly. Sometime at the end of May. I was told they would start admitting students after June 15, then add a few each month until Feb, when they'd have a whole new block open for students. It seems popular for good reason though; all of the reviews I've heard are generally pleasing.<br>
The teacher that I spoke with said using religious curriculum was not a problem- just having the school pay for it was. That seemed fair to me. She also said some people know that they want to devote a lot of time to religious studies specifically, and that some will sign up at 85% or so, to make their hourly requirements less. Of course they also receive less $.
 

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<a href="http://75.125.60.2/~columb11/index.php" target="_blank">http://75.125.60.2/~columb11/index.php</a><br>
We just we finished up our first year with CVA. I have been homeschooling for a while and had to come up with the money all by myself so this has been nice. I used the money for my kids dance classes. We are only 99% as I am not going to give up my HS status nor do I want the kids to WASL.<br><br>
You can use any curriculum you want. They will only pay for secular materials. That's why I decided to buckle and go through a VA because CVA will let me choose what I want for my kids. I think they cover gas expenses for field trips but I never used it for that so am not sure.<br><br>
The "weekly check-in" is so easy. The teacher emails the kids. I type for my 2nd grader but she does answer the question. The weekly contact consists of 2 or 3 questions. The 1st one is something like "what did you do in math this week?" and the next questions are something like "what is your favorite snack?". They change every week.<br><br>
I have to say I like it enough to have signed up for a 2nd year. and did my pre-order already for the next year. When I was paying for it myself, I would spend $150 for all 3 kids at Rainbow Resource. My pre-order for next year, with CVA funds, was $600, and I plan to order more stuff in the fall. I plan to order toner for my printer with that money.<br><br>
You should join their Yahoo group for more info: <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/columbiavirtualacademy/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/columbiavirtualacademy/</a>
 

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I finished my first year with CVA and we are going back in the fall.<br><br>
It's a great program for a secular schooly-schooler like me. Religious teaching is not supposed to be used to fill teaching hours. There was a BIG debate on it on the yahoo group a few months ago- worth reading. It's all about " the public dime and the public time". Like a PP said, anything in the learning plan counts- feild trips, dance class, etc.<br>
It's not much time for the $ given, well worth it to me.
 

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Thanks for the insights everyone. It looks like I'm having a conference call with them Friday am. If anyone has any more questions they'd like me to ask--just let me know.<br><br>
mama-aya--<br><br>
I am really hoping you get in before February--mainly for my own selfish reasons <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">, but waiting it out is never fun when you know what you want.<br><br>
Hillbilly--<br><br>
I love that you posted what questions--that sounds nice and low-pressure. I have one child in particular that I worry about pressure with--she tends to shut down when she feels pressured.<br><br>
You mentioned spending $150 with Rainbow--and $600 with CVA. Is that because you're getting significantly more materials or because their prices are higher?<br><br>
I think I will have to check out the yahoo group--if only to search the archives. Thanks<br><br>
BurgundyElephant--<br><br>
I think, depending on the percentage you enroll at--you get anywhere from $400-$1200 per child per year. The money would come from the state--as they are a school we would be enrolling at. So, they'd be getting $x.xx and pass along the other $x.xx to us. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong guys!<br><br>
Warriorprincess--<br><br>
Thanks for your thoughts--it sounds like I need to ask specifically about using religious materials in Friday's conference. (As much as I consider myself a religious person--I don't think it's going to be a big factor for us. Basically, I am wondering if 15 minutes of scripture reading will count toward...um, reading. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Plus my 6 year old loves to copywrite--and uses her scriptures sometimes for that.)<br><br>
You also mentioned field trips--are those fairly easy to schedule? Do you need to give x amount of notice or anything/wait for approval?<br><br>
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I ordered from Rainbow Resource both times. When I pay for it myself, I spend only $150 to get the free shipping. I ordered from Rainbow Resource again but this time CVA pays them so I'm able to spend more money.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I ordered from Rainbow Resource both times. When I pay for it myself, I spend only $150 to get the free shipping. I ordered from Rainbow Resource again but this time CVA pays them so I'm able to spend more money.</div>
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oh, fabulous! So, do they care where you order from? Are you reimbursed--or do you put in an order through them? Probably a nit-picky question...just curious.<br><br>
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You can use whatever curriculum you like but religious materials cannot be bought with state funds or used to count for your required hours. We had two slots but decided several months ago that its not worth the money. Nak or i would add more... There are several threads in the tribal areas but you'd have to search and I think its still down.
 
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