How It Works
Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. For Arizona residents, learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. And because we are a public school, there is no tuition.
AZVA uses the K12 high school program from K12, including high-quality, rigorous, research-based curriculum which includes five academic course levels (Foundations, Core, Comprehensive, Honors, AP) allowing students to individualize their experience based on their academic goals and needs. Whether targeting a top-tier, four-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, AZVA prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through K12 high school.
Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools
At AZVA, all students interact with one or more state-certified, Highly Qualified teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. All program materials are provided to complement the interactive online elements of the K12 program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject. In addition, families may be eligible to receive an Internet subsidy reimbursement at the end of the school year.
Extensive School Support System
AZVA also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K–8, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "learning coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. At the high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. Each teacher is state certified and trained in his or her specific subject area. In addition, monthly networking opportunities are provided through various events and outings, enabling the entire school community to keep in close contact.
Effective Learning, Public School Accountability
In addition to providing individualized learning, as an online public school AZVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.
Family Academic Support Team (FAST)
The Family Academic Support Team (FAST) empowers students to overcome challenges—be they academic, social, emotional, medical, or otherwise—to succeed in school and beyond. This holistic approach includes early intervention, support services, and linking families to school and community based resources. FAST members and teachers work with families to provide the extra help needed to enable students to stay motivated and on track.