How It Works

How Online Elementary School Works


Because AZVA is a public charter school program, it’s tuition-free. We provide Arizona-certified teachers and instructional materials. Families are responsible for providing some common household materials (such as printer ink and paper).

Who can attend?

The Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) elementary program serves students in grades K–5 who reside in the state of Arizona.

What is 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 3–5 is 4–6 hours a day. The initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as your family settles into a routine.

Students in grades 3–5 have some independence, but parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80 percent of school time and approximately 15–25 percent of this time is online.

What’s my role as a parent?

Parents serve as their child’s Learning Coach. As a Learning Coach, you will

  • Communicate progress with your child’s teacher
  • Monitor mastery of lessons and assessments
  • Review your child’s work
  • Record attendance

What will my child study?

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

Students in grades 3–5 take courses in the core subjects listed below, as well as a self-guided elective course in music or a world language.






Mastering Lessons

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

Working with Your Teacher

Students work with their teachers and other classmates during “Class Connect” sessions. In “Class Connect” sessions, students

  • Receive live instruction from teachers
  • Interact with classmates
  • Ask questions and receive real-time support

Students can interact with their teachers and classmates by

  • Typing in the chat
  • Speaking over their microphone
  • Typing and drawing with online whiteboard features
  • Joining small group breakouts to work on projects or receive targeted instruction

Time Commitment

K–5 students are expected to spend between 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day, including both online and offline work.

Grades TK–2

  • 4–5 hours daily
  • 30-40% online

Grades 3–5

  • 5–7 hours daily
  • 50-60% online

State Testing

AZVA students must comply with all Arizona-mandated testing requirements.

A Day in the Life of Online Students

Want to learn more about the daily life of an online elementary student? Meet Micah and Sarai!

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