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Elementary FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is BVA?

A: Bethel Virtual Academy is a highly independent K-12 online program, taught by Bethel School District’s certificated teachers. BVA is tuition-free and is part of the Bethel School District. School schedules are flexible and ideal for demanding sports, health, discipline, job, and travel needs.

Q: What does it mean to be a full-time online student with BVA?

A: 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 1 on 1 support.

Students can expect the option to communicate with their teachers in a variety of ways. 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.

Q: How do I register for BVA?

A:  Please see the application page for details.

BVA application Page

Q: I completed the form for BVA. Am I signed up?

A: Please call our main office for information on your registration status. 

Phone: 253-800-3100


Q: How does BVA work for students with IEPs?

A: BVA is a highly independent and flexible online program. We have special education supports as a part of BVA, but the supports are different than what is available at your resident school. Parents who are concerned about the more self-directed aspects of BVA (even with limited IEP-related support) should highly consider remaining at their resident school. 

Q: Can BVA students attend school for extracurricular activities, sports, music classes, (band, orchestra, choir) and JROTC?

A:  Yes, a BVA student will be allowed to participate in these activities at their resident school as they are available.

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: Currently every student at BVA and in the Bethel School District is provided with an iPad with technical support as needed. Workbooks which correlate with the online curriculum are also provided, or students may annotate using their iPads.

At the elementary level, younger students will need to work in partnership with their parents. A classroom teacher will be available to provide instructional support 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.

Q: How do I withdraw my student/s from BVA and back to their neighborhood school?

A: The first step is to call the BVA office at 253-800-3100 or email and let the BVA registrar know you want your child to return to their neighborhood school.  The registrar will take your student's information and will let BVA's administration know of your request as your student's enrollment at BVA is a year-long commitment.  

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