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Home-Based vs. ALE

What is BVA?

BVA is classified as an Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) and is an asynchronous, virtual school. Courses are taught by highly-qualified, certified teachers. BVA is a tuition-free, public school and is part of the Bethel School District.

What is the difference between home-based instruction and an ALE program?

Home-based Instruction and enrollment in an ALE are DIFFERENT educational models. Home-based instruction includes the following:

• Home-based instruction is developed and supervised by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.

• The parent has filed an annual Declaration of Intent with the district.

• Students are neither enrolled nor eligible for graduation through a public high school
unless they meet all district and state graduation requirements.

• Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public school, including
course, graduation, and assessment requirements.

• The public school is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials,or to supervise the student’s education.

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) includes the following:

• Is a public education enrollment option authorized under WAC 392-550.

• Subject to all state and federal rules and regulations governing public education.

• Curriculum and instructional materials meet district standards and are free from sectarian control or influence.

• Learning experiences are:
     o Supervised, monitored, assessed, and evaluated by a certificated teacher.
     o May be planned in collaboration with the student, parent and teacher.
     o Provided via a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP).
     o Provided in whole, or part, outside the regular classroom.

Bethel Virtual Academy is an ALE School.