How Online Education Works
Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy (LAVCA) uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. 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.
For high school, LAVCA uses the K12 high school program to help maximize students' potential and preparing them for post-high school success - whether that means they move on to a top-tier, 4-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career.
Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools
At the Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy, all students interact with one or more Louisiana-certified teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings. Each LAVCA family is eligible to receive a loaner computer, as well as boxes of materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject matter.
Extensive Support System
LAVCA also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K-8, working closely with the teacher or teachers, 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 will 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.
Individualized Learning, Public School Accountability
In addition to providing individualized learning, LAVCA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and testing required of all public schools.
Family Academic Support Team (FAST)
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.