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This is my daughter’s future (Video)

When Sarah’s daughter was falling behind in her traditional school, she made the choice of an online virtual charter school. Now California Virtual Academy is giving her daughter a chance to grow and flourish in life.

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I couldn’t have made a better choice than CAVA

Jennifer Haaland has one thing to say to critics of online schools who say her daughter is being underserved in her education: The numbers speak for themselves.

The mother of three said her daughter was literally failing in her classes and bullied at her traditional public school before she enrolled her in one of the California Virtual Academies (CAVA) on the advice of other parents who had found success with the K12 curriculum. “Now, she is excelling. I made the best choice,” Jennifer said. “I couldn’t have made a better choice than CAVA.”

Jennifer said that at CAVA, her daughter’s grades have drastically improved, her confidence has been boosted and she established a close-knit group of friends. “She really loves the schedule and the fact that she has bonded with me,” as her learning coach, Jennifer said. “She came into CAVA thinking she was dumb. She is now an A student and sees her value as a human being.”

Jennifer said her daughter plans to return to a traditional public school so she can graduate with her twin brother and then attend art school.

“To be able to make the choice for your child’s education is the most important thing as a parent you can do for their future,” Jennifer said. “CAVA was the perfect fit for my daughter.”

Jennifer has the right to give her daughter a safe place to learn. She chooses CAVA.

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Wanting a Better Academic Choice for her Son

Cynthia Garcia wanted a better academic choice for her gifted son, CJ, who wasn’t being challenged enough at his traditional bricks and mortar elementary school.

Once CJ had completed half of his second-grade school year in 2010, Cynthia and her husband exhaustively researched alternative curriculums and found a perfect fit in the California Virtual Academies (CAVA) and its curriculum provided by K12.

“CAVA has been extremely important to the development of my child because it has met his educational needs,” Cynthia said. She noted that her son always finished first in his class, but his learning environment at his former school was little more than babysitting. “Virtual learning for us was the best choice. CAVA was our choice.”

Cynthia indicated that if she didn’t have the opportunity to make a better choice for her son’s educational future, his academic development would have been severely stunted. This could have also had devastating consequences on his test-taking abilities and many other skills. “Because my husband and I are educators, we knew this was the best avenue for our son,” Cynthia said.

Having parental choice, Cynthia noted, was paramount in ensuring that CJ received the best education possible. Their choice was to educate their son through CAVA and noted that the curriculum complemented their son’s academic talents in ways traditional schools could not. Because of this fact, it was easy for her to dismiss naysayers of online education programming who claim that students don’t receive the same quality education as provided by the traditional school system.

“My message to critics who believe that they know better than I, as his parent, what is best for my kid, is that they educate themselves. CAVA might not be the choice for everyone, but it is the best choice for us,” Cynthia said, adding that she has the right to decide what is best for her child and that parental choice should be protected.

“If anybody tried to take away [CAVA], I would be very upset,” Cynthia said, adding that CJ would be severely disadvantaged educationally if CAVA was no longer available as a learning resource. “If people or critics could take away our option for our child to learn the way he’s been learning at CAVA these past six years, it would put our family at a very difficult crossroads.”

“CAVA has been perfect,” she said. “It provides the right amount of accountability that I need as a learning coach, and it’s also provided him with an amazing curriculum.”

Cynthia is a motivated and engaged parent who has the right to make the best educational choice for her son. Her choice is CAVA.

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CAVA is the perfect fit for them (Video)

Mother and daughter discuss the academic success and opportunities they have found at California Virtual Academies (CAVA).

A CAVA Parent Shares Her Story


“My Son is now reading at grade level and has straight A’s. We started with CAVA in 5th grade, and plan to stay until he graduates from High School.”

Paula Donovan, CAVA Parent & Learning Coach

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