District Increases Service and Choice Through Partnership With CVA
Raymond, WA - In its ever-vigilant search for opportunities to improve programming for student learning, the Raymond School District is now offering families greater choice and control of their child's education through Columbia Virtual Academy-Raymond (CVA-Raymond).
"We have added options, in addition to our HomeLink program, for parents who wish to have some help in designing instruction for their students, but still desire to be their children's primary teacher," explained Raymond School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Holland.
Columbia Virtual Academy, the only completely public, completely non-profit and completely shared virtual learning program in Washington, offers K-12 educational programming directly to families, or in partnership with school districts, across the state.
According to CVA's founding Superintendent Dr. Mark Selle, "Parents are the first and most important educators of their children, but no family typically has all the resources or expertise it needs to fully educate their children on their own."
That is where CVA seeks to fit in.
"Through CVA, families can access curricular resources, specialty instructors in their communities, and support for planning each child's learning," Dr. Selle explained. "Additionally, CVA staff can help parents evaluate their children's progress and help to ensure that every child has all that they need to succeed."
Dr. Selle added that, "CVA-Raymond only increases the support families across the state have to choose the kind of education they want for their children."
For its part, the Raymond School District has already worked to offer individualized learning for every student within the school system. "CVA-Raymond will help us partner with parents to reach the same goal - education anywhere at any time for any student," Dr. Holland stated. He added that the CVA partnership with 11 districts across the state will help operational efficiency for the district while making new curriculum options available to families. "Although we use Apex Curriculum now, such things as the Calvert Curriculum and the Digital Learning Commons will be new for us," Dr. Holland said. "I believe that partnering with CVA will be most important in that it gives families and students more choices."
According to CVA Director Lori Larsen, CVA-Raymond will advance Raymond's technology goals as well.
"Dr. Holland has shared with us that he would like for Raymond School District to be the technology leader in his region," Larsen said. "We look forward to assisting the district in achieving its goals in any way that we can."
CVA began in 2003 as the Valley Home Program at the Valley School District in rural northeast Washington. The program expanded to statewide operation as Columbia Virtual Academy in 2006. CVA is open to partnership to any public school district in Washington and currently partners with 11 districts. Its mission is to support Family Choice Education through the values of personalization, flexibility, choice, and control.
Additional information about CVA is available at www.columbiavirtualacademy.org