District Increases Service and Choice Through Partnership With CVA

Raymond, WA - Due to our desire to offer program options for student learning, the Raymond School District offers families greater choice and control of their child's education through Columbia Virtual Academy-Raymond (CVA-Raymond).

"This program is designed for parents who wish to be heavily involved in their students' education and to also have some help in providing instruction for their students," 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, "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."

"Through CVA, families can access curricular resources, instructors and support for planning each child's learning," Dr. Holland 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."

"CVA-Raymond increases the support families across the state have to choose the kind of education they want for their children. CVA 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 7 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 provide additional choices.I believe that it these additional choices that will be most important to families and students."

According to CVA, 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 7 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.cva.org

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