By JOLT staff
As the school year draws to a close, Tumwater Virtual Academy (TVA) invites students to enroll in its flexible online school program for the 2021-22 school year.
In a presentation to the Tumwater School Board last Thursday, Kyle Grunenfelder, director of the Tumwater Virtual Academy, said they offer two enrollment options for students.
- Complete registration: The program is aimed at elementary and secondary school students who wish to take all of their courses online.
- Double registration: High school students, grades 6 to 12, can choose a hybrid program. Students can choose to attend their local school for part of the day and take online classes with VAT for the rest of school hours.
Any student in the Tumwater School District is eligible to enroll. The principal also noted that TVA can accommodate up to ten percent of its students from outside the school district.
The program, which began in August 2020, offers online education to students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Currently, TVA’s staff includes six elementary teachers, eight secondary teachers, one special education teacher, one counselor, two office professionals and two administrators to serve up to 304 students. The principal also said that VAT taps into some of the teachers in the Tumwater School District to provide a local connection between the educators.
During the presentation, Grunenfelder also shared that there are specific differences between VAT and distance learning. The principal said that with distance learning, teachers generally help their students. On the other hand, he noted that under the TVA program, parents play a much more active role in the education of their child.
Most importantly, Grunenfelder believed that the program provides students with the opportunity to learn at their own pace while providing a sense of independence.
Andrew Landowski, the school’s deputy principal, said under the TVA program almost half of high school students have a 3.0 GPA. “With the right kind of support it’s super amazing to see [students] succeed, âsaid the director.
More information is available on the TVA website.