How it Works
Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School (MAVA@GCVS) is the first diploma-granting virtual commonwealth school in Massachusetts. MAVA@GCVS' unique program uses online curriculum and services provided by K¹², Inc., the largest provider of online education programs in the nation. With K¹²'s online program, 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, K¹² lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.
Massachusetts-certified teachers work with the student and the parent (learning coach) in core courses to oversee and assist the student in working through the year's curriculum. If a student completes a course before March 30, the next grade's course can be started, allowing for acceleration in the program.
Students requiring special education typically receive the IEP services from their resident district, and Greenfield is responsible for overseeing meetings and evaluation compliance.
In addition to daily access to progress and planning tools for students and parents, MAVA@GCVS provides a typical report card with grades at the end of each semester (half year). Both parents and students can access their teachers (available daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM) through scheduled online meetings and conference calls.
Students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 10 are required to participate in the Massachusetts school testing program (MCAS) given in March and May of each year.
Licensed Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools
At MAVA@GCVS, all students interact with one or more Massachusetts-certified teachers (depending on grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, online synchronized opportunities, direct instruction, and regular monthly outings. Each MAVA@GCVS family receives all instructional materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources. These materials complement the interactive online elements of the program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject.
Extensive Support System
MAVA@GCVS also provides an extensive support system to parents and students. In grades K–8, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "learning coach," working closely with the teacher to help facilitate the student's progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed. Each teacher is state licensed 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, as an online public school MAVA@GCVS provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all Massachusetts public schools.