How Online School for Grades K-8 Works

Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) uses online curriculum and services provided by K12. Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever there's an internet connection. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.

Certified Teachers, Superior Teaching Tools

TNVA students interact with one or more Tennessee-licensed teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through email, telephone, and online meetings. Students receive education materials such as textbooks, DVDs, science lab supplies, and other hands-on resources to support their coursework.

In certain cases, based on financial need, TNVA may loan a computer to an enrolling family. This determination will take place during the enrollment process.

Extensive Support System

TNVA also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. In grades K–5, working closely with the teacher or teachers, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed.

In middle school, students work at a collective pace with their class of students, overseen by their teacher, so the Learning Coach role shifts to one of support and encouragement. 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, TNVA provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and testing required of all public schools.

Family Academic Support Team (FAST)

The Family Academic Support Team (FAST) empowers students to overcome challenges—be they academic, social, emotional, medical, or otherwise—to succeed in school and beyond. This holistic approach includes early intervention, support services, and linking families to school and community based resources. FAST members and teachers work with families to provide the extra help needed to enable students to stay motivated and on track.