WAVA worked extremely well for us the first year. In fact, Wolfette and I loved the program so much that we decided to continue homeschooling her 5th grade year with WAVA, and I went ahead and enrolled Monkey in it for kindergarten.
Throughout the two years we used K12 Virtual Academy, I had joined several homeschooling forums, followed homeschooling mom blogs, followed homeschool pages on facebook, and conducted research daily on various homeschool related topics. By the time our third year of homeschooling rolled around, I felt confident that K12 would no longer work for us. I was ready to pull the kids out of public schooling all together and homeschool them 100% on my own. This was scary for me, but I knew it needed to be done.
I decided to leave K12 Virtual Academy because I didn't like being tied down to attendance requirements, state testing, and numerous online class connect sessions that didn't have anything to do with what my kids were learning at that time. I felt locked down. There was no freedom, and my kids were starting to hate school. I wanted my kids to have fun and enjoy learning. I also wanted to incorporate bible teachings into their studies. K12 wasn't feeding their natural need to learn, they were forcing it. The results were not ideal.
There are several families that have their kids in one of many K12 Virtual Academies and thrive. Please don't take my opinion as your own. If you're interested in K12, by all means don't let me change your mind!
I have listed some of my Pros and Cons to K12 Virtual Academy. These are purely my own opinion. Others may feel differently.
Pros to K12 Virtual Academy:
- Free materials
- Curriculum is planned out for you
- Teacher support
- You can tweak the lessons and grade levels to your students needs
- Virtual classrooms with their peers
- Online clubs for social interaction
- Social get togethers
- Top notch education
Cons to K12 Virtual Academy:
- State testing
- Attendance requirements
- Curriculum is intensive, leaving not much time left for extra classes your child might be interested in.
- Online classes may not be relevant to your child, but attendance is required regardless.
I was certain that convincing my husband to let me pull them out of K12 and homeschool them on my own would be a bit of a chore, but to my surprise it wasn't. I assured him that I knew what I was doing, and that they would continue to receive a good education. He said it would be alright, even though he didn't much care for the idea. Today though, he's proud of how well our kids are doing and no longer argues with me about homeschooling. I think he's secretly proud of our choice as well, although he'll never admit it.
Once I made the call to K12 informing them that my children would no longer be enrolled in their program, I felt the weight lift off my shoulders. We were as free as free could be. The options were endless and I couldn't wait to start loading up on materials for the coming year. I had already received the next years curriculum from K12 so I decided to use some of it. For the rest of the kids' curriculum, I purchased a few new items from Christianbook.com, and I got a few used texts from Amazon.com. I felt great about the curricula for the kids and we wound up having an amazing school year, free to do as we pleased. We discovered lapbooks and unit studies and learned what we wanted to, when we wanted to.
This coming year is our 4th year homeschooling, and I am going 100% free from K12. I have no materials of theirs, and all our curriculum choices are our own. I'm so excited for the school year to begin, I can't hardly contain it! :)