Oak Harbor Virtual Academy (OHVA) is a web-based educational program. The program provides instructor-led online courses to students. All instructors have valid state certification in their subject areas. OHVA presents students with an interactive learning experience, not a textbook online. All OHVA curriculum mirrors the scope and sequence of content taught in Oak Harbor Public Schools.
A New Learning Experience
Participating in OHVA is a privilege. Washington state ALE rules govern how students must perform in online courses. Students are required to maintain weekly contact and weekly progress to remain in good standing. If a student has 20 days of no contact and no progress, intervention and/or a drop from the student's online course is required.
Weekly Contact: According to Washington state law, students must have weekly personal contact with their instructors. Direct personal contact shall be for the purposes of instruction, review of assignments, testing, reporting of student progress, or other learning activities. Students are required to maintain contact a minimum of once a week.
"Maintaining contact" means:
- An assignment/test/activity posted to Blackboard that an instructor grades and/or provides feedback on
- Email exchange with teacher
- Phone call with teacher
- Face-to-Face with teacher
- Electronic exchange with teacher: Discussion Board, Blog, Instant Message
Regular Progress: One of the advantages of OHVA is that it allows for a flexible learning environment. Students may work on their assignments when and where they would like. At the same time though, Washington state law requires students to make academic progress in their online courses. Student progress will be evaluated against progress benchmarks which are clearly defined in the course for each month.