Overview & Mission Statement
What is Spokane Valley Learning Academy?
We are a program designed to support homeschool families with enrichment classes, help with curriculum, and offer moral support from the Central Valley School District. We at SVLA believe in homeschooling and support your decision to do so.
Who can attend SVLA?
Children from grades K-12 in and around Spokane area are invited to be a part of our learning community.
What types of classes are offered?
Elementary children have the opportunity to be involved in Science classes, Spanish, Writing, Thematic Studies, and Art. Music and Health & Fitness are also offered for students. Middle and high school students may enroll in Science, Spanish, Writing, Computers, Math, and Art.
Are there any requirements?
Because we exist under the Alternative Education Law, we ask that parents file a learning plan with us once a year. The SLP is re-examined monthly by SVLA staff and changes are made as needed according to student progress. There is also a parent-teacher conference face-to-face each semester. Parents are asked to volunteer 1 hour per quarter in the program. Students are required to have up-to-date immunizations or turn in an exempt form.
What about a reimbursement?
Families enrolled at SVLA are entitled to an annual reimbursement for non-sectarian educational materials purchased for each child according to the number of hours the child is enrolled in SVLA. All materials must align with the learning plan in order to be reimbursable. When/if a family leaves SVLA, all materials purchased by SVLA are returned to the program for use in our parent library.
Does my child have to be tested?
Since full-time SVLA students are considered to be Central Valley School District students, they are expected to take the same tests that any public school student would take.
What about high school credit or Running Start?
SVLA will help to create a transcript with credit for our high school students who so desire. This is done by monitoring and documenting 75 hours of work per half credit. Alternately, we will work with those parents/students who wish to enroll in the Running Start program. Most high schools will waive credits for homeschooled students who pass the Asset test, which is required for admission to the Running Start program.
Will I lose my homeschool status?
By law, if SVLA manages all of your child's studies, they are considered a full time public school student and lose their homeschool status. Part-time students maintain home-based study status.