About the Bellevue Virtual Academy

The Bellevue Virtual Academy (BVA) began as an online learning option to support K-12 students who were unable to access in-person learning throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Courses are taught by Washington State Certificated teachers using the online learning platform, Edgenuity. This partnership provides a fully online learning opportunity to maintain the health and safety of our students.

“From the day it started, we can see that things got more comfortable. He’s able to write and learn something new every day. I would like to thank the entire Bellevue Virtual Academy team.” -Leela, BVA Parent

Providing Social and Emotional Learning and Supports

BSD staff serve as teacher-mentors to elementary school students, where they supplement the Edgenuity curriculum by providing live support and social and emotional learning.

teacher smiling while teaching class virtually in their office

“We were really brought in to be the face, and the teachers, and the live interaction. We do clubs and have that fun, social part of school that is missing with the Edgenuity platform. These kids really needed some teachers, so it’s nice that we have a strong team that volunteered to be here for them.” -Siena Traverso, BVA Teacher-Mentor

Flexible Learning

Online learning with BVA allows students to learn at their own pace. Requests to work ahead or add classes can be accommodated depending on student need. Additionally, families may choose if/when to have their student(s) return to in-person learning. BVA expects some families to return to in-person learning as a result of elementary-aged children becoming eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines. At its peak, BVA served 650 students and now has 535 students enrolled.

teacher showing counting while teaching class virtually in their office

“I am very much an advocate for students who are needing services in various ways. And when their parents need to reach out and connect with someone like a counselor, or a multi-language facilitator or special education teacher, then I am that person to connect them with their home school and try to put pieces in place.” -Cassandra Shanklin, BVA Teacher-Mentor

Hear from the BVA Students

Stay tuned for the next installment in our BVA series, where students will share, firsthand, their experiences with online learning.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.