Frequently asked questions
Who is eligible to enroll?
All K-8 students that are Washington residents.
What is the cost to enroll in LRA?
LRA is a tuition-free Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) public school program with no cost to enroll.
How do I enroll my student?
You can complete the enrollment application online. Visit our How to Apply section for information on enrolling your student in LRA.
Will my child have the same graduation opportunities as students in traditional public schools?
Yes, we are a Washington public school within the Woodland School District #404.
What curriculum providers are used by the Lewis River Academy?
At LRA, families have a choice of using K12, Inc. for grades K-8 or Odysseyware for grades 3-8.
What grades are offered by the Lewis River Academy?
LRA serves grades K–8.
What subjects will my child study?
Language Arts, Math, Science, History and Physical Education are all available through LRA.
Does the program provide textbooks and other instructional materials?
Yes, we provide all the textbooks and instructional materials that are needed to complete the program.
Can my child work at his or her own pace?
The K-8 program is self-paced and flexible within the parameters specified by state law. The program uses mastery-based learning. Students must pass one unit or lesson to move on to the next.
How much time do students spend on the computer?
We expect that students will spend no more than 20 to 25 percent of their time on the computer in the early grades. By middle school, students may spend as much as 50 percent online. We believe in a balanced approach toward education. Computers help us provide you with effective assessment, planning, and time-management tools. Computers also act as powerful teaching tools that can motivate, stimulate, and inform children about the world around them. They do not, however, replace a solid education. Rather, they help facilitate one. That's why we use a unique multimedia approach that also includes a great deal of old-fashioned books, workbooks, and instructional materials.
Do you provide services for students with disabilitites and special needs?
Yes. To discuss your child's needs with us, please contact our office, and we will put you in touch with our Special Services team.
Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?
Yes, accelerated learners may move through the curriculum faster than a traditional school setting. Both programs use mastery-based learning. Students must pass one unit or lesson to move on to the next. The beauty of our K-8 program is that it is flexible enough to meet children where they are in any given subject and take them where they want to go. Placement assessments taken online during the enrollment process allow us to place your student in the appropriate level of curriculum. So, for example, if your fourth grader is doing math on a sixth-grade level and reading on a fourth-grade level, we can tailor your curriculum and lesson plans to meet his or her abilities.
How do students interact socially?
Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in school outings, science labs, field trips (e.g., to historical sites, museums, zoos), picnics, and other social events. With online discussions and forums, new types of communities can be formed that are based not on geography and place but on shared interests.
Will this program intrude into my home?
There are no home visits as part of the program, and there are no cameras or any other intrusions into your home. Students may choose to use a web camera to receive online instruction and take proctored assessments.
Can students do extracurricular activities in their resident district?
Yes. Please contact the LRA office for more information about extracurricular activities available to students in their resident school district.
Can students co-enroll in other districts?
While we do not share enrollment with other districts, students at Lewis River Academy can co-enroll in classes on campuses in Woodland.