Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Lewis River Academy from two of its students:

Join Caleb and Elizabeth Osorio, two of Lewis River Academy's students, as they talk about Woodland Public Schools' innovative LRA program in this video they made themselves. 


We wouldn't choose home study, except for the challenges/implications of COVID-19.  How can you help?

We get that!  Here's how we plan to help:

    1. Focusing on the essentials: District-wide, Woodland is taking an essentials approach: focusing on key math and language arts skills.  For LRA, that means students spend two hours a day in instruction.  We can help you add more learning to your day, but a priority on quality will help your student make consistent gains this year despite other unknowns.

    2. Choices in curriculum: We have a variety of curriculum providers to fit your learners' preferences and needs

    3. Flexible scheduling: Students work individually with parents/guardians, with no required time with teachers except a weekly meeting. You can always contact us with questions, but any group classes are optional.

    4. Trainings and FAQ's: Being a parent/guardian and a teacher is a challenge. We'll provide targeted training for your role as a "Learning Coach"--a parent teaching in the home. We hope the FAQ's and trainings help you know you're not alone in your questions and challenges.  

    5. Personal attention from trained teachers. Checking in with a teacher is required each week, but we make a point of getting to know you uniquely so we can cheer you on and troubleshoot as needed.

    6. Tutorial help. As families have questions, we respond to email and phone calls during school hours.  

How does the program work?

To start, each family works with a grade-level teacher to outline a student learning plan with goals and subjects for the year.  We talk about specific concerns and needs and how to address them.

Each school day at home, students work toward these goals in one of our learning programs: K12, Edgenuity, or Odysseyware.  The expectation is that students should work on each subject 1 hour per day.  All lessons must be mastered at 80% or above.  Work is assigned each school day.  

Each week, families check in with their teacher.  We discuss what's going well, work through any challenges, and see how teachers can help troubleshoot or support the next week's learning. 

Each month, families receive a progress report to show whether they've made satisfactory monthly progress in the learning programs.  This means:

    • Students complete lessons at mastery level (80%+)
    • Students are on-time in the program, achieving monthly goals
    • Students have weekly conversations with their teachers about their learning

Families with a good routine of working every school day, staying on time in their learning programs, and staying in communication with teachers weekly are successful each month.  

Is home study right for my family?

Some Lewis River Academy (LRA) families are committed homeschoolers, who choose LRA for its quality curriculum and partnership with grade level teachers, as well as opportunities to connect with the local school community.

Other LRA families chose home study for a change of pace for their student: more flexibility, more family support, fewer distractions, facing unique challenges or opportunities during a season of life.  

Each family has a unique story, which we do our best to understand and support.

Who is eligible to enroll?

All K-8 students who are Washington residents. Those not residing in the Woodland Public Schools district area can request a Choice Transfer (also called "Boundary Transfer"). Find out more by clicking this link.

What technology requirements are families expected to have in order to participate?

Our learning programs assume that students are accessing the system via a laptop or desktop and broadband internet.   Some will work on devices, but that's not ideal.

For the 2020-2021 school year, students grades 5-8 will be offered a school Chromebook.  For students grades K-4, Chromebooks may be available based on financial need.  If using a Chromebook, students will need Wi-Fi to access their learning programs.

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.

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.

How much parent/guardian involvement is required?

Our learning programs are not games or apps, but challenging, grade-level curriculum.  Parents/'learning coaches" should set aside time to be involved.

    • Younger and less-independent students need active parent participation: leading them through lessons, discussing, helping them work.  Plan for 2-4 hours per day (1 hour per subject)

    • If your student is more independent, be available for questions as they work and meet with them daily to review, discuss in detail, and give feedback on their work.  

LRA teachers work with each family to help parents grow into this role, especially if the choice to home study is prompted by, say, a pandemic.  

How do LRA teachers help?

You will have a regular, weekly phone/video appointment with your LRA teacher to discuss the week's work and answer questions.  For urgent questions about material, call the LRA classroom or email your teacher during school hours.

We are enthusiastic classroom teachers who love thinking with you about how to help students be successful.  We can help answer questions, address learning needs, equip you with online or hands-on resources,  and find fun ways of practicing key grade level skills. 

I'm concerned that my student has gaps in their learning from last spring or generally.

At the beginning of the year, all LRA students will take the i-Ready diagnostic assessment online. This assessment will help LRA teachers to tailor curriculum and learning plans to fill in any gaps in learning.

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.

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.

Do you provide services for students with disabilities and special needs?

In some cases, LRA is a great fit for students with specialized needs since the curriculum can be customized to each individual student. Be sure to note your student's supports and needs on your application and Jake Hall (our principal) will discuss your options with you.

Can you accommodate the accelerated learning needs of my gifted/talented child?

Yes!  We match curriculum to students' ability levels.  They are always welcome to work ahead.  

Although we'll be starting the 2020-2021 school year with just Math and ELA courses, if families/students are successful, we can add science and social studies coursework to their learning plan.  We can also advise you on developing a full day of learning beyond the coursework we offer.

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 take part in 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.

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.

We're interested! What are our next steps?

  1. Register with the Woodland Public Schools district registrar by clicking this link.
  2. Once we receive your application, we will you to schedule an interview.
  3. An LRA teacher will contact you by phone or email to develop a learning plan including choosing a learning program.
  4. We will provide you with all the orientation information you need on how to get started.