How Online Elementary School Works

WIVA students in grades K–5 take teacher-instructed courses in all core subjects - English, math, science, and history.  Art - is a self-guided course for all students.  Elective courses in world languages or music are offered dependent upon age and readiness Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, which caters to a wide variety of learning styles. Formative and summative work are part of each core subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track. 

Parent/Learning Coach

WIVA provides an extensive support system to parents and students. In grades K–5, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed.

Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for the success of the student and may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine.

  • Grades K–2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical and approximately 100% of the school day
  • Grades 3–5: Students begin to have increased independence, but Parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80% of the school day. 

Working with Your Teacher

Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions titled "ClassConnect." It is expected that students attend and meet with teachers to receive standards-driven direct instruction, re-teaching, and enrichment. These sessions vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.


Attendance is logged by school and Learning Coaches Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. K–5 students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day.

  • Grades K–2: Estimate approximately 4–5 hours of productive school-work 5 days per week
  • Grades 3–5: Estimate approximately 5–7 hours of effective school-work 5 days per week

Mastering Standards   

Students in grades K–5 are expected to work toward mastery of standards per subject and grade level, as sequenced via lessons and units by their teachers.  Synchronous sessions – ClassConnect as a whole group, small group, etc. – are integral opportunities for students to receive personalized instruction toward growth in areas of required state standards. Teachers offer many support sessions to assist all of their students.


Our assessments are purposeful and meaningful and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. Below is a list of some of the assessments students will take over the course of the year. Not every test applies to every grade level. Check the Resources section for a list of the tests and the grades in which they are given, as well as the schedule on which they will be administered.


Students in grades K–5 will be required to take a STAR360 Literacy and/or Math assessment as WIVA’s district-approved growth measure. Homeroom teachers will provide specific assessment/testing windows which involve administering the STAR360 three times a year (fall, winter & spring). These assessments are integral to shaping teacher instruction on a more personalized level for students, to meet our goal of one year’s academic growth in one year’s time for each learner.

State Testing

Below is list of the state-mandated tests and the respective grade levels associated with these tests.

  • ELL (English Language Learners) Access: Grades K–12. Ongoing
  • WI FORWARD Assessment (ELA, Math): Grades 3–8. Spring
  • WI FORWARD Assessment (Science, Social Studies): Grades 4th &8th, Spring

Testing Notifications

You will be kept up-to-date about testing and assessments through communication from advisors and teachers throughout the school year, as well as informational pieces in the monthly newsletters and the WIVA Weekly. At any time, please feel free to call Katherine Siegmann, WIVA's Testing Coordinator, at 608-838-9482 (WIVA office number) x1111 for any clarification on the information you are receiving.