Academy Profile

Global Virtual Academy (GVA) is a K-12 program, with the elementary level (K-5) administered through Discovery Elementary and the secondary level (6-12) administered through GVA , one of the Academies at Henderson Bay. Started in the spring of 2008 as Peninsula Internet Academy, we are taking the best of what we have done to make it even better and more responsive to the needs of our students. 

GVA’s 9th –12th grade distance learning program serves self-motivated students who are looking for individualized education options with flexibility to achieve high academic standards. Our students have the opportunity to obtain a high school diploma with necessary skills to be successful in multiple post-high school endeavors.

Students’ individual needs are met through personalization. Students have choices to use distance learning as well as weekly labs, where students can get additional assistance.  In addition, in-person support is available from our teachers in the Henderson Bay building. Students can speak with their teachers and the Online Learning Specialist by: phone, email, messaging, or in person. We offer integration for students enrolled in Running Start and West Sound Tech Skills Center, as well.

Students can register for credit recovery courses to catch up on graduation requirements. Some students take online classes to accelerate their graduation or enrich their learning experiences beyond those offered in our traditional schools, such as computer programming electives, World Languages and/or AP courses. We also offer an alternative for students and counselors who are unable to fit every desired class in the regular school schedule.


GVA is accredited from the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.

Instructor Certification

All of our contracted instructional staff are considered highly qualified in the areas they teach and all are state certified and endorsed in the areas that they are currently teaching.