Private Homeschool



Tidewater Collegiate Academy at Virginia Wesleyan University (TCA)


  • Students deserve exceptional instruction that prepares them for their future and not just for one particular test.

  • TCA is a learning center where students can come to learn in an emotionally safe, caring, and motivating environment.

  • Students have the opportunity to interact with experienced, licensed educators and work towards earning their  high school diploma.  


What is "approved tutor" status?


  • There is a provision within the Virginia compulsory attendance code that allows parents and guardians to hire an "approved tutor" with a Virginia state teaching license.

  • This "approved tutor" develops, delivers, and monitors curriculum and instruction for a student instead of that student attending traditional public or private schools.


How does the "approved tutor" work?


  • The tutor  provides the school system with a copy of his or her teaching license along with a letter stating that he or she will develop curriculum and deliver instruction for a designated period of time for a student.  

  • Then the family  works out a schedule for the "approved tutor" and the student to meet at the learning center to complete the course work.  

  • At the end of the semester the "approved tutor" will provide the family with an official transcript noting the grades that the student has earned in each course.

What are the advantages of hiring an "approved tutor"?


  • There are no SOL test requirements.  

  • The student is given personal attention to help emphasize his or her strengths and interests as a student.  

  • The parent/guardian does not have to create or purchase curriculum.  

  • The parent/guardian does not have to provide proof of progress testing to the school system.


What is the role of the parent/guardian?


  • The parent/guardian continues to support, encourage, and motivate their student and work closely with the tutor to ensure that the student is making progress towards his or her goals.  

  • The tutor will also make recommendations to the parent/guardian of activities and discussions that the family can enjoy together. 


How do we get started?


  • Contact TCA by phone or email and complete the application.  

  • Then a TCA tutor will meet with the family online or face to face to discuss the students interests, educational needs, and future goals.  

  • After TCA agrees to provide services, the tutor will develop a customized curriculum that is specific to the student's individual needs and expectations.


What does tuition include?


  • Twenty five hours a week of small group and one on one instruction.

  • Customized curriculum and instruction for 3 subjects per semester.

  • Assistance filing the required Notice of Intent paper work for the city.

  • Official transcript at the end of the semester.

How much is it?

  • Total cost is $4,750 for the year (35 weeks) including materials.

  • There is a $58 registration fee paid to TADS, our tuition management company.

  • Scholarship funds are available.