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Ferndale Virtual Academy and
Golden Eagle Academy

Grades 9 - 12

For Golden Eagle Academy: "There is currently a waitlist for Golden Eagle Academy. If you wish to enroll into the program, please contact your school counselor to be put on the waitlist."

For Ferndale Virtual Academy: Applications are now open to apply to Ferndale Virtual Academy until January 7th. Once the application is submitted, your student will be put on a waitlist and the Program Coordinator will contact you to let you know the status of enrollment. 


Mission Statement

To engage students by offering customized support, teacher-assisted independent learning, and a Ferndale School District diploma attainment through Washington State education requirements.

Indicators of Success

  • Improvement in academic success
  • Increased credit and course completion
  • Obtainment of school district diploma

Student Profile

The student being referred should meet the following criteria:

  • Diploma-seeking
  • Time management skills
  • Self-motivation and self-direction
  • Ability and willingness to learn independently
  • Strong reading, written, and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to adhere to GEA/FVA guidelines
  • Facing barriers that inhibit student’s success
  • Prefers smaller classroom environment
  • Meet state assessment and graduation requirements to obtain diploma


The Golden Eagle Academy (GEA) is a blended program in which students can take up to three classes at Ferndale High School and the rest online in the GEA classroom. Students adhere to the FHS daily schedule. 

The Ferndale Virtual Academy (FVA) is a traditional alternative learning program in which the student has a Written Student Learning Plan and accomplishes all credits online. Contact time is flexible and will be agreed upon in the WSLP. 

Both operate as a program within Ferndale High School with its classroom on campus, which offers support services along with access to Ferndale High School programs. The flexibility of the program allows us to accommodate students who have outside commitments such as employment, medical needs, family responsibilities, etc. 

Other benefits of the program include:

  • one-on-one instruction with customized academic plans
  • a flexible schedule to meet student needs
  • access to high school academics and support systems
  • participation in work-study programs or project-based learning
  • online education
  • study lab and tutorial support
  • High School and Beyond planning

FVA/GEA Contact Information: 

Shannon Iwasaki
Program Coordinator

Dianne Laundry
Graduation Coach