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Bethel Elementary Learning Academy (BELA) has been in operation for more than a decade bringing online/hybrid learning to students year after year. BELA is a tuition free option for families residing in the Bethel School District. We use the District's adopted elementary curricula, Accelerate Education, to guide the independent learning progression for each student. Parents play a critical role and must commit through a formal agreement to provide continuous support as their student's BELA learning coach. 

A BELA certificated teacher works closely with the learning coach (parent/guardian) to build and facilitate a learning plan for each student. A BELA student’s school day is a mixture of hands-on materials and online content facilitated by the certificated teacher and learning coach. Students should plan on approximately 330 minutes per day devoted to school work in a variety of subject areas for a total of 28 hours per week. The BELA schedule follows the Washington State's Alternative Learning Experience guidelines.

Each student will have a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), and is expected to progress on pace with that plan. Students are required to attend a weekly, in classroom, session with their teachers. Teachers will provide Monthly Academic Progress (MAP's) to the learning coach and student.

BELA features: 

  • Curriculum specifically designed for online learning
  • Hands on materials
  • An iPad assigned to each student to support access
  • Weekly on-campus learning for all students
  • Certificated teachers support the individual learning needs of each student
  • Optional monthly academic field trips help to expand the student’s learning and make connections for students and parents
  • Optionally stay connected to your neighborhood school for music and art programs

Family Responsibilities: 

  • Provide a consistent daily school schedule to support the learning of the student
  • Provide an internet connection and a laptop or desktop to support the online learning needs of the student’s learning plan
  • Provide learning coach time with the student on a daily basis to support the learning plan

Contact us at:


Phone: 253-800-4990 

Our Mission

Bethel Elementary Learning Academy (BELA) is a partnership between the Bethel School District and parents who chose to teach their K-5 grade student. This alternative learning experience offers a blend of on and off-site instruction with certificated teacher support, online courses, and traditional curriculum to meet the unique and individual needs of students. The student is enrolled in the Bethel School District, which will assess their learning progress.