What is RVA?

  • Ritenour School District Virtual Academy

    During the 2020-2021 school year, Ritenour is offering a full-time virtual learning experience, called the Ritenour Virtual Academy (RVA), for Ritenour students in grades K-8.*  

    The Ritenour Virtual Academy offers high-quality classes led by highly-qualified, certified Ritenour teachers who have completed additional training in virtual instruction. Students who participate in the academy will do all learning from home. 

    Students will have the consistency they need for continuous interactive learning with the same teacher and classmates, regardless of uncertainties of the pandemic and potential of school closures due to COVID-19 related issues or severe weather. Students who are learning from home as part of the RVA don’t need to worry about wearing masks or social distancing that will be in place on Ritenour school campuses. The consistency of RVA classrooms will provide students an opportunity to bond and interact with peers to create a caring, supportive learning community. 

    As a student in our virtual academy, your child will be enrolled in a comprehensive online educational program that provides the support and services they need to succeed. Our program is personal, offers online face-to-face interaction with only Ritenour teachers and counselors, and is based on the District’s mission to “develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in our diverse, global society.” Special School District teachers and therapists also will provide virtual supports for students who qualify.

    Classroom instruction for K-5 is from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. daily. Students who qualify for English language learning and special education will receive virtual supports during other times during the day. Students also will be able to receive additional help from their classroom teachers outside of class instruction time. Students also will have time each week with specials (library, physical education, art, music, etc.)

    For grades 6-8, RVA students are meeting on the same schedule as their assigned middle schools, 7:30 a.m.-2:25 p.m. daily.

    At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, all Ritenour K-12 students were given a tablet (grades K-1) or Chromebook (grades 2-12). The district also has made Wi-Fi available to students who need it so they can engage in their learning, complete assignments and tests, and communicate with teachers, counselors and their own peers while they are working virtually.

    Students in RVA are held accountable for their learning and receive grades just as they would in other Ritenour schools. Teachers at the RVA are able to monitor and assess student engagement and progress in real time. 

    For questions about the Ritenour Virtual Academy for K-8 students, please email virtualacademyk8@ritenourschools.org.  

    * Note that Ritenour High School students in grades 9-12 have a separate process for signing up for full-time virtual learning for the 2020-2021 school year. RHS students who enroll in full-time virtual learning will interact virtually with their scheduled classes and teachers. There is not a separate virtual academy for RHS students.  For more information, email virtualrhs@ritenourschools.org. 

    We look forward to providing your child with an online option that works for them and we are honored to partner with you in your child's education!