CodeRVA Regional High School in the news!

Richmond Times Dispatch, September 26, 2017
VCU Communications, September 18, 2017

Richmond Times Dispatch, September 1, 2017
Mechanicsville Local, August 29, 2017
WTVR, August 23, 2017
WRIC, August 23, 2017
Community Ideas Station’s The Learning Curve, Feb. 8, 2017
Richmond Times Dispatch
, Feb. 3, 2017

Richmond Magazine, Feb. 3, 2017
Chesterfield Observer, Feb. 3, 2017
WTVR, January 24, 2017

 

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What is CodeRVA High School?  en Español

CodeRVA Regional High School is a new public high school serving students from thirteen school divisions in the greater Richmond area opened in September 2017.  The school’s design builds on next generation school models across the nation that rethink the use of time and space, leverage technology to accelerate learning, personalize learning experiences, and redesign curriculum to align with competency-based progressions. Focused on computer science, the school will offer the opportunity to complete high school requirements through a combination of blended (online and face-to-face) learning, integrated coursework, and project-based learning.  CodeRVA High School students will be provided an opportunity to graduate with a Virginia high school diploma, an associate’s degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, industry certifications, and paid internships in computer science related fields.

 

What are the goals of CodeRVA High School?

CodeRVA is being designed to meet three specific goals:

  • Redesign the high school experience to better meet the learning needs of today’s students;
  • Address racial, economic, and gender inequities in STEM-related education; and
  • Increase the pool of potential employees in computer science-related fields for central Virginia employers.  

 

How is instruction at CodeRVA be different from other high schools?

  • CodeRVA will focus on competency-based, individualized instruction.
  • During the first two years, students experience self-paced, blended (online and face-to-face) instruction.
  • Project-based learning is consistently integrated into instruction within and among content areas.
  • CodeRVA operates as a year-round school with three trimesters.  The 6-week summer trimester will be used for acceleration or extension of time necessary for mastery.

 

How does the school prepare students for the workforce?

CodeRVA students are provided an opportunity to graduate with a Virginia high school diploma, an associate’s degree from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, industry certifications, and potentially as much as 400 hours of paid internships in computer science-related fields.  In addition, project-based learning built on workplace scenarios that incorporate “Agile” methodologies will be incorporated throughout the curriculum.

 

Who can apply to CodeRVA?

  • For the 2018-2019 school year, any rising 9th grader from a participating school division may apply for CodeRVA – no prerequisites exist other than interest.
  • Participating school divisions include: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell City, New Kent, Petersburg City, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City, and Sussex.
  • Detailed information and a link to the application system can be found here.  
  • The application window will open on January 8, 2018.
  • The application window will close on February 23, 2018.

 

How do students apply for CodeRVA and how are they selected?

  • For the 2018-2019 school year, any rising 9th grader from a participating school division may apply for CodeRVA – no prerequisites exist other than interest.
  • An online application must be submitted by February 23, 2018.  
  • Detailed information and a link to the application system can be found here.  
  • Selected students will be notified via email on March 9, 2018 and will be asked to confirm their intent to attend CodeRVA by March 23, 2018.
  • Student selection will be made through an independent lottery system that supports the school’s goal of having a diverse student body that is representative of the demographics of the Richmond region.

 

Where is CodeRVA Regional High School located?

CodeRVA High School is located less than five minutes from Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in the City of Richmond near the Diamond.  Housed in the building owned by Michael and Son Services, formerly the AH Robins world headquarters, CodeRVA houses 15,310 square feet of open, collaborative student workspace and classrooms for small group instruction that supports its blended learning model.

 

How are students transported to CodeRVA?

Transportation is provided from each partnering school division to CodeRVA at no cost to the student. CodeRVA will utilize the same bus system that is used to transport students to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.

 

What does the school’s year-round calendar look like?  

CodeRVA has a year-round school calendar has three trimesters.  The school will start after Labor Day and the second trimester ends in mid-June.  The third (summer) trimester will begin after the July 4 holiday and run for approximately six weeks.  CodeRVA students that demonstrate a consistent ability to meet progress benchmarks set by teachers and their own personal goals may be provided flexibility in the number of days required for physical attendance during the summer trimester.  Students needing additional assistance meeting established benchmarks and goals may be required to physically attend each day to receive individual and group support services.  The school day runs from 8:50am – 3:00pm.

 

Are CodeRVA students eligible for VHSL activities at their home-zoned public high school?

Yes.  The Virginia High School League (VHSL) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) have confirmed that CodeRVA students will be eligible to participate in VHSL activities at their home-zoned, public high school.  Due to varying practice times, travel times, and other factors, decisions regarding student participation in each sport/activity will be up to each local school and/or school division.

 

Does CodeRVA have clubs and other activities/events?

Yes.  CodeRVA has clubs that are generated by student interest.  The school’s schedule will support incorporation of club time during the instructional day.  Other activities and events such as competition teams (like robotics) or talent shows will be supported given adequate student interest and parental/volunteer support.