CodeRVA Regional High School in the news!

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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Information Session Presentation 


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 that will open 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 needs of today’s students by reducing seat-time requirements and moving toward competency-based course completion;
  • Address racial, economic, and gender inequities in STEM-related education; and
  • Increase the pool of potential employees in coding and other computer science-related fields for central Virginia.  


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

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


How will the school prepare students for the workforce?

CodeRVA 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 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 2017-2018 school year, any rising 9th or 10th grader from a participating school division may apply for CodeRVA- no prerequisites exist other than interest.
  • Participating school divisions include: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, 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.  
  • Application deadline is February 24, 2017.


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

  • For the 2017-2018 school year, any rising 9th or 10th grader from a participating school division may apply for CodeRVA – no prerequisites exist other than interest.
  • An online application must be submitted by February 24, 2017.  
  • Denied applications must be corrected and resubmitted by February 28, 2017.
  • Detailed information and a link to the application system can be found here.  
  • Selected students will be notified via email on March 10, 2017 and will be asked to confirm their intent to attend CodeRVA by March 24, 2017.
  • 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 Richmond region.


Where will CodeRVA High School be located?

CodeRVA High School will be 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 will have 15,310 square feet of open, collaborative student workspace and classroom for small group instruction that supports its blended learning model.


How will students be transported to CodeRVA?

Transportation will be 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 will the school’s calendar look like?  How about the daily schedule?

CodeRVA is a year-round school with three trimesters.  The first two trimesters will follow the “traditional” academic-year calendar of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s school (2017-2018 calendar has not been proposed or adopted yet).  The school will start after Labor Day and end 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 daily schedule will likely run from approximately 8:45am – 3:30pm.


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.


Will CodeRVA have clubs and other activities/events?

Yes.  CodeRVA will have 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 dances will be supported given enough student interest and parental/volunteer support.  Students will have an advisory group that meets regularly with CodeRVA’s director.