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Common Questions & Answers about RC Virtual School

 

Common Questions and Answers

 

What is the enrollment process for the Virtual School? 

  • To begin the enrollment process, please complete the application below. Application submissions should be delivered to RC Virtual School located at 100 Wise Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167 during the hours of 8:00 am-3:00 pm when school is in session. We will also accept applications via email or fax. Please call our office to confirm receipt. The office number is 615-904-3790. The fax number is 615-904-3791 ~ email is sandidged@rcschools.net or supakhanj@rcschools.net.
 

What grade levels will be offered? 

  • RCVS will serve students in grades 3-12 for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

What platform will be used?

  • RCVS has partnered with Connections Education, a division of the global education leader, Pearson, which has delivered successful virtual school instruction to hundreds of thousands of students in the last decade for our high school courses. Connections Education is accredited by AdvancED, an organization representing 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in 65 countries. Elementary and middle school grades will be served by our own Rutherford County school teachers using the schoology platform.

 

What are the parental responsibilities?

  • Parents serve as personal, face-to-face Learning Coaches responsible for their children’s day-to-day activities. A Learning Coach provides the structure a student needs by establishing and managing the daily routine. The Learning Coach also helps monitor attendance and ensures that the student attends state examinations as required.  
    • Elementary Grades: In grades 3–5, students require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the online classroom. Learning Coaches can expect to:
      • Devote about two to four hours per day overseeing their students’ schoolwork
      • Set the daily schedule with varied activities and breaks
      • Assist with lessons and communicate frequently with the teacher
      • Help monitor student progress and comprehension
    • Middle School Grades: As students become more independent and responsible in grades 6–8, Learning Coaches “step back” a bit, and subject-specific teachers “step in” to provide expert online instruction and offline support in math, language arts, science, social studies, and an array of electives. Learning Coaches support this transition to more independent learning as they:
      • Oversee schoolwork for one to two hours per day
      • Assist with some lessons
      • Monitor student comprehension and grades
      • Refer students to teachers as needed
      • Communicate regularly with teachers
    • High School Grades: In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future options. Learning Coaches encourage their students’ growing independence as they:
      • Commit about thirty minutes per day to overseeing schoolwork
      • Verify that lessons and assignments are completed
      • Communicate with teachers, referring students to teachers for help when needed
      • Attend regular teacher conferences
 

Will clubs and sports be offered?

  • We will offer several sports through a co-op partnership with Central Magnet next school year. Students will be able to try out for the sports at Central Magnet. Those sports include: Baseball, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Golf, Cross Country, Track, Cheerleading, Dance, Archery, & Swimming. We also plan to have several sports coached by our own RCVS teachers. Those possible sports include: tennis, bowling, wrestling, and soccer. There will also be many clubs based on student interest for the upcoming school year. 

 

What does a school day look like?  

  • Our high school classes operate on a 4 x 4 block schedule in which students take four 90-minute classes every day and finish a course in one semester rather a full school year. Each elementary and middle school student will have the same number of classes that the traditional schools have with the same learning commitments. However, because all courses are online, your class schedule is more flexible. Your class begins when you login online and ends when you log out. Our online curriculum is rigorous and engaging. There will be several live-session lessons each week. All courses are taught by our highly qualified staff of Tennessee-certified teachers. You will also have a school guidance counselor and principal for all communication needs.

 

Is there a tuition fee? 

  • There is no cost for Rutherford County residents enrolled as a full-time Virtual School student.

 

Will there be required books or learning supplements that cost money?

  • All texts and supplements are supplied.

 

Who is my teacher?

  • Your teacher for each course is a Tennessee state-certified teacher who has experience teaching online courses.

 

Is the Rutherford County Virtual School Accredited?

  • The Rutherford County Virtual School is a program offered by the Rutherford County School District and online learning leader Connections Education. RCVS is a TN state-approved school and Connections Education is accredited by AdvancED.

 

Can students with IEPs (Individualized Learning Plans) participate?

  • Yes, Rutherford County Virtual School is a public school and adheres to the requirements set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as TN Statute and Rule.

 

Can we return to the regular school mid-year?

  • With limited spots for enrollment, we are asking all students to give the Virtual School a one-year commitment.

 

Can a student at one of the traditional Rutherford County high schools take a single Virtual School class in order to recover credits that he/she failed?

  • Yes, we will be partnering with all Rutherford County High Schools to allow students take an “a la carte” class in which he/she has failed or wants to get ahead with. Those students can be enrolled at any of the high schools within Rutherford County. These classes will have a fee associated with enrollment.