Common Questions and Answers
What is the enrollment process for the Virtual School?
- Students will complete the application and essay. A birth certificate and proof of residency will also need to be turned in prior to the start of school. Once complete, email to the school principal, Jessica Supakhan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop the completed application to Rutherford County Board of Education: 2240 Southpark Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37128. The application deadline is July 17, 2020. Interviews with all applicants will be scheduled for the week of July 20-24, 2020. All families will receive a phone call by July 27th, indicating the status of enrollment, ie: accepted, not eligible or waiting list.
How many students will be accepted?
- We will be accepting 100 students for the 2020-2021 school year with plans to increase that number in future years.
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. 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.
Will clubs and sports be offered?
- There will be several clubs based on student interest for the upcoming school year, however zoned-school extracurricular activities and sports will not be in place for the 2020-2021 school year.
What grade levels will be offered?
- RCVS will serve students in grades 6-12 for the 2020-2021 school year.
What does a school day look like?
- Each 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. Those students can be enrolled at any of the high schools within Rutherford County. These classes will have a fee and will not be included in the Virtual School 100 student cap.