Grades 9-12 only
Taking classes online erases the barriers of time and place, allowing students to participate in “anytime/anyplace learning.” The RCPS Virtual High School (VHS) is a program that allows students to work independently. VHS classes are offered in three sessions, summer, fall, and spring, and students will complete an entire course in one session. Summer session begins and ends around the same time as traditional face-to-face summer school and runs approximately six-weeks. The fall session begins roughly two weeks after the regular school year begins and runs for approximately 12 weeks ending before Winter Break. The spring session begins in early February and runs for approximately 12 weeks. VHS courses are open to any rising 9th–12th grade student, provided they meet the criteria for the class. Students must have access to a computer with Internet access and an email account to participate in the VHS. Laptop computers are currently made available to RCPS high school students during the school year, but computers are not issued to students during the summer months. As with face-to-face classes, the availability of virtual classes is contingent on sufficient course enrollment.
The RCPS VHS program includes both NO-COST VIRTUAL courses and tuition-based SUPPLEMENTAL VIRTUAL courses. Any RCPS high school student may take two no-cost virtual courses per academic year. No-cost virtual courses must be part of the student’s eight period schedule and are not available during the summer. Supplemental virtual courses are tuition-based and allow a student to take more than eight classes for credit in an academic year. More specific information is available from your school counselor.
It is important to remember that online learning requires the students to be independent, motivated learners.
For students to be successful in an online course, the following components should be present:
• avoid procrastinating behavior;
• possess motivation to learn;
• possess the ability to follow written directions;
• learn independently;
• have access to an online service that is reliable;
• have access to a reliable computer equipped with MS Word, MS PowerPoint, a printer, and free Adobe Acrobat Reader;
• possess a working knowledge of technology, including Internet research skills and skilled use of the above software;
• communicate effectively with their instructor regarding subject matter and any other problem.
• read and comprehend a variety of written communications.
Registration for NO-COST VHS courses takes place only during the registration period and may not be added after the window closes. The only exception is for newly enrolled students. Students enrolling in NO-COST VHS courses will be assigned fall or spring session depending on course and instructor availability. Students may not request a specific session.
Students may register for SUPPLEMENTAL VHS courses at any time during the school year. Registration for a SUPPLEMENTAL VHS course is not complete until tuition is paid in full. Students enrolled in an online SOL course are required to take the corresponding SOL test. Summer session students will take the SOL test at the regular summer school location during the scheduled testing time. Fall or spring session students will take the SOL test at their base school during the scheduled testing time. The drop-without-penalty date for any VHS course is two weeks from the beginning of the course. Students dropping an RCPS VHS course after the drop date will receive a failing grade. No tuition refunds will be given after the course begins.
Students should consult with their school counselor to see if they are an appropriate candidate for online learning.
Online courses have no exam exemptions.
The following online classes are offered:
½ Credit Courses $225.00*
Health 9(Special circumstance only) V7320
Health 10 (Special circumstance only) V7420
1 Credit Courses $400.00*
Completed in one session
**AP English 11 V1196
English 11 CB V1150
English 12 CB V1160
**AP English 12 V1195
US/VA History V2360
US/VA Government V2440
**AP Psychology (Supplemental only) V2902
Algebra II V3135
Earth Science V4210
Economics & Personal Finance V6120
Requires both fall and spring sessions
US/VA Government (Dual Enrollment) V2440D
*All supplemental courses may be dropped for full refund prior to the first day of the course. No refunds will be issued once the course has begun.
**AP Exams will not be administered until spring.
Additional courses may become available via VHS as the courses are developed.
Registration for Virtual High School Spring Session is now open and will remain open until February 14, 2014.
The spring 2014 session runs from February 19th to May 21st.
See your school counselor to register!
This registration will take place at the student’s base school for Roanoke County School students. Out-of-county students must contact the Coordinator of Virtual High School.
The following courses will be offered in the spring session.
*student must sit for the course SOL test
VHS tuition -
1 Credit Courses:
.5 Credit Courses
For more information, please contact your school counselor or Joe LeGault at the contact information below.
540-562-3900 x 10252
Joe LeGault, Coordinator of English and Virtual High School