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Our Story

In March 2020, in response to the COVID 19 global pandemic, schools across the nation were forced to close school building doors and open the possibility to new ways of imagining what school could be.  As schools began to determine pathways to safely reopen its doors the following year, the Richmond Virtual Academy was launched in May 2021 to support the needs of families interested in remaining in a virtual learning setting.  While our school division has reopened its brick and mortar doors, RPS remains committed to being intentional about keeping the door open to the merits of the virtual learning experience. This year, we are proud to launch for its third year the Richmond Virtual Academy, home of the RVA Owls where online learning is a hoot!  We are also proud to officially launch as a school of record for the 2023-2024 school year!

Our Design

Our programs each year are exciting and structured to ensure that all our kids continue to receive a well-rounded and challenging education. Our standards and expectations remain high! As always, our number one goal is providing our students with a quality educational experience in a safe, caring, and nurturing environment. We aim to ensure all instructors are fully credentialed and continuous professional development and collaborative opportunities are built into our yearly schedule. Our elementary and middle school curricular programs are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning and our students taking high school credit courses receive instruction from Virtual Virginia, an external partner that works directly with the Virginia Department of Education. 

Our N.E.S.T.

At Richmond Virtual Academy, learning is the number one priority for our  N.E.S.T.  NEST is an acronym that stands for the following:  Nurturing Educational Support Team.   The NEST is composed of teachers and instructional support staff that ensure students have what they need to engage in deeper learning.  Our students are K-12 learners and they are at the center of our mission and vision for the Richmond Virtual Academy.  We believe that when our NEST is at its best, we promote a positive learning experience for all of the students, staff, and families we serve!

Our Mission

Our mission at Richmond Virtual Academy is to provide a safe, enthusiastic, and creative online learning environment where student success is our highest priority. We believe that an online learning environment with a rigorous and engaging curriculum prepares students for success in an ever increasing technological and global society. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Richmond Virtual Academy is an online learning experience in a nurturing environment that is focused on cultivating the social, emotional, and academic well being of every Kindergarten-12th grade student enrolled in the program. 

RVA Cheat Sheet

Please read through our RVA Family Handbook for more information!

RVA Family Handbook - English

RVA Family Handbook - Spanish

All Correspondence Should Go To:

The Richmond Virtual Academy Office
Henderson Middle School (Room 209)
4319 Old Brook Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

(804) 228-3277