Program-Specific Questions

  • How will the Early College Academy (ECA) program work during the virtual semester?

    Our ECA program will continue virtually, as Reynolds Community College is fully virtual this fall. Courses will begin on August 24, and will run, as usual, from 8:30 am – 11:30 am each day. Students who have been accepted into the ECA program will have an orientation with their ECA Coaches on August 20 (for Juniors) or August 21 (for Seniors). If you have any further questions about the ECA program, please contact Candace Veney-Chaplin at cveney@rvaschools.net.

    How will Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB-DP) programs work during the virtual semester?

    AP courses will be offered, as normal, at the high school level. Because RPS is shifting to a “4x4” schedule (4 courses per semester), we will prioritize scheduling AP courses for the fall semester. To prepare students for the AP exams in May, we will continue to offer our AP Saturday Success Academy in the spring.

    IB-DP courses will also be offered, as normal. Students will be expected to complete the Extended Essay, the Theory of Knowledge course, and all requirements under Community, Action & Service. In the event IB exams are not reinstated for the 2020-21 school year, students will be encouraged to take, when possible, the associated AP exams so they have the opportunity to earn college credit.

    Will honors courses be offered this fall? 

    Yes.

    Will the SPACE program be offered?

    Yes. Students in the SPACE program will continue to receive a minimum of 30 minutes per week with their SPACE teacher. They will also have access to asynchronous lessons on Wednesday afternoons when teachers will be engaged in planning and professional development.

    Will students still be able to take courses through the Richmond Technical Center this fall?

    Yes. We will be using interactive software to provide virtual instruction. Any courses that absolutely require hands-on instruction or practicum hours will be scheduled for the spring semester.