Information for Currently Enrolled Students

  • Important Dates

    Fall:

    • Fall session (semester 1) August 23rd and ends December 6th
    • Teachers will begin contacting students and families the week of August 14th
    • Drop without penalty dates are as follows:
      • COURSE TYPE

        DROP DATE

        FULL YEAR COURSES

        Regular RCPSOnline Academy

        6 weeks after the course has begun

        SEMESTER COURSES

        Regular RCPSOnline Academy  

        3 week after the course has begun

        Chemistry, Biology II, AP Biology,

        AP Chemistry, AP Physics, world languages, and

        any mathematics course

        5 days after the end of the first nine weeks for 1st semester RCPS Online Academy courses

        5 days after the end of the 3rd nine weeks for 2nd semester RCPS Online Academy courses

        Dual enrollment courses

        Follow VWCC policy

    • NO REFUNDS MAY BE ISSUED AFTER COURSE BEGINS

    Spring:

    • Spring session (semester 2) begins January 17th and ends May 8th
    • Teachers will begin contacting students and families on January 8th
    • Drop without penalty dates are as follows:
      • COURSE TYPE

        DROP DATE

        FULL YEAR COURSES  

        Regular RCPSOnline Academy

        6 weeks after the course has begun

        SEMESTER COURSES

        Regular RCPSOnline Academy  

        3 weeks after the course has begun

        Chemistry, Biology II, AP Biology,

        AP Chemistry, AP Physics, world languages, and

        any mathematics course

        5 days after the end of the first nine weeks for 1st semester RCPS Online Academy courses

        5 days after the end of the 3rd nine weeks for 2nd semester RCPS Online Academy courses

        Dual enrollment courses

        Follow VWCC policy

    • NO REFUNDS MAY BE ISSUED AFTER COURSE BEGINS

    Important Reminders

    • Fulltime or part-time Academy enrollment is a year-long commitment. Students cannot transition back to face-to-face instruction after September 14th. This is due to the difference in scheduling – face-to-face classes operate on an A/B block for the full year, while the online classes are one-semester classes, much like college (certain dual enrollment and world language classes are full-year).
    • For second semester, if adequate progress is not made by February 8th, the student must report to his or her base school and complete their online course(s) under supervision.
    • Please make sure student and parent/guardian email addresses and phone numbers are correct in Synergy – contact your school counseling department if you are unsure.
    • Email is the primary mode of communication and students are expected to email with teachers regularly.

    Additional Academy and Course Information

    • Laptops, books, or other required resources are available shortly before the course starts and are picked up at a student’s base school.
      • Teachers will communicate with you if you need physical books or other resources. Most classes use digital resources but there are a few exceptions.
      • If you have an issue with your school laptop, please make an appointment with your school to take it in.
    • Academy courses are asynchronous.
      • This means that a student does not log on for live instruction and that the schedule is different than the regular school schedule.
      • The only exception is for certain world language classes where students meet two or three times a week online for a speaking component.
      • This also means that the classes are largely self-paced, which requires a student to stay organized and diligent about working every day to avoid getting behind.
    • Class grades are kept in either Blackboard, Synergy, or both.
      • You will find a current grade and percent of course completed in StudentVue and ParentVue. These will be updated weekly.
      • Specific information about assignments can only be found in Blackboard.
    • Be proactive in your communication with teachers.
      • If you have questions, need help, will be absent for a period of time, experience technology issues, or anything else that would cause you to fall behind, please notify your teacher as soon as possible.
    • Pay attention to the information posted in each class – it may be different from class to class.
      • Read all directions carefully.
      • Pay attention to due dates and times.
      • Make sure you understand how to submit work.
      • Read all directions carefully (repeated for emphasis!)
      • Contact your teacher for clarity about anything you don’t understand