Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Rural Virtual Academy?
The RVA is a public school option for families wishing to have their children attend school from home. This home-based education is upheld by a fully- licensed teachers and other support staff.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to attend the RVA. The RVA is a public school supported by the taxpayers of Wisconsin the same as any other public school.
How do I get my child enrolled into the RVA?
There are multiple ways, depending on where you live.
To determine the best way to get your child enrolled in the RVA, the easiest and fastest way is to start by giving us a call. You can reach us toll free at 1.888.801.2666
Will you provide a computer?
Yes. The RVA will loan a laptop computer to each family enrolled. The computer is preloaded with both hardware and software required for school.
Do I need to have internet access?
Yes. The RVA will provide a stipend up to $75 per month for basic home internet access. It is recommended that a high-speed connection be made to the home in order to support the animations and interactions included in many of the RVA's programs.
Who provides the instruction?
The students will receive their instruction through a combination of both on-line software and teaching materials delivered to their home. Curriculum is provided through companies such as Calvert Educational Services, Lincoln Learning, the Wisconsin eSchool Network, & Odysseyware. High school students can receive daily direct instruction from teachers in all core subject areas.
Do the students at the RVA ever get to be together?
Social events and field trips are scheduled regularly throughout the school year. In an average year over 100 different events are held to bring students and families together. We encourage all students and family members to participate in all school activities.
Who grades my child's progress?
The RVA teacher will test the students to measure progress in all academic areas. Also, students will be required to take both a Fall and Spring standardized tests in at least Math and Reading from their teachers. Additionally, RVA students all required to participate in State exams.
What subjects are taught by the RVA?
The curriculum covers all of the basic subject areas including: reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Also, there are numerous additional acceleration and remediation curriculum options as well as elective courses all designed to support individual student's needs and allow them to explore classes they may be interested in.