Henrico’s first virtual school
For some of our students, virtual learning has offered the flexibility, individualized environment and focus to reach new heights. In keeping with our goal of helping every student achieve academic excellence, Henrico County Public Schools is proud to present families and students with an exciting new option beginning in the 2021-22 school year: the Henrico Virtual Academy, or HVA. This entirely virtual learning environment will enroll Henrico County students in grades K-12, attending classes virtually using a mix of synchronous (“live”) and asynchronous (independent, or “not live”) learning. Any student residing in Henrico County may apply.
Is the HVA right for my child? Families are encouraged to use the Henrico Virtual Academy Online Learning Reflection Tool to ensure that virtual learning is the best option.
Courses: The academic program at the Henrico Virtual Academy will offer courses taught by licensed HCPS teachers who have excelled in the virtual environment.
- Elementary students attending the HVA will have access to the same courses as our in-person elementary learners.
- At the secondary level (middle and high schools), students will have rigorous and engaging options like their peers in a traditional setting. Secondary course options at the HVA will include accelerated courses, select honors courses, and high school Advanced Placement courses across content areas. Students will be able to select from a variety of elective courses, world language courses, career and technical education courses, and fine arts courses. Please view our list of middle and high school virtual course offerings for more information.
Important note: The HVA is a distinct offering from HCPS specialty centers. HVA students always have the option to apply to specialized centers via the regular application process during the application window. However, students who are accepted and enroll in the Gifted Young Scholars Academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, an International Baccalaureate program or a high school specialty center will attend those centers in person.
Co-curricular and extracurricular activities:
Middle school athletics and Virginia High School League activities and athletics will be available to students in person through their zoned school. Other activities and clubs will be available to students online through the Henrico Virtual Academy. Time will be built into the schedule to enable students to participate in online clubs centered on specific interests as a way to foster social interactions and connections.
Nurturing the whole child:
Just as at HCPS’ in-person schools, the Henrico Virtual Academy will be committed to nurturing the whole child and ensuring that students have opportunities to develop cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally. HVA students will have access to the same student support and wellness services as those attending school in person, including comprehensive school counseling services, school psychological services, school social work services, behavior support and extended learning opportunities.
Families and students will enjoy virtual and in-person events, such as spirit nights, online and recorded information sessions, guest speakers and more. The HVA will establish its own Parent Teacher Association. Additionally, a Parent Advisory Council and Student Advisory Councils will be established to help drive the needs of the school. Each month, families will be invited to attend a “principal’s coffee” to ask questions and provide feedback.
After families complete the Online Learning Reflection Tool, students are invited to apply to the Henrico Virtual Academy. Students enrolling in the academy will commit to attend the fully virtual school for one year. Each year, families and students will have an opportunity to decide if they would like to continue in the HVA for the following year or transfer back to their zoned school. Information about how to apply will be communicated on or before May 7, which is when the application window opens.
- Review information about the HVA and complete the online learning reflection tool as a family. Determine if online learning is the best option for your family for the 2021-22 school year.
- May 6: Henrico Virtual Academy information session for students and families from 6-7 p.m. Use this link to participate virtually via Microsoft Teams on May 6.
- May 7-21: Application window.
- June 4: Students and families notified of acceptance on or before this date.
- Student scheduling
For additional details about the Henrico Virtual Academy, visit this Frequently Asked Questions document, which will be updated regularly.