Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy delivers a personalized learning experience to develop a learner’s plan, pathway, and passion for their future through a remote environment.
Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy (CRVA) Encompasses…
Learner Agency: Learners are active participants in the design, experience, and outcomes of their educational journey through an innovative digital learning environment.
Personalized, Relevant, and Contextualized: Learners build on their passions, strengths, needs, family, culture, and community.
Open Walled: Learners capitalize on learning in different places, times, and environments.
Competency-Based: Learners work toward competency and mastery of standards at different paces.
Socially Embedded: Learners experience meaningful relationships and learning with family, peers, experts, and community members
“As a student with a day job, I needed to take my classes online, and CRVA is an amazing option for students in need of flexibility in their acadmic careers.”CRVA senior
Local, rigorous, flexible, and supportive educational environment that meets our students’ unique needs and ensures students are college & career ready.
What do CRVA students do?
Students complete online courses within the semester school calendar. Synchronous courses are taught by Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) teachers using CRCSD developed curriculum. Asynchronous courses are offered through Edgenuity (no prior experience with Edgenuity is needed) for students in grades 6-12. CRVA students will receive a district device while enrolled in the program.
Students enroll in courses that meet state and district standards and can graduate with a high school diploma just like any other high school in the state.
How many courses do CRCSD High School (9-12) CRVA students take?
Current Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) students in grades 9-12 during the 2020-21 school year can elect to be a full-time or part-time student. Full-time students must take at least 5 CRVA courses per semester. Depending on credit needs, seniors may be permitted to take 4 courses. Current CRCSD students who opt for part-time will take classes at their local high school and up to 3 CRVA courses. CRVA part-time and full-time students can still join clubs, play sports, and participate in a variety of activities offered at their local high school.
How many courses do CRCSD Middle School (6-8) CRVA students take?
Current Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) students in grades 6-8 during the 2020-21 school year can enroll full-time (5 to 7 courses) in CRVA and will not take additional classes at their local school. Alternatively, students with a full schedule at their current middle school can elect to take one class with CRVA. CRVA students can still join clubs, play sports, and participate in a variety of activities offered at their local middle school.
How many courses do Open Enrollment CRVA students in grades 6-12 take?
Students who open enroll into CRVA must enroll in at least 5 courses per semester and will be considered full-time Cedar Rapids Community School District students. Depending on credit needs, seniors may be permitted to take 4 courses. However, students are still eligible to participate in two extracurricular activities at their resident school.
When do CRVA students complete their courses?
CRVA students can figure out the daily and weekly schedule that works best for them, but all courses must be completed within CRCSD’s semester schedule. We follow the Cedar Rapids Community School District calendar, including all holiday breaks. In 2021-22, the Fall semester starts August 23, and the Spring semester starts January 12.
Are Cedar Rapids Virtual Academy classes NCAA approved for student-athletes who want to compete at the collegiate level?
No. Because CRVA’s current instructional model for students is asynchronous (meaning students can learn at their own individual pace rather than at the pace of a teacher), CRVA courses do not currently meet the requirements for NCAA accreditation, which requires regularly scheduled classes with students. This is only an issue if your child intends to play college-level sports at the D1 or D2 level. For the vast majority of students, NCAA accreditation has no impact on their high school course selection, but CRVA is working to adjust our instructional model for the 21-22 school year to meet the expectations of the NCAA for those students who may want it for college athletic eligibility.
I’m ready to enroll. How do I get started?
Students enrolling from outside the CRCSD district must complete the Open Enrollment form before March 1, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. Our “How to Enroll” page includes the forms you need and more details about the process.
Current CRCSD students need to contact their current counselor to get registered with CRVA.