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Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy options are available for eligible students in all grade levels during the 2021-2022 school year.

Roanoke City Schools provides, through its Virtual Academy, the opportunity for both live (synchronous) and on-demand (asynchronous) instruction. Each student has access to live and on-demand classes, course work, supplemental resources, and the ability to contact their teacher through their Canvas page. Teachers are also available for questions and additional resources to enhance each student’s learning. 

Kindergarten – 8th Grade

The pandemic has taught us the value and importance of in-person instruction, particularly for those students in elementary and middle schools. Therefore, Virtual Virginia will be utilized for students residing in the City of Roanoke who choose to remain virtual.

High School iAccelerate Virtual Academy

Applications for the 2021-22 school year have closed.

Roanoke City Public Schools is pleased to announce the availability of the new iAccelerate Virtual Learning Academy for the 2021-2022 academic year. The iAccelerate academy will offer students the flexibility of completing coursework in a virtual environment through a mix of asynchronous (independent) work and required synchronous (live) instruction meetings with a teacher and classmates in a digital learning community. It is a standalone program providing Roanoke City Schools’ students and families with a high-quality learning experience, rigorous coursework, and strong connections with teachers.

At this time, the iAccelerate Virtual Academy is prepared to offer courses which fulfill requirements for student seeking a standard diploma only. 


Students interested in attending iAccelerate Virtual Academy for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year must have proof of Roanoke City residency, access to reliable internet, and meet the following eligibility requirements to ensure their success:

  • Passed at least 5 courses the previous school year.High school aged students must have an average GPA of 3.0 for the 2020-2021 school year. Incoming 9th grade students should have received A’s and B’s throughout the 2020-2021 school year in all classes.
  • Attended at least 90% of synchronous sessions in the previous school year.
  • Possess basic computer skills including keyboarding and email.
  • Have familiarity with Teams and Canvas programs.
  • Show past academic success in a virtual learning environment.
  • Are self-starters with excellent time-management skills.

All students must commit to at least one full semester of virtual instruction through iAccelerate and at the end of each semester, student eligibility for iAccelerate will be reassessed.

If a student has an active IEP, 504 Plan, or LEP Plan, the district will work with the parents-guardians to determine if the document requires an amendment for virtual learning.

Students enrolled in iAccelerate are eligible to participate in all extra-curricular activities including athletics (must be in good standing according to VHSL regulations) and school-based events.

Academic Supplies Needed for iAccelerate:

RCPS will provide the educational materials like laptops, textbooks, and course-specific instructional materials. Families must have reliable internet access

Testing Expectations:

For courses with state mandated or course-specific exams (SOL tests, WorkKeys, and CTE certifications), students will be administered tests, in-person at their home high school (Patrick Henry or William Fleming).

iAccelerate School Calendar and Schedule:

iAccelerate will follow the Roanoke City Public Schools posted calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here to view the calendar. High school students will follow a regular, daily schedule each week, meaning students will meet with teachers on a regular basis for synchronous instruction.

For assistance regarding Virtual Academy please call (540) 853-2876.


Your child's schedule is available in StudentVue or on the calendar in Canvas. The times should be included or if your student is in Elementary School the times did not change. If you have any questions, you are of course welcome to email or call your Principal.

Technology Assistance

Students participating in the Virtual Academy who experience technology problems can click here for information on how to contact the IT Department for assistance.

Additional Resources for Students

Check Out Books

Roanoke City Public Libraries offers a variety of ways to check out books, including digital books! You can find information on their Internet Resources by clicking here.

Take Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips are also a great opportunity for students to explore places of historical significance from the comfort of home!

Questions to ask students about these tours:   

  • If you were going to visit this place, what part would you be most excited to see?
  • Who would you want to take with you on your trip, and why?
  • What questions do you have about this location or the events that occurred there?

Below are examples of a few of our favorites:

Literacy + Content Resources

  • Newsela:  This website allows students to change the reading level of current news articles so it is appropriate for their reading level. Students can pick from a wide variety of articles including politics, technology, science, and more!
  • CNN10:  Formerly known as the CNN Student News, this is a daily and objective 10-minute video that explores current events, geography, technology, and economics.
  • iCivics Family Resources:  ICivics is a great resource that helps students understand our democratic system and their role in it. These activities are designed to be completed at home.
  • iCivics Games:  We love all of these games! Our absolute favorite is Win the White House. Students run their own presidential campaign in an effort to win the Electoral College and be elected President!
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