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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

about Riverside Virtual School (RVS)

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How do I enroll?

Who can enroll?

When can students enroll?

Am I going to be on my own when taking online classes?

Do I need to know how to use a computer?

How much does it cost to attend?

Who are the teachers?

What type of technology do students need?

How is Riverside Virtual School different from a traditional school?

What if my child is an advanced (gifted) learner or a struggling learner?

Are there opportunities to be involved at the neighborhood schools?

Do you have a physical location? or are you only available online?

How often do students attend or check-in at the Educational Options Center?

Are there other schools at the Educational Options Center?

Will my child have social opportunities with other students?

What type of student is a good fit for Riverside Virtual School?

How much parental involvement is required?

What curriculum is used?

Is Riverside Virtual School Accredited?

How will my education be personalized?

What opportunities/special programs do you offer?

Can I really go at my own pace?

Are there attendance requirements?

Will colleges/universities accept students who graduate from Riverside Virtual School?

Does RVS offer AP classes?

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How do I enroll?

Please contact your school of attendance to request that they submit an electronic application to us. We will contact you or you may contact us at (951) 276-7670 to schedule a time to complete the testing requirement. Enrollment at RVS is subject to a Math and English NWEA MAP test (for 4th-12th graders) to be administered at the Educational Options Center campus. After minimum levels of competency have been demonstrated, an appointment will be scheduled with an administrator or counselor to get you enrolled into RVS and into your classes.

Who can enroll?

Any 1st through 12th grade student residing within Riverside Unified may enroll at Riverside Virtual School. Students who reside outside of Riverside Unified need to complete inter-district transfer paperwork with their current district of residence before they are able to enroll.


If a student has an IEP, the IEP team must consent to independent study at RVS and determine that it is an appropriate placement for the student. Please contact your school’s IEP team prior to enrolling at Riverside Virtual School (RVS).

When can students enroll?

It is recommended to start the enrollment process between March - June, prior to the school year you are seeking enrollment. Enrollment is ongoing so students can enroll throughout the summer or transfer to Riverside Virtual School at any time during the school year based upon space availability. Students can also transfer back to their school of residence at any time if they feel that Riverside Virtual School is not fully meeting their needs.

Am I going to be on my own when taking online classes?

No. You have support from many sources when you take online courses at RVS. Your content instructor is the first person to contact when you have any questions related to your course. Communication is the key to success.  Every student has an advisory teacher (AT) who oversees the academic plan and meets weekly with the student to monitor progress. RVS students also have a variety of tutors, labs/seminars, and programs to assist students with their academic work. Back To Top

Do I need to know how to use a computer?

RVS teachers provide training for the specific tools used in their courses. However, students taking online courses should have basic computer skills.  If you need to learn basic computer and Internet skills, please let the school know when registering. Arrangements can be made to accommodate students new to computers and the internet.

How much does it cost to attend?

Riverside Virtual School is a public school operated by Riverside Unified School District. There is no tuition.

Who are the teachers?

Highly qualified and fully credentialed teachers from Riverside Unified are carefully selected to provide students with a rigorous and engaging learning experience.

What type of technology do students need?

Students are encouraged to use their personal computer or tablet if available. Devices are also available for use at Riverside Virtual School and students can check out a device from the Library Resource Center if they do not have access to one at home.  

How is Riverside Virtual School different from a traditional school?

Student learning at Riverside Virtual School is substantially equivalent in quality and quantity to traditional classroom instruction. The primary difference is that Riverside Virtual School students have increased flexibility and most work is completed online. Students can work and learn at their own pace, from any location, and at any time. Students at RVS also enjoy the personalized attention they receive from their teachers.

What if my child is an advanced (gifted) learner or a struggling learner?

Our teachers work carefully with students to personalize the instruction to ensure maximum learning and student success. We challenge all students to stretch to reach their full academic potential. Back To Top

Are there opportunities to be involved at the neighborhood schools?

Yes, middle and high school students (7th-12th) can be dually enrolled at Riverside Virtual School and their Riverside Unified school of residence. They may also participate in after school sports and other extracurricular activities at that school.


Elementary students can participate in PE, music, art, and other events at their elementary school of residence. Note that dual-enrollment is subject to approval by the administration of Riverside Virtual School and the school of residence.

Do you have a physical location? Or are you only available online?

We have a school campus within the Educational Options Center at 6401 Lincoln Ave. directly across the street from Gage Middle School. RVS labs, seminars, and tutoring all operate at this location.

How often do students attend or check-in at the Educational Options Center?

Many parents think that being online means there is no face-to-face interaction with their teacher. At Riverside Virtual School, we require students to meet with their advisory teacher once a week. Most classes also have required lab hours, workshops, or seminars. You can expect to be required to be on campus for at least 4-6 hours per week. If you require special accommodation for your schedule, we will do our best to work with you. Some students prefer to come to campus to do their work. The campus is open from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm on all regularly scheduled RUSD calendar school days.

Are there other schools at the Educational Options Center?

Yes, there are four schools located at the Educational Options Center. The other 3 schools are Raincross (a continuation high school), Summit View (an independent study school), and Opportunity (an alternative school).

Will my child have social opportunities with other students?

Students will have an opportunity to work with other students during weekly labs and seminars. In addition, RVS takes several field trips throughout the year that provide opportunities for social interaction with other students. The Educational Options Center has a handful of clubs, sports, and activities in which students can choose to participate.


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What type of student is a good fit for Riverside Virtual School?

Students should be able to read at grade level and have the ability to work independently. Students should also have a basic level of computer skills.

How much parental involvement is required?

As with any schooling, parents should take an active role in their child’s education. At RVS, we expect that parents will ensure their child is actively working on their classes and seeking help when needed.

What curriculum is used?

Teachers follow the same curriculum framework that is used throughout RUSD. Most courses are written online by our experienced faculty.

Is Riverside Virtual School Accredited?

Yes, RVS is WASC accredited. Our courses are UC A-G approved and NCAA approved.

How will my education be personalized?

Each student will create a personalized learning plan with their advisory teacher. This ensures that students will receive the education that is right for them. Students at RVS also have the opportunity to move faster through the units that they understand, and spend more time on the units they may be struggling with. In traditional schools, students are required to go at the same pace as their peers. Our flexible environment personalizes the educational experience for each of our students.

What opportunities/special programs do you offer?

At RVS, 7th graders complete what is called the Passion Project. Students use part of their school time to research something they are passionate about and at the end of the year, present their findings to their community. They may research any topic in an academic manner, from journal photography to baseball statistics. We use TED-Ed Club materials to guide the students on the journey to discovering their passion.


International Business Pathway offers students the opportunity to learn the many facets of conducting business globally. Students will be given the opportunity to earn several certificates as they progress through their classes.

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Can I really go at my own pace?

Middle School students are afforded the opportunity to accelerate through Math and Spanish (Spanish is 8th Grade only). High School RVS students are afforded the opportunity to move at their own pace through most classes. However, your Personalized Learning Plan will include a minimum amount of work that should be completed. Many students have accelerated their learning by moving through a class faster than normal. Students who are not meeting the minimum pace may be required to attend a meeting with the parent and advisory teacher to find out why the minimum pace is not being maintained. Students who continue to not meet minimum requirements will need to meet with their parent(s), the advisory teacher and an administrator and may need to discuss a change in program/school.

Are there attendance requirements?

Attendance is calculated based upon the amount of work that is completed and turned in weekly. Upon enrollment, the student and parent sign an RVS Independent Study agreement including conditions such as minimum levels of work completion. If the agreement is not adhered to, the student may be moved from RVS to another program at EOC or asked to return to their school of residence.

Will colleges/universities accept students who graduate from Riverside Virtual School?

Yes, many students have graduated and are attending colleges and university all over the US. RVS is fully accredited.

Does RVS offer AP classes?

Yes. We have a variety of AP classes in all subjects. If a course is not offered on campus, students may take courses through RUSD’s Supplemental program.

I have other questions that are not answered here. What should I do?

Please call (951)276-7670 to find out more or to schedule a visit.

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