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Fall 2016

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CodeRVA: Re-Imagining High School Susan Dandridge with contributions by Michael F. Bolling, Yvonne W. Brandon, and James F. Lane Susan Dandridge serves as the grants coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Her involvement with CodeRVA High School began in spring 2015 when she developed the regional collaborative's Innovative High School Program grant application to the Virginia Department of Education. Susan received a B.A. from William and Mary, a M.A. from Purdue University and a Master of Public Administration from VCU. Introduction Spurred by a 2015 Virginia Department of Education grant competition to design an innovative high school experience that also addresses local workforce needs, a working group of representatives from ten school divisions in Region 1, area universities, and community colleges came together under the leadership CodeRVA is a new regional public high school opening in September 2017 in Richmond, VA. Focused on computer science, the school will offer the opportunity to complete high school requirements through blended and online learning, earn college credits, and participate in paid work experience. The intent is that students will emerge at the end of four years with a high school diploma, an associates degree, one or more industry certifications, and as much as 400 hours of work experience. Application is open to all 8th grade students and enrollment is by lottery selection. There are no pre-requisites other than interest and commitment. 2016 Vol. 13 Virginia Educational Leadership vascd.org 51

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