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Our Design

Joy in Learning

RFA students learn how to learn. They engage in learning that makes them think deeply and delve into challenging text and math problems like detectives. They experiment, write, problem­solve, and research independently and with their peers and adults to learn Common Core State Standards and to answer their questions about themselves and the world around them. It’s the challenges that make them grow and discover who they are.



21st Century Skills

The potential benefits of using technology for young children’s learning and development are well documented. As technology becomes easier to use, we educators have a responsibility to critically examine the impact of technology on children and be prepared to use technology to benefit children. All RFA students will be provided with a tablet or laptop beginning in Kindergarten.

Structured Learning 

High-performing schools echo the same core belief about building a successful school: a highly disciplined culture is integral to establishing an environment where students can achieve high levels. RFA leaders, faculty, and staff, will build structure through explicit processes, procedures, rituals, and routines that are consistent in every classroom and hallway.



Whole Child Focus 

Research shows that students who engage in social­emotional learning demonstrate better academic performance, positive attitudes, and reduced stress. RFA students will attend school in an environment catered to developing their emotional intelligence and healthy relationships with themselves and others, using The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Core Competencies.

Achievement Based 

To be critical thinkers and succeed academically, students must have skills and content “already known, and to achieve mastery students must have rigorous instruction and supports to develop that skill and knowledge base. Our teachers will develop rigorously designed curricula that are aligned with Virginia’s common core state standards. 



Inclusive Education

RFA’s programming offers all the choices that excellent education provides while celebrating all paths to a fulfilling life. Programming also includes Special Education (SPED) programming. Therein, RFA will educate 200 students with a wide range of special needs while also addressing their socio-emotional, physical, and mental health.

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