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RCS Online Classes


An online program for students enrolled
in a Rutherford County High School.

RCSOnline 2016-17 Program Dates and Information

Summer Registration will open April 15. Click here to see the RCS Online Summer 2017 Information.

Quarter 4 - March 13-May 12. Registration for Quarter 4 is now CLOSED.

For students who have not taken an online course before, we recommend that you start
with only one course your first quarter.. 

RCS Online is a supplemental course program and is not offered as a full-time school option.
RCS Online courses are not NCAA approved.

Course Offerings - Quarter 4  2016-17
March 13 - May 12
English 1-S2 Spanish 1-S2 Finite Math - S2  US Government

English 2-S2

Spanish 2-S2

Bridge Math-S2


English 3-S2

Latin 1-S1


 Personal Finance
English 4-S2 Latin 1-S2 Physical Science-S2  Psychology

Creative Writing-S2

Art History-S2

Biology-S1 or S2

US History/Geography-S2


General Music-S2

Chemistry - S2



S1 and S2 means semester 1 and semester 2 of a full credit course. You may take either
semester, but not both at the same time. Courses not listed in specific quarters above may be offered with a minimum of four students and teacher availability.
*Denotes half-credit courses.


Who can take RCSOnline courses?
RCSOnline Courses are offered only to Rutherford County students who are in the ninth grade or higher in an RCS high school. Rising freshmen are not permitted to take summer online courses before they start ninth grade.

How long do I have to complete a course?

Each half-credit course lasts eight weeks. Fall and Spring break are not counted in those eight weeks. You will not have assignments due during Fall or Spring break, but you may work on your course during that time to get ahead. Teachers do not work in the online courses during break weeks, and will not be present in the courses during those weeks. 


How much time will it take every day?

For courses taken over a eight-week quarter during the school year, expect to spend at least 8 to 10 hours per week working in the course. Make sure you have this much time in your schedule before you decide to take the course!!

While online learning offers flexibility in the time of day that a student works on the course, and does not generally require a physical presence in a classroom, virtual attendance is required a minimum of five days a week. This means that the student is active in the course five days per week and completes work on time. RCSOnline courses are NOT “at your own pace.” Courses have due dates every week, and points will be deducted for not meeting those deadlines. Please read the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy. You and your parents will have to sign acknowledgement of this policy to register. This policy will be posted on the website on July 16 for the fall term.

Students are allowed to work ahead and finish the course early. Staying at least a few days ahead of schedule is very highly recommended!


I have a busy schedule. Can I still take online courses?
Situations such as working at a job, participating in sports or other extra-curricular activies, etc. do not give the student permission to be inactive (virtual absence) or behind in the course. If obligations such as these and others will prevent you from staying on pace in an online course, then online learning is not for you at this time. Consider all your obligations carefully before you make the commitment to online learning. When you enroll in an online course, you are saying that you have the time to complete the work as required and on time. If you have things coming up and need to be "absent" from your course for a day or so, you can and must work ahead and complete assignments in advance of days that you might be unable to work. You cannot skip assignment deadlines expecting to "catch up" later.   

Where can I work on my course?
Most students work from home. Some students work some at school. Students will need reliable internet access at home to complete their assignments. Internet access at home is the responsibility of the student/parents and is not provided by the school district. If you have problems with your computer or internet at home, you may work on your assignments on a computer at school. 

What do I have to do at school?
For each half-credit course, there are three things you must do at school:
1. Orientation - required for first time RCSOnline students
2. Mid-way test - must be supervised by authorized personnel at your school 

3. Semester exam - must be supervised by authorized personnel at your school 
All students who have not previously taken a course through RCSOnline MUST attend an orientation session. Orientations will be held at schools the around the start of each quarter. Exact times will be announced when your registration is approved. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come, but not required to attend the orientations.

All students taking second semester of a state TNReady exam course must take the TNReady exam on the official scheduled testing date. This counts as the final exam for these courses. Those dates will be announced in the course and are set by the state department of education.

Are these courses easier than regular classes?
Absolutely not. RCSOnline courses require the same amount of work as a regular face-to-face class. This is not the easy way to take a class. In fact, you must work hard to stay on track. Getting behind is the number one reason students don't pass an online class. Don't let that happen to you!

How much does it cost?
The cost is $150 per half-credit and must be paid before you can start the course. There are no fee waivers and no refunds for online courses. Be sure of your decision before you register for the course. 


How do I register? Here are the steps:
1. Registration for Quarter 4 is now open.  We will contact your guidance counselor for approval for you to take the class. Registration for Qtr 4 is now closed. Summer registration will open April 15.

2. You and your parents must sign the acknowledgement form for the Virtual Attendance and Late Policy and return it to your counselor.  

4. Once we have received approval from your counselor, and you have turned in the form, we will contact you about how to pay and when you will need to come for orientation at your school. You cannot pay until you receive that approval.

Registration for each quarter will open approximately one month before the start of the quarter.
The number of slots per course is limited, so registration is first come, first served. You are not guaranteed a place in the course until you are approved and have paid the fee. Once you fill out the registration form, you will receive an acknowledgment email within 3 days. Your final approval email will come as soon as we hear back from your counselor (usually within 24 hours). Please try to register a week in advance if possible to allow time to get approval. 

How do I pay for my course?
When we email you with final approval, we will send instructions about how to pay. We DO NOT ACCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS!! We accept cash, cashier's checks or money orders made out to Rutherford County Schools. We also have an online pay system that takes credit/debit cards. We do not post that link on our website because we do not want payments until you have been approved by your guidance counselor. We will send that link in your approval email.

Online courses are NOT covered by fee waivers. There are NO REFUNDS for online courses. Be sure of your decision before you enroll.

One last thing to think about!
Students and parents should be aware that this is a very sizeable commitment in a limited amount of time and requires self-direction, good time-management skills and determination. While online learning provides flexibility in scheduling, it is not the “easy” way of taking a course. Online courses require the same work as face-to-face classes, and students must prepare for and take all state-required tests that apply to the course. Make sure you have time to complete the course and stay on track.

If you have additional questions about RCSOnline courses, please contact Carol McCauley at 615-893-5815, ext 22067 or by email at We will be happy to answer your questions and concerns and help you decide if online learning is right for you or your child.