Richland SD creates Pacific Crest Online Academy



Now called Pacific Crest Online Academy, the program will accept middle and high school students from across the state
Pacific Crest Online Academy (courtesy Richland School District)

RICHLAND, Washington – A local school district that has taken advantage of the pandemic push for digital learning programs has now created a strong online academy that may soon attract middle and high school students from across Washington state.

Last year, when students were completely isolated, the Richland School District created a Kindergarten to Grade 12 e-learning program for families who didn’t want their children to return to school in person. . The option lasted during blended learning and even now with most students returning to classrooms.

This year, officials built on the success of the program as well as the district’s desire for a dedicated online learning experience. The academy applied to the state and was accepted as a multi-district online academy for grades 6 to 12, removing enrollment caps for students from outside the district.

The academy formerly known as Richland Virtual School is now Pacific Crest Online Academy, a new name approved by the Richland Board of Education that serves to attract students who do not live in the city.

District spokesperson Ty Beaver said Pacific Crest will offer more classes, clubs and activities:

  • Several high school offerings, including AP and Honors courses
  • Clubs, activities and other social activities
  • Monthly progress reports
  • Simplified e-learning platforms

“Our students, families and staff have worked hard during this inaugural school year to create an engaging, collaborative and welcoming learning environment,” said Principal Andre Hargunani. “We are delighted to begin this next chapter of our school’s adventure and to have more to join us on the ride. “

Enrollments, according to the district, have consistently remained above 500 students; many families have registered for the next school year.

If you would like to know more, an information session via Zoom is scheduled for May 13 at 6.30 p.m. details on

Pacific Crest Online Academy is open to students in Grades 6 to 12 starting in the 2021-22 school year. Plans are underway to include K-5 down the line as well.

Nov 2020: Fourth and Fifth Grade Students in the Richland School District to Return to Online Learning Only

Sep 2020: Richland mother shares struggles with distance learning and children with special needs

July 2020: Richland School District votes to virtually start fall semester

March 2020: Richland schools will close on Monday, will remain closed until the end of April



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