Regional Learning Academy (RLA)


The Regional Learning Academy (RLA) is a multi-level program which is designed to provide intervention for violent or disruptive youth with a strong emphasis on promoting abilities to function successfully in the regular school environment. Two placement options are available for students placed in RLA - a self-contained core program that includes courses in all areas of study typically offered in 8 - 12 grades and a distance learning program. Both of these programs offer students the opportunity to participate in core area courses with licensed teachers and the use of online learning systems to supplement core courses with electives. The maximum length of placement for students is two semesters. Enrollment is limited to 38 Wise County students, 11 Dickenson County students, and 10 Norton City School students.



Students may be eligible for the program if one of the following circumstances exist:

  • Violation of school board policy related to weapons, drug and substance abuse, or intentional injury to another person

  • Violation of school board policies that could endanger the student or others

  • Repeated violation of school board policies that prevent the student or others from experiencing a proper learning environment

  • Expulsion or long-term suspensions

  • Release from a juvenile correctional center and ability to benefit from the program.



Students must be at least 13 years old and not over 21 years old.



Referrals are accepted from the Discipline Committees of Wise County Schools, Dickenson County Schools, and Norton City Schools. The referrals are screened by the Admissions Committee to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. Selected students must participate in an interview and assessment process prior to admission - referred to as the in-take or enrollment meeting.



The Regional Learning Academy is located in a wing of Fry Hall at 515 Hurricane Road, Building B, in Wise, Virginia close to the Wise County School Board office and Education Center.



Contact the principal, Dr. Daniel Roop at (276) 328-7138 or (276) 321-0051.