give them a world of opportunity right at home

Sign up for free online enrichment classes

Learning beyond the bell

NextUp — a free program for Richmond Public Schools middle school students — provides safe, high-quality opportunities for students to explore interests, express themselves, make friends and have fun! NextUp isn’t one single program or in one specific building. Rather, it’s a coordinated network of providers that have a common commitment to ensuring middle school students have access to quality afterschool activities. Programs are offered online, at the schools and at nearby locations. Due to COVID-19 school closures, all classes are currently offered online.

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How nextup works

Teens access an online portal where they can participate in both live, interactive enrichment classes AND do-on-your-own activities in the areas of Sports and Health, STEM, Arts and Humanities, and Leadership and Mentoring. All programs are provided by NextUp approved RVA program providers.

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What nextup means for students

Students take part in hands-on learning and exploration of their interests, while benefitting from freedom, structure, & safety in all activities. They have the opportunity to make new friends, new role models and to make new connections, as they explore their own talents and goals.

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What nextup means for families

Families see positive changes in their teens through an excitement in learning that rolls over into increased school participation.

An online space to help kids grow

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unique challenges, including how we can keep our kids active, engaged and connected through this time of virtual learning. We are excited to announce LIVE online enrichment classes to ALL RPS middle school students at no cost to families.

In these online courses, students can enjoy:

Live, interactive enrichment classes led by quality organizations and teachers, including: Coding, Anime Club, Yoga, Contemporary Hip Hop, Culinary Masterpiece, and more.

Access to do-on-your-own activities in the areas of Sports and Health, STEM, Arts and Humanities, and Leadership and Mentoring

Join in on the Fun: Classes Happening Now!


Step 1

Submit online form

Complete Interest Form Online.
After your information is verified, you will receive an email with instructions to log into the Parent Portal.

Step 2

Sign up for classes

After you submit your registration form you will receive a confirmation email with the link to register for classes.
Step 3

Join classes

Select classes on NextUp’s Online Portal Site and receive Zoom links to join classes.

What you can expect from nextup

Quality programs from experienced providers

Project-based and hands-on learning

Alignment between school day and afterschool learning

Students & teacher painting

Contact us

Need help with online classes and registration or have any other questions? We can help.

NextUp RVA, Inc.
Barbara Couto Sipe, President & CEO
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230