Innovative Learning

ARUSD offers a number of programs across the district. For more information, expand each section below.

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS)

Verizon Innovative Learning provides free technology, free internet access, and hands-on learning experiences to help give underserved students the education they deserve. Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that fundamentally changes the way teachers teach and students learn, Verizon Innovative Learning is giving kids the ability to do more. To achieve more. To learn more. To create more.



  • Fischer Middle School
  • Ocala STEAM Academy
  • Sheppard Middle School
  • Renaissance Academy at Fischer
  • Renaissance Academy at Mathson
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STEAM Academies

Curriculum and teaching methods emphasize 21st century learning with a particular focus on engineering & technology.


  • Ocala STEAM Academy
  • Ryan STEAM Academy
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Code to the Future

These elementary and middle schools partner with Code to the Future to provide students with a comprehensive computer science immersion program.


  • Arbuckle Elementary
  • César Chavez Elementary
  • L.U.C.H.A.
  • Mathson Middle School
  • San Antonio Elementary

Visual and Performing Arts


Cureton, Linda Vista, and Lyndale Elementary Schools, with Gold Ribbon Award winner George Middle School as the flagship for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Cluster. The arts programs provide students a variety of opportunities to expand their learning.


  • Joseph George Middle School
  • Cureton Elementary
  • Lyndale Elementary
  • Linda Vista Elementary

Media Arts Academy

Hubbard Media Arts Academy is the first school in the Bay Area implementing the Youth Cinema Project, providing 4th and 7th grade students with the opportunity to learn and produce their own short-films.


  • Hubbard Media Arts Academy

New Tech Network

As part of a 200-school national network, staff and students at Fischer Middle School of Business and Communications and Sheppard Middle School utilize advanced technology to solve problems and learn through research, experience, collaboration and creativity.


  • Fischer Middle School
  • Sheppard Middle School

Dual Language Programs

The schools provide opportunities for all students to achieve bilingual proficiency and to develop multicultural competencies through a rigorous English and Spanish dual language instruction program.  Adelante I (K-8) and Adelante II (K-4) are dual language academies that follow a 90/10 model of instruction.


  • Adelante Dual Language Academy (K-8)
  • Adelante II Dual Language Academy (K-4)