J.L. Francis Elementary School

Home of the Eagles

Principal's Message

  • Principal Ryan

    Welcome to JL Francis Elementary School, home of the Eagles! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school community, including our amazing students, our loving staff, our supporting families  and partners, and our exciting programs. 

    As your principal, I am honored to lead our school community to help provide an exciting and rigorous educational experience for our students. Our team is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible support to learn and grow. 

    My vision for JL Francis is to provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that meets the individual needs of each student, both academically and socially.

    Our skilled and devoted staff are committed to making a difference. They want to have a positive impact on your child and above all, they want to provide them with an engaging and joyful learning experience that supports them in becoming independent learners.  Our teachers are always working to get better at what they do through personal self-development and participation in a wide variety of professional development activities. They model life-long learning for our students and never settle for anything less than their best! Thank you  to our incredible staff for their amazing professionalism and incredible energy and their commitment to our students.

    Great schools always come back to the relationship between the child and the teacher. Be sure and find ways to engage yourself in school life – your child will notice and respond. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Together, we can make a positive difference. A strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our children. Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. May we all be present for the joy of learning, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the comfort that comes from belonging to a community. 

    To my students, staff, families, and community; I am so honored to be your servant leader. Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing school community. I encourage you to stop in or call me to share ideas, concerns, or questions. I wish your family, and especially your student, great success this school year.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me via at kryan@rvaschools.net or (804) 745-3702. And make sure you follow us on Twitter @J_L_Francis for the latest on the exciting things happening in our school community.

    Yours in service,

    Kecia Ryan


    JL Francis Elementary School


  • A partir de este jueves 22 de octubre de 2020 a las 8:00 AM, las familias pueden presentar solicitudes de inscripción abierta, escuela de especialidad y escuela del gobernador para el año escolar 2021-2022, todo en el mismo portal de Enroll RPS (attendrvaschools.com).


    Específicamente, los estudiantes pueden solicitar:

    - Cualquier escuela de especialidad para la que sean elegibles (las escuelas de especialidad incluyen la Academia Militar Franklin, la Escuela Secundaria Abierta, la Escuela Secundaria Comunitaria de Richmond y el Programa de Diploma de Bachillerato Internacional en la Escuela Secundaria Thomas Jefferson [para estudiantes de 11º grado en ascenso])

    - Escuelas fuera de la zona a través de la lotería de inscripción abierta (máximo de tres opciones de escuelas). Este año esto incluye el Programa de Años Intermedios del IB en la Escuela Intermedia Lucille Brown y la Escuela Secundaria Thomas Jefferson, y como el año pasado, las Academias STEM en MLK y Henderson.

    - Escuela de Ciencias y Artes Patrick Henry a través de una lotería de inscripción abierta separada (si es elegible)

    - Escuela del Gobernador Regional de Appomattox y/o Escuela del Gobernador de Maggie L. Walker (la solicitud del Código RVA es gestionada por separado por esa escuela)

    - La Academia STEM del Gobernador en el Centro Técnico de Richmond (un programa a tiempo parcial para estudiantes que asisten a una escuela secundaria de RPS; los estudiantes de 9º grado en ascenso son elegibles para solicitarlo).


    Las familias tendrán hasta el martes 1 de diciembre. 2020 a las 4:30 PM para presentar las solicitudes, sin importar el tipo de escuela.


    Se llevarán a cabo sesiones de información virtual durante el curso de la ventana de solicitud (10/26, 10/28, 11/5 y 11/19, así como a petición) y cubrirán nuevas actualizaciones en el proceso de solicitud, una demostración del portal de Enroll RPS, y una mirada detallada a las escuelas de especialidad. En relación con esto, mi equipo se complace en compartir nuevos recursos sobre cómo utilizar la plataforma que, si bien está orientada a las familias, también se compartirá con ustedes.

    Esperamos que al agilizar las aplicaciones en un solo portal y al duplicar los recursos y las ofertas de apoyo, haremos que este proceso sea aún más fácil y más accesible para todas las familias de Richmond.

    Por último, aunque esto no afecta a todo el mundo, también quiero mencionar que este será el primer año que utilizaremos una aplicación común para las escuelas especializadas, de modo que cuando un estudiante solicite una escuela especializada, sus componentes de aplicación (respuesta corta, ensayo y recomendaciones), podrán ser utilizados para todas las aplicaciones de escuelas especializadas. Esperamos que esto reduzca la carga de la aplicación en los estudiantes y racionalice algunos componentes en ustedes y sus equipos también.


    Por favor, estén atentos a información adicional en el RPS Direct, en rvaschools.net/enroll, de parte mía o de Luke, etc. Si las familias se acercan a ustedes y a sus equipos escolares con preguntas sobre el proceso de solicitud de la escuela, por favor diríjanlos a enrollrps@rvaschools.net.

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  • School Supply List 2020-2021

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  • New Student Enrollment

    Attention new student families! For SY2020-2021, all new student enrollment will be conducted online at https://attendrvaschools.com/login. Please contact jsneadb@rvaschools.net if you need to make an appointment for in-person enrollment at Francis. If you have questions about the overall process, please email enrollrps@rvaschools.net


    ¡Atención nuevas familias de estudiantes! Para SY2020-2021, 
    todas las inscripciones de nuevos estudiantes se realizarán
    en línea en https://attendrvaschools.com/login. Comuníquese
    con jsneadb@rvaschools.net si necesita hacer una cita para
    la inscripción en persona en Francis. Si tiene preguntas
    sobre el proceso general, envíe un correo electrónico
    a enrollrps@rvaschools.net.
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  • RPS Direct Update - December 3, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, This evening, I’d like to preview the recommendation I’ll be making to the School Board on Monday regarding the second semester. Before doing so, I want to express my profound gratitude to the nearly 10,000 families and staff who responded to our surveys, as well as the hundreds of people who reached out to me personally to share their thoughts. I also want to thank our educators and support staff, our families, and most of all, our students, for showing each other so much grace over the past several months. Though our fall has been far from perfect, I do believe we managed to #ReopenWithLove and we should all be immensely proud of that. At Monday’s School Board meeting, I will recommend that we remain fully virtual for the second semester. I plan to do so for three reasons. First, given rapidly rising infection rates, I continue to be very concerned about the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Just yesterday, the United States experienced the highest number of COVID deaths and hospitalizations ever. Here in Virginia, we also hit a new high for hospitalizations.

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  • RPS Direct Update - December 2 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Don't forget to tune in at 6 pm tonight on the RPS Facebook page for our Civic Voices Town Hall about retaining, developing, and recruiting male teachers of color. Please note that RPS Live! will return next Wednesday at 7 pm. Switching gears, we're looking for volunteers to help distribute Winter Break meal packs from Tuesday, December 15, through Thursday, December 17. If you can help, please sign up here. Thank you! Finally, in case you missed them, check out these two articles about our 2020 REB Winners and the Richmond Alternative School Turkey Giveaway. Thanks to Kenya Hunter from the RTD for covering these stories!

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