Huguenot High School

Home of the Mighty Falcons

Principal's Message

  • Principal Gilstrap

    Greetings Falcon Family,

    Welcome to Huguenot High School, home of the Mighty, Mighty Falcons. Huguenot is the largest school in Richmond Public Schools; our comprehensive high school supports over 1200 students. HHS supports one of the largest ESL programs south of the James River. We are a thriving and welcoming community of learners and there has been a strong attraction to the quality programs and newly constructed campus over the past few years. 

    Five years ago, I brought my family from Oklahoma to provide them a greater opportunity educationally and a superior cultural environment.  As a former high school English teacher, my passion for students has always centered around enhanced communication skills and strong cognitive development.  In my time as the principal of Huguenot, I have always looked to hire teachers and staff with personal grit to be able to fight through the challenges of the career and passion for individual student relationships.

    The past five years have centered on the ideals behind the following themes.  All students are groomed, through an environment of reinforcement and tenacity within a culture of autonomy, to successfully complete college or excel in a trade to ultimately flourish in a 21st-century society. Our learners have a proud history and a bright future beyond high school.  Daily we celebrate our beauty inside and out to remind us of the value in all people.  Our Falcons are eager to make their mark upon this school, city, and state.  We are determined to extend our influence and reputation beyond our campus walls.  With unprecedented change comes opportunity which gives us virtually limitless boundaries for growth.

    This year will be the first in the history of the school to start virtually.  We are all struggling to adjust to life during a pandemic.  We will continue to strive towards the Dreams4RPS five pillars: Exciting and Rigorous Teaching and Learning, Skilled and Supported Staff, Safe and Loving School Cultures, Deep Partnership with Families and Community, and a Modern Systems and Infrastructure.  We will start the year with an abundance of patience and grace towards students and staff.  Our learning curve as we transition to a one to one school will set us apart among our peer schools.

    My ask of you as a parent, guardian, community partner, student or staff is to be attentive to your child’s and or your own progress. Do not assume that everything is going well.  Please check and check often.  Please stay in touch with us via our multiple platforms and social media outlets.  We will push out information to your email, phone, address, and through technology.  Mostly develop communication loops with the school.  This could be the teachers that serve your student, counselors that guide, social workers that support, and principals that lead.  Email me directly when you cannot get the help you need at rgilstra@rvaschools.net

    Please partner with us in making this school year the most impactful and meaningful year in all our students’ lives.  Reach out to us if we can assist you or your child.  We aim to have meaningful relationships with all our students and families.

    Huguenot High School receives 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award

    Schools recognized for continuous improvement were rated “Accredited” or “Accredited with Conditions” for 2019-2020 and met at least one of the following four criteria based on performance during 2018-2019:

    • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math, and the pass rate in science;
    • A 10-point increase in the combined rate in reading and math for two or more student groups across three years;
    • A decrease in the chronic absenteeism rate for three years; or
    • For schools with a graduating class, an increase in the Graduation and Completion Index and a decrease in the dropout rate for three years.

    Robert Gilstrap

    Principal, Huguenot High School

    Virtually Limitless

Announcements

District Announcements

  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

     
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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

     
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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

     
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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am heartbroken to share – yet again – that we have lost another student to gun violence. I no longer have the words to convey the sadness and anger I feel in the face of these senseless tragedies. So I'm going to channel my energy tonight into a plea for action. If you, or someone you know, is in trouble, please reach out for help: Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100. Domestic Violence – Call the Safe Harbor crisis line at (804) 612-6126. Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096. Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Let's also fight the darkness of this tragedy with light. Please flood my inbox with shout-outs tonight so that tomorrow's RPS Direct – my last before Thanksgiving – turns into one long love letter to our teachers, support staff, families, and partners. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 20 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Just a few reminders tonight: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving. Please note that we'll be providing double meals next Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please go to www.rvaschools.net/meals. Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in English, Encuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey. As of 5 pm today, we're up to 2,447 staff responses and 4,913 family responses (English and Spanish). Don't forget that the deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is December 1 at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. The Lit Limo will be very busy tomorrow. We hope to see you! (Westover Hills Elementary School, 9 am; Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, 9:30 am; Miles J. Jones Elementary School, 10 am; G.H. Reid Elementary School, 10:30 am; J.L. Francis Elementary School, 11 am; Cardinal Elementary School, 11:30 am; Swansboro Elementary School, 12 pm; J.H. Blackwell Elementary School, 12:30 pm) To close out your week, please take a couple of minutes to watch this wonderful video of Bellevue Elementary School students singing "America the Beautiful" in honor of Veterans Day. Go, Dragons! With great appreciation, Jason

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