Open High School

Dedicated To Excellence

Principal Message

  • Principal Carleton

    Message from Principal Clary Carleton

    Welcome to Open High. While this historic school year will begin virtually, we are working hard to make this experience a special one. Our mission to develop intellectually curious and socially responsible students will not change. Open, "the school without walls" has always been more than a building, and this will be tested like never before. We know that there will be unforseen challenges, but because we have a strong community, we believe our students can thrive. 

    Like any other time. we want students to love school. We want them to experiment and create, research and share. We want them to read with anticipation, and write to learn what it is they think. We want them to take intellectual risks and learn from their mistakes. And we want them to embrace the possiblities that this year has in store.  

    We will continue to give students a voice in their own education, knowing that adolescents are most capable when they are taken seriously. With opportunities, accountability, and support, we believe we can grow great human beings--even from a distance. 

    Thank you for your continued patience. I ask that we all share gratitude and extend grace to one another as we enter unchartered territory. If you have any questions about this year or an Open education, don't hesistate to contact me at

    With joy and hope, 

    Clary Carleton

District Announcements

Upcoming Events

Peachjar Flyers

"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • 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.

    Comments (-1)
  • 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!

    Comments (-1)