Richmond Alternative School

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Principal's Message



    March 13, 2020, brought a new type of challenge to our lives, you were almost complete with your junior year and suddenly a world of uncertainties was before us as schools across the nation were closed for the remainder of the school year.  The virtual world was upon us.  As you entered the virtual halls of your senior year in September 2020, we were filled with excitement and relief, you were FINALLY a senior! This year was going to be both exciting and challenging; life as a senior in high school looked much different this year.

    However, regardless of the challenges we, YOU, went through this year, it is important to remember that success is not measured by the challenges you face; every journey has it’s own challenges and it is those challenges that sharpen us and help us grow.

    As the class of 2021, you were able to live while history was being made from the riots in the Capital and then President Trump’s second impeachment to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning the Super Bowl (and Tom Brady getting his 7th Lombardi Trophy!), from super-stars Kardashian and West separating to Beyonce being celebrated the most awarded woman in Grammy history – you saw it all.  The good, the bad, and the ugly as the COVID virus claimed over 1-million lives.  However, through it all, you were resilient, we see you and your strength!

    You have graduated! It is time to not just watch history being made but time to go out and make history.

    We celebrate you!

    The administration of Richmond Alternative Schools, ASPIRE Academy, Spartan Academy, and ISAEP


    A celebration …

    A time for looking back on lessons learned, adventures shared,

    bright moments filled with special meaning.

    A farewell…

    A time for saying goodbye to old friends, to good times you’ve known…

    a time for packing away memories, treasures for tomorrow

    A beginning…

    A time for looking forward, a time to set new goals, to dream new dreams,

    to try your wings and see what lies beyond.


    ~Author Anonymous

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Division Announcements

  • High School Summer School Bus Stops - The 2021 Summer School session for High School students begins Monday, June 28th. Click here to find a bus stop nearest you.

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  • Armstong and Richmond Community Graduation Changes - Please be aware that the Armstrong High School graduation ceremony has been moved up 1 hour tomorrow (June 22) to 8:00am and the Richmond Community graduation has been moved to Wednesday (June 23) at 1:00pm. Click here for more information.

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  • New Summer Meal Distribution - We are excited to share a variety of free meal pick-up options for our families beginning Monday, June 21st through the summer! Click here to find a site nearest you and to see an interactive map of sites!

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  • Student Device Collection - All RPS technology devices, including Chromebooks, hotspots, tablets, and laptops should be returned to schools with the exception of those attending summer school. Click here to learn more. 

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  • New 2021-22 Bell Schedule - The RPS School Board has approved new daily start/end times for students next year, click here to view the new schedule!

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  • RPS Reopening Dashboard - Click here to download the latest update of the RPS Reopening Dashboard.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helpline 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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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - June 22, 2021

    Correction* Another fabulous graduation is in the books – congratulations to the Armstrong HS Class of 2021! Many thanks to Principal Bell and his team for running a beautiful ceremony this morning (before the rain :). We'll be closing things out tomorrow with George Wythe, Franklin Military Academy*, Richmond Community, and Thomas Jefferson. See you there! Tonight's Updates: Lit Limo – Can you believe the Lit Limo connected with over 12,000 RPS students this year? Take note of the schedule below the shout-outs so we can keep everyone reading this summer! VUU Youth Entrepreneurship Summit – RPS 11th and 12th graders, Virginia Union University is holding an entrepreneurship summit on June 24-25 just for you! Check out the flyer below and sign up here.

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  • RPS Direct Update - June 21, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, My apologies for coming to you later than usual tonight – we just wrapped up John Marshall's graduation ceremony at The Diamond! That was our third one of the day: this morning was Huguenot HS and this afternoon was Open HS. All three were all absolutely fantastic (see below for some pix of our valedictorians). Big shout out to Principal Gilstrap, Principal Carleton, Principal Murray, and our Chief Schools Officer, Harry Hughes, for planning and executing beautiful ceremonies! And, of course, congratulations to our amazing, pandemic-defying graduates.

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