Richmond Alternative School

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Principal's Message


    A Message from Principal Trotter

    Greetings Richmond Alternative School Community,

    We are confident that you will find the information on this site useful and that you will learn more about what makes Richmond Alternative School a special place. Since September RAS continues to support our students and families as we all navigate through virtual learning. I would like to commend our teachers for doing a phenomenal job facilitating within this new setting. Students you too have done a great job and continue to impress us with classroom discussions and engaging responses.

    I would like to highlight a few GREAT things taking place at Richmond Alternative School. Although we’re virtual we:

    • We hosted a social distancing Trunk and Treat in October for your community
    • In November we distributed over 120 turkeys for Thanksgiving to our school and RPS families.
    • Hosted a community event where our campus provided meals to the homeless.
    • Prior to winter break we held a school attendance raffle where students who attended school each day from Dec. 7th – 18th had the opportunity to win a 19 inch or 24 inch flat screen tv. 

    We’d like to celebrate those students who attend school each day and give your BEST!

    Our school continues to make great academic gains with by increasing our graduation rate and decreasing our dropout rate. These numbers are attributed to the hard work and high expectations our staff has for each of our students, continuing to encourage them that THEY CAN DO IT!

    As we look to the New Year (2021) our school district continues to remain FULLY VIRTUAL, parents we’d like to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at the information listed on our school webpage or social media platforms.

    Some new things you’ll find on our school website are:

    Our social media flat forms (follow us)

    Our Aspire Academy Teachers post instructional video weekly (they can be found under the student tab)

    If your child attends Spartan/Aspire Academy and you would like to schedule an orientation or need to speak with someone please don’t hesitate to contact us at 804- 780-4388 (office number) 804 -774-8577 (school number)

    In closing, continue to remain safe we look forward to seeing your bright faces with us very soon.


    Lamont Trotter

    School Line: 804-780-4388                      

    Cell: 804-774-8577

    Principal Trotter

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District Announcements

  • Spring 2021 In-Person Testing Intent Form - Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments are approaching and we want families to understand their options when it comes to testing. To review options and let us know of your intentions for the Spring SOL assessments, please visit and complete the survey by April 17, 2021.

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  • Calendar Reminders – Monday, April 5th, is the start of Spring Break, which goes through Friday, April 9th. All schools will be closed during this time. Classes will resume on Monday, April 12th.

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  • The 2021 Virtual Fine Arts Festival is Live! - Come celebrate the artistic expression of our students! Each year, RPS hosts a Fine Arts Festival to culminate Arts in Our Schools Month. This year is slightly different because it is being held virtually! Check out our student's work and join the conversation of the impact of art in our lives!

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

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  • RPS Staff First Dose COVID-19 Vaccination - Please complete this form if you are seeking an appointment for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. We will contact you as soon as we have information about the next vaccination event.
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  • Wellness Opportunities for RPS Staff - Don’t miss "Mindful Mondays" and "Be Well Wednesdays" with our partners at SCAN and BareSOUL! Check your RPS email account for previously sent registration links.

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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 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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School News

"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - April 2, 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Spring Break! I hope you're able to take some time for yourself this week – to rest, reflect, and recharge. I'm going to practice what I'm preaching so there won't be any RPS Direct next week. Look for the next one when we return on Monday, April 12. Thanks for your understanding! RPS Senior in the News – Check out this amazing story about Harold Aquino, senior at George Wythe High School. Harold will graduate at the top of his class with a 5.0 GPA (!) and multiple Associate Degrees. He's been accepted to his dream school, VCU, among many others. If Harold decides to attend VCU, he'll enter as a...senior! Harold, we are so proud of you! Continental Societies Donation – Many thanks to Continental Societies, Inc., Richmond, Virginia Chapter, for their donation of 5,000 children’s masks for our fall reopening.

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  • RPS Direct Update - April 1 (PM), 2021

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Lots to cover tonight! RPS Live! Recap – I want to express my profound gratitude to the amazing panelists who joined RPS Live! yesterday in celebration of National Women’s History Month. And even though the month has come to a close, we honor and celebrate all of the extraordinary women in our lives every single day. Thank you for all that you do and all that you are! Cheryl Burke, School Board Chair Anne Holton, Former Virginia Secretary of Education Latonya Waller, Principal, Boushall Middle School Meaghan Rymer, History/Social Studies Teacher, River City Middle School Tiffany Sneed, History/Social Studies Teacher, Miles Jones Elementary School Chasity Rodriguez, RPS Hub Coordinator No Kid Hungry Grant – We're thrilled to receive a $150,000 grant from No Kid Hungry Virginia to extend our grocery delivery program to 150 of our most vulnerable families.

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