2019-2020 Open Enrollment and Specialty School Application Process

  • "The Registration Gateway Open Enrollment & Specialty application system is now closed. Families will be notified of their child’s application status for Specialty Schools and the Open Enrollment Lottery on March 8, 2018.”

    Image of apple and books Richmond Public Schools wants to see each of our students thrive! Every child needs to feel loved, supported, and challenged to become his or her best. RPS empowers our families to find the best environment for each child through the Open Enrollment and Specialty School application process. This school selection opportunity gives YOU a say in the next step of your child's education. 

    Open Enrollment is a lottery process that allows students in grades pre-K through 11th grade a chance to attend a different school. RPS will not provide transportation to a student that is selected through Open Enrollment to attend an out-of-zone school.

    Specialty School Applications are competitive and school-based. Students may apply to more than one school. Each school has different submission requirements. Students and families should pay close attention to the documents needed for each individual school application. 

    The Registration Gateway platform will be used for Open Enrollment and to apply for specialty schools. Registration Gateway will open on 9 am on Monday, October 15 and close on 4:30 pm on Friday, November 30.  

    RPS open enrollment and specialty school applicants have access to an all-Spanish language version of the Registration Gateway portal. The translated version is available by following the links below, then clicking the "Espanol" button in the upper-right corner. Language support will also be available in person at all of our Family Support Nights.

    Enter the Registration Gateway Portal

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    RPS is committed to ensuring that all students have access to this process by providing detailed how-to guides, technical support via email and phone, and Family Support Nights.

    Families can contact staff via email or by phone (between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm) with questions regarding:

    • Open Enrollment & All Technical Questions: (804) 780-1850 or rpsreg@rvaschools.net

    • Specialty Schools: (804) 780-7805 or lpleveic@rvaschools.net


    Additionally, RPS is hosting a series of eight Registration Gateway Family Support Nights. At each event, school and technical representatives will be available to assist families in completing all desired applications. City residents are invited to attend any of the following sessions: 

    October 22, 2018: Lucille Brown Middle School; 6300 Jahnke Rd, Richmond VA 23225
    October 23, 2018: Albert Hill Middle School; 3400 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23221
    October 24, 2018: Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School; 7825 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond , VA 23225
    October 25, 2018: Martin Luther King Middle School; 1000 Mosby Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    October 29, 2018: Binford Middle School; 1701 Floyd Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220

    October 30, 2018: Henderson Middle School; 4319 Old Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
    November 1, 2018: Boushall Middle School; 3400 Hopkins Rd, Richmond, VA 
    November 2, 2018: Franklin Military Academy; 701 N. 31st Street, Richmond, VA 23223


    For full details on how to navigate the Registration Gateway system (including documents needed and screenshots to assist) please view our resources:

    • Current RPS Students How-to-Guide

    Prospective Non-RPS Students How-to-Guide

    Open Enrollment & Specialty School Application FAQs

    Open Enrollment & Specialty School Application Process Summary


    • Guía de aplicación en línea de escuelas especializadas para futuros estudiantes sin RPS

    • Guía de ayuda de la aplicación en línea de la escuela especializada para estudiantes actuales de RPS

    • Preguntas frecuentes sobre la inscripción abierta y la escuela especializada

    • Proceso de solicitud de inscripción en escuelas abiertas y escuelas especializadas de 2018-2019