School Partnerships

  • Decrease in Discipline Referrals at a Participating Middle School within One Year


    VCIC Mission

    The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.


    VCIC Vision

    A Virginia where every person is included and where prejudice, intolerance, and fear of facing those issues don’t stand in the way of success for our schools, businesses, and communities.


    VCIC Core Values

    In alignment with our mission and vision, VCIC’s Core Values are…

    1. Inclusion
    We CREATE spaces and places where people from all backgrounds feel engaged and supported. We BELIEVE that inclusion exists when people accept, respect, and value differences.

    2. Integrity
    We ACT with honesty and authenticity in all that we do. We EMBODY the practices that we teach.

    3. Effectiveness
    With our partners, clients, and other stakeholders, we DESIGN clear and definitive goals. We ACHIEVE those goals in efficient, demonstrable ways.

    4. Relevance
    We SEEK current and relatable information that is worth sharing. We SUSTAIN dialogue with communities across the Commonwealth, to keep our work grounded and visionary.

    5. Openness
    We DEMONSTRATE transparency, clarity, and honesty. We WELCOME inquiries, ideas, and feedback.


    MathScience Innovation Center

    The MathScience Innovation Center (MSiC) provides extraordinary educational experiences in science, technology, and mathematics to K-12 students and educators in the metro Richmond, Virginia area, creating enthusiasm, inspiring innovation, and developing skills needed for STEM studies and careers.

    Annually, over 170,000 students learn STEM and SOL focused lessons both at the Center and in their own classrooms.  Students and parents take advantage of our Saturday and Summer classes and conferences for all grade levels.

    At the MSiC, educators have the opportunity to explore STEM topics like nanoscience, fractals, and engineering, in addition to courses focused on inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning.  MSiC's staff works with up to 3,000 educators throughout the RVA area every year to build their capacity to make STEM topics come alive and be interesting and relevant to their students through hands-on workshops, conferences, Fellows programs, and short courses taught in collaboration with universities on campus and in the field.

    If you can't come to us, we can come to you!  The Center also has a strong distance learning initiative and over one million visitors access these programs annually through web-based courses and video-conferencing.  We also offer distance learning STEM lessons to teachers within our consortium.

    MathScience Innovation Center


    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

    The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:

    • reducing existing bullying problems among students
    • preventing the development of new bullying problems
    • achieving better peer relations at school

    Our School's Anit-Bullying Rules

    1. We will not bully others.
    2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
    3. We will try to include students who are left out.
    4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

    Olweus Bullying Prevention Program


    Higher Achievement

    At Higher Achievement, we call our middle school students “scholars.” Why? Because they are motivated, inspired, and looking to bridge the opportunity gap in their communities.  Our scholars enter Higher Achievement with a range of academic performance levels and with varied levels of support inside and outside of their school. But all of our scholars leave our program with a strong belief in our four social justice pillars: voice, freedom, justice, and solidarity. Our organization commitment to these principles drive us to purposefully serve communities that lack opportunity. Our scholar population, with a demographic makeup of  75% African-American and 12% Latino, reflects the communities that we serve.


    Communities in Schools

    From kindergarten through high school graduation, we are guided by a set of 5 Basics—essentials that result in healthy development. When these basics are present, kids find success. Working alongside school staff, parents, volunteers, and business partners, Communities In Schools of Richmond extends the 5 Basics to as many students as possible.

    1. One-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
    2. Safe place to learn and grow.
    3. Healthy start and a healthy future.
    4. Marketable skill to use upon graduation.
    5. Chance to give back to peers and community.


    Communities in Schools

    NextUp RVA

    NextUp provides a free, coordinated system of after-school programs for Richmond middle schools. It’s the new resource for students who are ready to customize how they learn and play after school. It’s arts, it’s science, it’s sports, it’s life skills, it’s self-expression, it’s problem solving — and it’s always productive and fun.

    NextUp RVA Students


    Richmond Public Schools Office of Community Engagement

    Members of the RPS Multicultural Services Center


    Welcome to Richmond Public Schools' Office of Community Engagement. Our mission is to support schools and encourage family and community involvement through training, outreach, community collaboration, education and awareness to improve student achievement. 

    Our vision is to welcome every family and every student, actively engaging them as partners in student learning and school improvement.    

    What We Offer

    • Attendance Policies, Information and Support
    • Dropout Prevention
    • Prevention and Intervention Services: Conflict Resolution, Bullying Prevention, Gang Prevention and Violence Prevention
    • Parental Involvement and Family Engagement
    • Community Engagement
    • Pupil Placement Services
    • McKinney-Vento Regional Education Program (Homeless Education Services)
    • Language Support Services 

    Welcome to Richmond Public Schools' Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE). Our mission is to support schools and encourage family and community involvement through training, outreach, community collaboration, education and awareness to improve student achievement.