Welcome to Richmond Public Schools
The district serves nearly 24,000 students, representing the region’s diverse socioeconomic mix. Richmond Public Schools (RPS) is comprised of 26 elementary schools, including one charter school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty schools. U. S. News and World Report ranked Richmond Community and Open high schools among the state’s top public high schools. And, Franklin Military Academy stands as the nation’s first public military school. The district also operates two regional Governor’s School programs. Gifted and talented students are served by SPACE (Special Program for Academic and Creative Excellence) at the elementary and middle school levels, and by advanced placement and dual enrollment courses at the high school level. Academically advanced students may also earn the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma at Thomas Jefferson High School or apply to attend the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies and the Appomattox Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology.
The mission of Richmond Public Schools, the gateway to infinite possibilities, is to lead our students to extraordinary, honorable lives as inspirational global leaders who shape the future with intellect, integrity and compassion through challenging, engaging learning experiences guided by highly qualified, passionate educators in partnership with families and communities.
Did You Know?
- Binford Middle School boasts the region’s first, and only second in Virginia, college prep and arts integration program. The College Board Spring Board program offers students a rigorous, fine arts inter-grated curriculum model.
- RPS has joined sixty urban school districts across the country in “A Pledge by America’s Great City Schools,” a commitment toward the improvement of academic and social outcomes for young males of color. The pledge calls for urban school systems to improve efforts in increasing opportunities for success among school-age males of color and reduce the disproportionate number of males of color who are absent, suspended, expelled or inappropriately placed in special education classes.
- In partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), RPS offers the state’s first teacher residency program, Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR). Through this program, residents spend a yearco-teaching, guided by both VCU faculty and RPS master teach-ers trained to mentor them. The program also includes a three-year commitment by teachers to stay and work for RPS. RTR is a part of a national effort, the Urban Teacher Residency United Network, and a grantee of the United States Department of Education’s Teacher Qual-ity Partnerships (TQP), a grant program in support of model teacher preparation programs.
- Many district schools provide exceptional learning opportunities through the cultivation and upkeep of school gardens. Learning Gar-dens also exist at many schools, allowing students to explore and grow fresh produce. William Fox Elementary School features the district’s first elementary school Fruit and Vegetable Bar.
- Chimborazo Elementary School is the first elementary school in central Virginia to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School® Primary Years Programme (PYP), an internationally acclaimed transdisciplinary program designed for students ages 3 to 12 that focuses on the development of the whole child and inquiry-based learning.
- The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) was established at the start of the 2014-2015 school year to provide added support to schools and encourage family and community involvement through training, outreach, community collaboration, education and awareness to improve student achievement. FACE also oversees the Multicultural Service Center, created during the 2015-2016 school year to support non-English speaking families within the district.
- Several district schools have executed health and fitness initiatives through programs such as Fit4Kids, Girls on the Run, school running clubs and educational bike courses. Additionally, the Community Eligibility Provision enables all RPS students to receive nutritious meals free of charge so that they are well prepared for a full day of learning.
- The district’s Richmond Technical Center houses the state’s only full-size ambulance simulator in a Virginia high school and one of only 22 Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academies in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The RPS Governor’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) STEM Academy offers programs designed to expand options for students to acquire STEM literacy and other critical skills, as well as knowledge and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage and high-skill careers.
- Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, all RPS students receive a breakfast and lunch meal daily free of charge under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Benefits of participation in the CEP program include increased breakfast and lunch participation, improved student attendance and healthy nutrition options to support students’ academic success. The CEP is a component of the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Richmond Public Schools is committed to guiding students to have extraordinary, honorable lives as global leaders who will shape the future through resilience, pride, and success. Education is the foundation for preparing students to reach their highest potential. This year, the blueprint was laid for the entire division to continue demonstrating measurable progress toward attaining Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) goals.