• Note: Much of the history of the Richmond Public Schools was recorded in the context of a segregated society, and the reader should readily discern between pre- and post-desegregation observations. The terms "black," "colored," "Negro," and "white" in this booklet should not be considered offensive as they have been used according to the custom of the particular period. Since 1962, the division has omitted such racial designations from its reports and publications.

Diagnostic & Prescriptive Center

  • 100 West Baker Street
    (Katherine L. Johnson Building)

    A comprehensive interagency Diagnostic & Prescriptive Center began in January 1980. The mission of this interdisciplinary facility was to deal effectively with students from a social, emotional, psychological, and educational point of view, using a holistic approach.

    Students with multiple/chronic difficulties (in school, home, or community) were referred from regular schools to the Center for assessment. They were then returned to their home schools or other designated alternative locations with specific prescriptions to meet their wide variety of needs.

    Other contributing City agencies included the departments of Mental Health, Public Welfare, and Public Health; participating agencies were the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court and Youth Services Commission.

    The Diagnostic & Prescriptive Center was discontinued in 1988.


    1980-1988 Sandra T. Mitchell