• 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.

REAL School

  • 4929 Chamberlayne Avenue (Corner of Chamberlayne & Azalea Avenues)

    The REAL School (Richmond Educational Alternative for Learning) was established in 1979, as a five-day residential program for emotionally disturbed pupils, ages 13-17. From 1979-82, it was housed in three rented cottages at the Virginia Methodist Children's Home, 3900 West Broad Street, and was sometimes referred to as the "3900 School."

    In 1982, the program relocated to the building formerly identified as Brook Hill.

    Enrollment:
    1983-1984 14
    1991-1992 12

    Principal:
    1979-1980 Daniel K. Morrisey

    Lead Teacher:
    1980-1981 Terry Lee Smith

    Director:
    1981-1992 Terry Lee Smith (Acting 1981-82)
    1992 Thomas Larkin