• 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.

Richmond Alternative School (RAS)

  • The predecessors of this program were the Adult Learning Center, the Adult Accelerated Learning Center (AALEC), and Adult Career Development Center (ACDC).

    In June 1983, RAMPS (Richmond Area Manpower System) provided some funds to renovate the Graves Building for the joint operation of a career development program for dropouts, potential dropouts, and unskilled adults. The child care training facilities were completed in 1987.

    The Adult Career Development Center serves adults and out-of-school youth who desire to continue their education, as well as regular day-school students who are in need of extra high school credits. The day and evening classes include adult basic education, G.E.D. preparation, high school completion, conversational English as a second language, hobby classes, and vocational programs (occupational child care, food service, office services, and geriatric nursing).

    The adult center has operated from several locations:

    1970-1976 Carver School 1113 West Moore Street
    1976-1984 West End School 2100 Idlewood Avenue
    1984- Graves Building 119 West Leigh Street

    1991-1992 194 + 46 (Pre-K Park Program)

    1970- Jerry Dale Browder Sally Ribeiro