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RPS Launches Secondary Success Center

Richmond Public Schools (RPS) announced the launch of the Secondary Success Center, a program designed to help former RPS students complete their high school diploma or earn a GED.

The “Secondary Success Center is one way that we are reimagining alternative education and eliminating barriers that prevent our students from reaching their full potential,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “It’s imperative that we meet students where they are at and create different pathways for success.”

The Secondary Success Center will be open to all Richmond City residents, ages 17-21, who previously dropped out of an RPS high school. The program has been specifically designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners and to make participation as convenient as possible. Through flexible academic programming and scheduling, students will be able to attend evening courses on a pace and schedule that works best for them. 

The Secondary Success Center is designed to offer our young people a different experience from the one they left in their traditional high school. 

“When we spoke with our youth who dropped out of high school, one of the themes we consistently heard was that the traditional school day doesn’t work for every student. And even when we were able to get students back in school, we were sending them to the same environment that didn’t work for them in the first place,” said Dr. Tracy Epp, RPS Chief Academic Officer. “The center is just the beginning of the creative solutions we can find when we listen to our young people, partner with the community, and join hands to ensure success for all our students. 

The Secondary Success Center will include individualized academic counseling, post-secondary and career exploration, and wraparound supports. Students will work one-on-one with counselors and mentors to develop personalized academic and career plans. With support from licensed teachers, students will have the opportunity to take digital courses to earn credits towards graduation and prepare for state testing requirements.

The center is located at the following location: 

  • Hickory Hill Community Center, 3000 E Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA 23234

RPS will host a kickoff event and informational session for interested students and families on Monday, February 3, 2020 at Hickory Hill Community Center at 5:30pm.

For additional information, contact The Office of Academic Programs and Supports at rpssecondarysuccess@rvaschools.net or 804-780-7797.