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Open Enrollment & Specialty School Process Continues Until November 30

Richmond Public Schools wants to see each of our students thrive! Every child needs to feel loved, supported, and challenged to become his or her best. RPS empowers our families to find the best environment for each child through the Open Enrollment and Specialty School application process. This school selection opportunity gives our families a say in the next step of a child's education. 

Open Enrollment is a lottery process that allows students in grades pre-K through 11th grade a chance to attend a different school. (Note: RPS will not provide transportation to a student that is selected through Open Enrollment to attend an out-of-zone school.)

Specialty School Applications are competitive and school-based. Students may apply to more than one school. Each school has different submission requirements. Students and families should pay close attention to the documents needed for each individual school application.

Specialty Schools include:

  • Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
  • Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
  • Franklin Military Academy
  • Open High School
  • Richmond Community High School
  • International Baccalaureate Programs (Thomas Jefferson High & Lucille M. Brown Middle)

The Registration Gateway platform will be used for Open Enrollment and to apply for specialty schools. Registration Gateway will close on 4:30 pm on Friday, November 30.  

This year, RPS has added several support features for families:

  • The Technology and Academic Services teams offered eight well attended Family Support Nights, which provided an in-person overview and technical help for parents and students.
  • Applicants have access to an all-Spanish language version of the Registration Gateway portal.
  • Several highly detailed how-to-guides have been created and posted on our webpage dedicated to the process
  • Families can contact staff via email or by phone(between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm) with questions regarding:

Open Enrollment & Technical Questions: (804) 780-1850 or      

Specialty Schools: (804) 780-7805 or

Registration Gateway will close on 4:30 pm on Friday, November 30.

For more information and access to online resources and Registration Gateway, visit