Welcome Back-to-School Message


I trust each of you had a wonderful summer and that it was filled with great moments and memories with family and friends.  As we prepare to launch the 2017-2018 school year at Richmond Community High School, I’m delighted to report that our school is fully staffed with an amazing blend of experienced and youthful educators. All teachers are highly qualified and multi-talented. I believe our faculty/staff is as, or more, capable than any you’ll find in any high school in the Richmond region.

As I think about the upcoming school year, I’m extremely excited about this next chapter we are about to write in our school’s storied history. A large and diverse incoming freshman class (more than 70 students) will enable us to build upon the culture of excellence that has been the hallmark of Richmond Community High School for almost 40 years. In fact, we’ll celebrate our school’s 40th anniversary in June 2018 and hope you’ll join us and the RCHS Alumni Association for the celebratory events. More information will follow in the coming months.

This year we’ll continue to refine how we collaborate, make decisions and solve school problems. We will explore new ways of solving problems and implementing programs in an effort to further improve our student’s performance. I believe this will have an enormously positive impact for everyone – especially our students. In this, I share our new mantra: “We are united in developing scholars to serve the community.” It is with this belief that we will enhance our sense of community and school pride. Tradition and pride in RCHS will be just as evident in today’s students as it has been in those who graduated years ago and are now very active across the nation.

In partnership with our families, alumni and the RCHS Advisory Board, we will strive to build upon a culture of college readiness, where everyone is a learner, everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a leader! Because we expect all our students to pursue post-secondary options, we want them to meet or exceed all of Virginia’s and the College Board’s standards. This will require that they receive the best possible instruction daily and commit to excellence. We will implement a variety of strategies such as open collaboration between teachers and parents, and the use of data to address unique learning styles/gaps.

The relationship between parents and teachers is extremely important in helping to create and maintain a positive and safe school culture and climate. As a community, we must be on the same team in demanding that our scholars respect each other and all adults. College readiness also requires that we build within each student excellent character and other positive workplace attributes.

The RCHS faculty and staff are committed to CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT and we are determined to BE EXCELLENT in our school performance, climate and culture. WE ARE RCHS!

Thank you in advance for your continued support of Richmond Community and please know that our team is committed to helping all students achieve academic success in high school and beyond.

Respectfully yours,

J. Austin Brown, Principal