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The 2023-2024 school applications window for open enrollment, specialty, and governor's schools opened on October 14, 2022. Applications for specialty and governor's schools closed on December 1, 2022; open enrollment applications closed on February 1, 2023.

CodeRVA Regional High School has a separate application for rising 9th graders that opened on Monday January 2, 2023. The application for CodeRVA closed on Friday, February 17th, 2023. Families can learn more about the school on CodeRVA's website

RPS conducts an annual cycle of school applications for a variety of school and program types to meet the needs and interests of students and families. This page connects current and prospective RPS families to critical information about RPS school offerings as well as the application and selection process.

Additional information about each unique school type application, including frequently asked questions, can be accessed by clicking the blue underlined links in the list below:

  • Open Enrollment – Any RPS school that does not have an application process for admission can be accessed by out-of-zone students through a random open enrollment lottery, including the lottery for Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (grades K-5). Seats vary year to year based on enrollment projections compared against staffing and building capacity.
  • Specialty Schools and Programs – Specialty schools are RPS secondary schools that require an application process for admission. For the SY2023-2024 application cycle, these schools include Franklin Military Academy (grades 6-8 and 9, 10 and 11), Open High School (grades 9 and 10), Richmond Community High School (grades 9 and 10), Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (grade 11), and the Governor's STEM Academy at Richmond Technical Center (a part time program for RPS students; rising 9th graders may apply).
  • Regional Governor’s Schools – While each regional governor’s school application process is managed by an overarching body, RPS supports the application process for Richmond City residents applying to Maggie Walker Regional Governor's School and Appomattox Regional Governor's School. CodeRVA applications are handled separately by CodeRVA.

All applications for school types listed above must be submitted via Enroll RPS (, our online portal for school applications and new student enrollment. Learn more about RPS schools at our virtual school fair (en Espanol)!

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