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We will be holding a school applications virtual information session on November 29th from 6:00-7:00 PM. We will go over the application process and answer any last-minute questions you may have. You can sign-up for this session using this registration form. Please note that this is the final virtual information session prior to the specialty and governor's school application deadline.


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. 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 SY2022-2023 application cycle, these schools include Franklin Military Academy (grades 6-8 and 9-12), Open High School (grades 9-12), Richmond Community High School (grades 9-12), Thomas Jefferson High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (grades 11-12), 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 (www.attendrvaschools.com), our online portal for school applications and new student enrollment. Learn more about RPS schools at our virtual school fair (Spanish translation is coming soon)!

Families will have until Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 4:30 PM to submit specialty and governor’s school applications, and will have until Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:30 PM to submit open enrollment applications.

Begin your application at enroll rps

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