Yesterday I came home to a flyer on my door. You know, one of those things that you typically grab and send straight to recycling without even looking at it? Well, I was going to do that, but something about it caught my eye. For starters, it was way nicer looking (and feeling) than most things that are left on my doorknob. So, I read it, and I’m sharing it with you. It’s about Richmond Public Schools, and the information (below) is worth passing along. In their words:
About Richmond Public Schools
(the following information is adapted from www.richmond.k12.va.us) The district serves approximately 24,000 students, representing the region’s diverse socioeconomic mix. RPS is comprised of 28 elementary schools—including Virginia’s first public charter elementary school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty secondary schools. The district also operates two career and technical education facilities, three regional preschool learning centers, two exceptional education schools and participates in two regional Governor’s School programs. Gifted and talented students are served by SPACE (Special Program for Academic and Creative Excellence) and by advanced placement and dual enrollment courses at the high school level.
Elementary Schools: The Choice for Parents:
Elementary schools in Richmond serve all of the city’s unique and diverse neighborhoods. The instructional program at every RPS elementary school is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the core subject areas of reading, math, science and social studies. What makes Richmond’s elementary schools truly special are the low student-teacher ratios that allow for a more personalized instructional approach— as well as the “extras” provided for students and families. Some schools feature Spanish immersion classes, harp instruction and other learning experiences that expose students to a broad range of historical, scientific and cultural topics. Every Richmond elementary school features foreign language instruction, band and orchestra. The district offers 51 Virginia Preschool Initiative and 51 Head Start classes—many are located in most elementary schools—helping to prepare our preschoolers for school and life. Richmond’s elementary schools are the choice for parents.
Middle schools in Richmond serve students in grades six through eight. Located throughout the city, the district’s eight middle schools are the academic and social bridge for students making the transition from elementary to high school. Every middle school emphasizes mastery of the core academic subjects while also introducing students to a variety of elective courses, including foreign languages, technology, the arts and SPACE (Special Program for Academic and Creative Excellence). The district’s Middle School Renaissance Initiative offers thematic instruction at each middle school during extended-day opportunities. For example, International Baccalaureate students at Lucille Brown study global affairs, while Binford Middle School students explore the visual arts. Students at Elkhardt study world languages; for those at Henderson, the thematic focus is legal studies and finance. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School focuses on arts and health sciences, and at Albert Hill students are groomed to become their generation’s leaders. Boushall students study business, while Thompson students explore science, technology engineering and mat (STEM). Finally, Franklin Military Leadership Academy, the state’s first public military middle school, emphasizes public service.
Why do parents and students choose to attend a RPS high school? Well, maybe it’s because the district has high schools like Richmond Community and Open High that rate among America’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report. Or, it could be Franklin Military Academy, the nation’s first public military high school. Then again, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Thomas Jefferson High School offers a worldwide instructional model for college-bound students. In fact, every Richmond Public high school provides students with a strong foundation in the core academic subject areas while also exposing them to fine arts, music and athletics. Still, what makes Richmond’s high schools unique are their real-world offerings. For example, students and teachers at Huguenot High School benefit from the James Madison University Professor-in-Residence Partnership. Armstrong High School features the University of Virginia College Guide Program, and John Marshall students operate an onsite federal credit union. George Wythe has partnerships with James Madison University and Team-Up, which provide students further opportunities for academic and athletic enrichment. Additional options for parents and students include the Maggie L. Walker and Appomattox Regional Governor’s Schools and the Richmond Technical Center, a career and vocational training facility that offers 44 CTE programs and more than 70 CTE credential opportunities. Richmond Public high schools truly have something for everyone.