Highlights and Initiatives
Roanoke’s on-time graduation rate is 87%.
Both high schools are modern with state-of-the art facilities.
May 2017, Forest Park Academy will reach 1,000 graduates. It is a specialized school that allows high school students to graduate, no matter the challenges.
Fairview Elementary won the Les Paul Legacy Classroom Project Award. This national award was made possible thanks to the Les Paul Foundation and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
Jeff Midkiff of Patrick Henry High School will receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in June 2017 at Yale University.
Crystal Spring Elementary was recognized as a national 2015 Blue Ribbon School. Crystal Spring received the 2016 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Governor's Award for Educational Excellence.
Fishburn Park Elementary, Grandin Court Elementary, and Highland Park Elementary each received the 2016 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.
The William Fleming Boys Indoor Track Team won the 4A State Championship in Winter of 2017. The is the first State Title in Track and Field for William Fleming in 32 years.
Patrick Henry High School Girls Swim Team has won the Group 5A State Championship for the last two years.
Reid Tenzer, a sophomore at Patrick Henry High School and the Roanoke Valley Governor's School, was one of two Grand Award winners at the Regional Science. She will now compete at the International Science Fair in Los Angeles.
Cian St. Clair, Zach Harvey, and Austin Lubosch of ROTEC won Gold in Welding Fabrication at the Skills USA State Competition. They now compete nationally in Louisville, Kentucky in June.
Eighth, ninth, and tenth graders receive laptops for school and home use
The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology (RVGS) is a specialized regional center for the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). RVGS serves 269 students from 7 localities. Roanoke City has 128 slots available.
The Community College Access Program (CCAP) allows
graduating seniors to attend Virginia Western Community College
tuition-free for two years. To learn more about the program, click here
Students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High
School can take dual enrollment classes at Virginia Western Community
College at no cost to them.
Students participate in 42 different sports programs at the middle and high school levels.
RCPS offers 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students. Additional AP courses are offered through Virtual Virginia.
All students have access to musical instruments, thanks to a partnership with VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Middle and high schools have string orchestras, bands, and choral programs.
Working in Support of Education (W!se) recognized Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools as two of the 100 Best W!SE High Schools teaching Personal Finance in the country.
High school students can take a variety of Career and Technical Education classes. During 2015-2016, a record number of 1,788 industry certifications were awarded.
The NAMM Foundation has named RCPS one of the best communities for music education five years in a row.
RCPS has Pre-AP/Honors Programs at all five middle schools.
Each summer, we offer a six week summer enrichment program for rising kindergarten through rising 9th graders. The program is free for RCPS students.
Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) received the 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University for its partnership with the Roanoke Symphony.
FACTS ABOUT ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (RCPS)
Elementary Schools: 17
Middle Schools: 5
High Schools: 2
Programs: 4 (Forest Park Academy, Governor’s School for Science and Technology, Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) and Noel Taylor Academy).
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Number of students (Pre-School – Grade 12): 13,676
Total Staff: 2,156
Special Education Students: 2,091
English Language Learners: 1,423
Gifted Students: 941
Student Ethnic Distribution
African American: 44.16%
Hispanic and other: 17.20%