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Highlights and Initiatives

Roanoke’s on-time graduation rate is 87%.

Both high schools are modern with state-of-the art facilities.

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.  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.

Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) received the 2015 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University for its partnership with the Roanoke Symphony.

Patrick Henry H.S. Volleyball TeamAddison teacher encouraging student on the trackVirginia Heights student smiling at the camera while she colors

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.

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.

Virginia Heights student using sign languageJROTC members at Fleming raising the flag in front of the schoolJackson student playing the chello

The NAMM Foundation has named RCPS one of the best communities for music education four 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.

Fishburn Park Elementary is a school that focuses on environmental sciences.  Enrollment is for all students in the attendance zone and by special application. 

Dr. Bishop reading to Fishburn Park studentsForest Park teacher working with a student at a computerDance Espanol program at Wasena elementary


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%

Caucasian:  37.64%

Hispanic and other:  17.20%



40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502