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Teacher and two middle school students working on a Science ProjectJackson Middle school student playing the violinTwo William Fleming students working in a Science Lab

Mission

Graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world.


Vision

To be a model for urban public education.

 


Core Beliefs



We believe:

  • Our diversity is a source of strength.
  • Our schools must be safe.
  • All students are capable of meeting high expectations.
  • We are accountable for our students’ success.
  • Every individual in our Division contributes to student success.
  • We have a responsibility to work collaboratively with our families.
  • Respect, trust, and honest communication are the foundation of successful and productive relation-ships.
  • The vitality of our community depends on a strong school system.

Patrick Henry Girls Swim Team standing outside, Wells Fargo Tower in the backgroundROTEC student standing in front of an ambulanceFishburn Park student working in the school garden


Highlights and Initiatives

Roanoke’s on-time graduation rate is 90%.

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

In May 2018, the Air Force JROTC units at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools each earned the Distinguished Unit with Merit Award.  Only 118 units nationwide received this distinction.

In March 2018, the Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team won a State Championship.  The Patriots have won four state titles in Forensics the last five years.

In February 2018, Patrick Henry High School Girls Swim Team won its third consecutive State Title. 

In February 2018, Noah Bowers of Patrick Henry High School won two individual State Titles in swimming.

In February 2018, Tyress Wade of William Fleming High School won his second consecutive State Title in wrestling.

May 2017, Forest Park Academy exceeded 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 received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in June 2017 at Yale University.

Anne Travers of Virginia Heights Elementary received the 2017 Special Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

Crystal Spring Elementary and Grandin Court Elementary received the 2017 Board of Education Excellence Awards.

Fishburn Park teacher and RCPS+ student working on a roller coasterHurt Park principal sitting in a rocking chair with students around her holding booksElementary student using her hands to beat a drum


Eighth, ninth, tenth, and eleventh 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 up to three 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.

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 2016-2017, a record number of 2,050 industry certifications were awarded.

Patrick Henry student, dressed in his band uniform, playing a musical instrumentRCPS+ students taking part in a Stream School at Fishburn ParkFleming JROTC cadets dressed in army fatigues, presenting the flags

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


RCPS+ student working on an IpadHurt Park gym teacher with several of her students on the playgroundRCPS+ middle school students using straws for Sailboat Races


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).

Need to know what school your child will attend?  View Attendance Zones here. To see a virtual tour of any of our schools, click here

Number of students (Pre-School – Grade 12):  13,686

Total Staff: 2,218

Special Education Students:  2,155

English Language Learners:  1,723

Gifted Students:  959

Student Ethnic Distribution

African American:  44.48%

Caucasian:  37.17%

Hispanic and other:  18.35%





           






                                      

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502