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Graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world.


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%.

All schools are fully accredited.

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

In June 2019, Crystal Spring Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Patrick Henry High School, and Westside Elementary were awarded the 2019 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award.

In May 2019, Crystal Spring and Grandin Court Elementary Schools received the 2019 Board of Education Excellence Awards.

In May 2019, Tajai Jackson of William Fleming High School won three Regional titles in Track.

In May 2019, the Patrick Henry High School Girls Lacrosse Team won the Regional Championship.

In April 2019, Nicole Doherty of Patrick Henry High School was named the 2019 NATIONAL Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  

In April 2019, Catherine Burton of Monterey Elementary was named the recipient of the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Early Career Special Educator Award.

In March 2019, Joanne Villers of the Roanoke Valley Governor's School received the 2019 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award by the Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society.

In March 2019, Patrick Henry High School's Forensics Team won its 5th State Title.

In February 2019, Patrick Henry High School Girls Swim Team won its fourth consecutive State Title. 

The NAMM Foundation has named RCPS one of the Best Communities for Music Education for seven consecutive years. 

In February 2019, Noah Bowers of Patrick Henry High School won two individual State Titles in swimming.

In November 2018, Caroline Eschenbach of Virginia Heights Elementary received a $25,000 prize from the Milken Foundation.  She is only recipient from Virginia this year.  Click here for more information about the award.

In September 2018, Jamie Nichols of Lucy Addison Middle was named the Region 6 Teacher of the Year.

Forest Park Academy has exceeded 1,300 graduates.  This specialized school helps high school students overcome challenges and graduate.

Anne Travers of Virginia Heights Elementary received the 2018 Special Education Teacher Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

Jeff Midkiff of Patrick Henry High School received the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award in June 2017 at Yale University.

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 graders and all high school students 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.


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

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.

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


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).

Click here for School Quality Reports from the Virginia Department of Education

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