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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.

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School Recognitions

In June 2020, Crystal Spring Elementary received the 2020 Board of Education Highest Achievement Award.  

The following schools were honored with the 2020 Board of Education Continuous Improvement Award: 
- Fallon Park Elementary
- Fishburn Park Elementary
- Monterey Elementary
- Morningside Elementary
- Patrick Henry High School
- Preston Park Elementary
- Virginia Heights Elementary
- Wasena Elementary
- William Fleming High School.

 
RCPS Student Recognitions

Patrick Henry Girls Cross Country team placed second in the regional race and qualified for the state meet during the 2020-2021 school year.

Patrick Henry Golf team won the 5D Regional Tournament during the 2020-2021 school year. Maxell Stevens was the tournament medalist with a 77 after winning an 8 hole playoff.

Micah Jones of William Fleming High School won five regional championships and two state championships in indoor track during the 2020-2021 school year.


William Fleming Men's Indoor Track Team placed 4th in the state overall during the 2020-2021 school year.

Patrick Henry Men's Indoor Track 4x200m Team were the regional champions and placed 3rd at states during the 2020-2021 school year.

Patrick Henry High School Girls Basketball won the regional championship and were state 5A runner up during the 2020-2021 school year.

Patrick Henry High School Boys Basketball won the regional championship and were state semi-finalist during the 2020-2021 school year.

Megan McGinnis of Patrick Henry High School won two regional championships and one state championship in swimming during the 2020-2021 school year.

Kemper John of Patrick Henry High School won a regional championship in swimming during the 2020-2021 school year.

Anna Hill of Patrick Henry High School won a super regional championship in forensics during the 2020-2021 school year.

Taylor Frazier of Patrick Henry High School won a regional championship in forensics during the 2020-2021 school year.

Silvia Wardell of Patrick Henry High School won a regional championship and placed second in state in forensics during the 2020-2021 school year.

Tatum Jepson and Adrian Suppes of Patrick Henry High School were selected for the Virginia All State Band during the 2020-2021 school year.

Ethan Bowlby and Mahkayla Lafferty of Patrick Henry High School were selected for the Virginia All State Choir during the 2020-2021 school year.

William Fleming Football team won the regional championship and were state runner up during the 2020-2021 school year.

Toby Tate of Patrick Henry High School was selected for the Virginia All State Jazz Band during the 2020-2021 school year.


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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.

 
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All students have access to musical instruments, thanks to a partnership with 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 8th 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.


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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).

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.

Number of students (Pre-School – Grade 12):  13,749

Total Staff: 2,259

Special Education Students:  2,324

English Language Learners:  1,812

Gifted Students:  986

Student Ethnic Distribution

African American:  44.12%

Caucasian:  35.28%

Hispanic and other:  20.60%

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