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About Roanoke City Public Schools
Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) is an urban school division in Roanoke, Virginia, serving a PreK through 12-grade population of approximately 14,000 students. Our mission is to graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world. 


RCPS offers state of the art learning experiences, taught by teachers who are highly qualified and understand and accept the challenges of helping every student to reach their greatest potential. 

The district has 17 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, as well as four alternative schools including, Roanoke Valley Governor's School for Science & Technology and the Roanoke Technical Education Center. 

RCPS believes strong students create strong schools and ultimately a strong city. 
 





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.
School Board
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District Recognitions
Roanoke City Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate is 89%.

The NAMM Foundation, once again in 2021, has named RCPS one of the Best Communities for Music Education. This is the ninth consecutive year Roanoke City Public Schools has been recognized. 

Fishburn Park student playing the violinMadison teacher working on her computer at deskFallon Park principal posing in the library


RCPS Student and Staff Recognitions
The 2021 Roanoke City Public Schools’ graduating class has 14 student athletes who have been recruited and will play at the collegiate level, for sports including lacrosse, track, soccer, football, basketball, and wrestling.

RCPS has seven regional champions during the 2020-21 school year, six from Patrick Henry High School and one from William Fleming High School.

Taylor Frazier and Dakota Ward of Patrick Henry High School/Roanoke Technical Education Center placed first in the "Researching Learning Challenges" competition at the Educators Rising 2021 National Conference & Competition.
Uyen Tran of William Fleming High School won gold in Biology/Microbiology at the NAACP’s 43rd Annual Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO).

 
Mr. Raymond Cotter of William Fleming High School was a finalist for the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The White House will announce the winners of the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching later this year.

Eleanor Little of Patrick Henry High School/Roanoke Valley Governor's School placed fourth in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). 

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 semi-finalist 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.

William Fleming High School is a Special Olympics National Unified Champion School.


Fallon Park teacher working with a student at a tableFleming football coach holding a footballGovernor's School student working in a science lab

Additional Highlights

From the start of the pandemic on March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021, Roanoke City Public Schools in partnership with SodexoMAGIC has served more than 3 million meals.

All students receive laptops, iPad or equivalent device 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). 
 
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.

Fishburn Park student working with blocksFallon Park student working on a SMART BoardMr. Seal of Madison Middle sitting at his computer

RCPS has Pre-AP/Honors Programs at all five middle schools.

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.

Each summer, we offer a six week summer enrichment program for rising kindergarten through rising 8th graders. The program is free for RCPS students.

Students celebrating at graduationBallet dance classPH Basketball player holding a basketball

RCPS FACTS 
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).

Number of students (Pre-School – Grade 12):  13,854

Total Staff: 2,189

Special Education Students:  2,204

English Language Learners: 1,860

Gifted Students:  920

Student Ethnic Distribution

African American:  42.97%

Caucasian:  32.21%

Hispanic and other:  24.82%

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