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D+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    C-
  4. College Prep
    C
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Richmond City Public Schools is a public school district located in Richmond, VA. It has 25,015 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.

Richmond City Public Schools Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
60%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
66%
Average SAT
990
721 responses
Average ACT
21
88 responses

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
25,015
Free or Reduced Lunch
90.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,459
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.1%

Finances

Total Expenses
$324,956,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,413/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$48,993
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,170
National
$949
Median Home Value
$373,300
National
$184,700

Richmond City Public Schools Reviews

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I have always been a Richmond City Public School student. I attended Bellemeade Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, and the combined Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary. For middle school, I attended T.C. Boushall Middle School where I excelled past expectations. From there I was accepted into Open High School, Richmond Community High School, and Maggie L. Walker Governors School for government and international studies. RPS schools thank the little things and make them larger and accessible for students, families, and faculty. I would like to see more city funding go into programs specialized for helping students accomplish greater things as I have. Because of RPS I am a junior and Maggie Walker and on the path of graduating.
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Richmond Public Schools lost my IDE when I transferred and as a special needs student, I lost a lot of resources that could have been provided to me due to poor administration. I also believe that our facilities should not have water leaking from the ceiling, hidden mold throughout the school, and poor school spirit due to a lack of funding and structural changes within the school. I also believe that a lack of college readiness is an understatement when it comes to Richmond Public Schools. If the city wants us the students to innovate and invest within our communities we need a funded public education system that can provide that. We need more focus on technical skills or trades and college within the Richmond Public School system.
The experience I had being a student at Richmond Public Schools has been a journey, an interesting one nonetheless. I've had the opportunity to attend this district from K through 12. Being in this atmosphere for so long has taken a toll on me and prepared me for the real world, which is something that needs to be implemented in every high school everywhere. I can say I really enjoyed the way the school grooms their students into becoming the best they be each and every day. There hasn't been one day I went here and felt like I wasn't getting all the information needed in any subject or curriculum I took. I've learned how to exceed expectations and elevate to the next level at ease. On the other hand, what I would like to see change would be the culture. I feel like many of the students at the school lack an identity and it's easy for them to feel left out. If you don't play sports then you most likely will be left out and feel unwelcome in my opinion.