In September, 2017, the Virginia Department of Education released its 2017-18 school accreditation ratings, which are a reflection of student performance on Standards of Learning exams. In Henrico, the number of fully accredited schools rose to 54 of the school division’s 67 elementary, middle and high schools, or 81 percent – the highest number of fully accredited schools in five years. Advanced Career Education centers and other program centers are not included in Virginia Department of Education accreditation ratings.

Schools can be accredited partially or denied accreditation when pass rates on SOL exams do not meet state targets over multiple years. Fortunately, Henrico County Public Schools has planned for this, and in many cases schools are seeing SOL scores grow in specific areas such as science, social studies, language arts and math. Divisionwide, every sub-group of students saw improvement in reading and math in 2016-17. Subgroups are: black, Hispanic, white and Asian students; along with students with disabilities; students who are economically disadvantaged; and English learners. Visit this page to see what we’re doing to enhance student achievement.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: What does it mean to be “Fully Accredited”?
A: “Fully Accredited” is the rating earned by a school when students achieve an adjusted pass rate of at least 75 percent in English reading and writing, and at least 70 percent in mathematics, science and history/social science.

Q: What does it mean to be “Partially Accredited” or “Denied”?
A: There are various ways that a school can be “Partially Accredited” or “Denied”, which occurs when schools achieve adjusted pass rates below those required to meet the Fully Accredited rating. For details, visit the Virginia Department of Education’s accreditation information.

Q: How will these ratings change for the better?
A: Schools that are “Partially Accredited” or “Denied” become “Fully Accredited” again when SOL pass rates meet state benchmarks. We expect schools to regain full accreditation as tougher SOL standards become more familiar over time.

Q: Do accreditation ratings have a negative impact on my student’s grades?
A: No. All grades and SOL scores count for your student.

Q: Do these ratings mean my student won’t graduate?
A: No. A school’s accreditation status doesn’t affect a student’s diploma status. Your school counselor can answer individual questions.

Q: Can I send my child to another school if the current one isn’t fully accredited?
A: No. Attendance and residency requirements are the same for all schools. There is no “school choice” based on accreditation. Any parent wishing their child to attend a school outside of their residency zone must apply for a variance. The rules for a variance are available here.

Q: How can I help?
A: We’re so glad you asked. You can become a mentor, a partner, a volunteer and so much more. Visit the “Community” section at the top of this page for help finding where you’d feel most helpful.

Q: How can I find out more about the state ratings?
A: The Virginia Department of Education revamped its accreditation categories in 2014 in order to recognize schools that made significant gains.

The categories include:

  • Fully accredited.
  • Partially accredited: Approaching benchmark (Schools that are not fully accredited but are within a narrow margin of the adjusted SOL pass rates required for full accreditation in one or more subject areas.)
  • Partially accredited: Improving (schools making progress toward meeting SOL criteria, as defined by state guidelines).
  • Partially accredited: Warned (Schools that may be seeing higher scores, but are not making enough progress toward state guidelines to be designated as improving).
  • Partially accredited: Reconstituted (Schools that may be seeing higher scores, but fail to meet the requirements for full accreditation for four consecutive years and receive permission from the Virginia Board of Education to reconstitute).
  • Accreditation denied.

Detailed information can be seen on the Virginia Department of Education’s accreditation page.

HCPS schools fully accredited for 2017-18
Schools with names in bold moved to full state accreditation.

Elementary schools:
Colonial Trail
Echo Lake
Glen Allen
Nuckols Farm
Rivers Edge
Seven Pines
Shady Grove
Short Pump
Springfield Park
Three Chopt
Twin Hickory

Middle schools:
Hungary Creek
Short Pump

High schools:
Deep Run
Douglas Freeman
Glen Allen
Mills Godwin
Highland Springs
J.R. Tucker

HCPS schools Partially accredited: Reconstituted for 2017-18

Elementary schools:
Fair Oaks
Highland Springs

Middle schools:
John Rolfe

Glen Lea, Laburnum and Ratcliffe elementary schools, along with Elko and L. Douglas Wilder Middle Schools, were denied accreditation.

For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.