Welcome to our page dedicated to keeping you informed about Henrico County Public Schools redistricting for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years! Please check back regularly to see the latest developments.

  • Henrico County Public Schools is embarking on two important projects at the middle school level. The school division is proposing to open a new academy for gifted students in the fall of 2018 at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School. Additionally, the number of students at Hungary Creek Middle School has exceeded the school’s capacity. As a result, a two-year redistricting project is underway. The project will involve up to seven middle school attendance zones, including Brookland, Fairfield, Holman, Hungary Creek, Moody, Short Pump and Wilder middle schools and the elementary schools that feed into them. Students who are currently in middle school or high school will not be impacted by redistricting.

    The project is taking place in phases over the next two school years, and public involvement is vital before any decisions are made! The primary way to share your feedback electronically is to click on the green buttons on this page.

    2017-18 proposal:
    A small area of Hungary Creek Middle School’s attendance zone (30-50 students) will be proposed for rezoning in the fall of 2017. School division staff will recommend that rising sixth-graders (current fifth-graders) in the small area begin the 2017-18 school year at the newly zoned middle school. The small area and the newly zoned school have not yet been determined.

    2018-19 proposal:
    All other school boundary adjustments would not be implemented until the fall of 2018. As noted above, staff will recommend that rising sixth-graders (current fourth-graders) in the remaining identified areas begin the 2018-19 school year attending the newly zoned middle school.

UPDATE: March 17, 2017

The School Board heard from members of the community at a March 16 public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 phase of the redistricting process. The public hearing was held at Glen Allen High School. You can hear audio from the public hearing on the BoardDocs website, which contains archives of agendas from School Board meetings and work sessions. Click on “Meetings,” then “March 16, 2017,” “View the Agenda,” and then on the “Public Hearing” link at left.

On March 23 HCPS staff members are expected to present the small-pocket recommendations to the Board for possible approval. These changes would be effective in fall 2017.

There will be a community input session on April 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. on the more comprehensive 2018-19 phase of the redistricting process, at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School, 6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227. Please note that this location is a change from an earlier proposed site.

To see more key dates in the process, scroll down to “Redistricting Process Timeline.”

PAST UPDATES:

On March 9, HCPS staff members and CropperGIS Consulting presented several draft redistricting proposals to the Henrico County School Board. Those proposals are now available for public review and feedback. Click on the various items below, and use the green buttons to share your comments/take a survey.

There are also several opportunities to share feedback in person. Scroll down to see the redistricting process timeline. If you need further assistance interpreting this information, please call the HCPS Department of Research and Planning at 804-652-3830 or email boundaries@henrico.k12.va.us. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Two options are under consideration: “Option A” and “Option C.” (“Option B” did not generate enough School Board support during the March 9 work session to be presented for public feedback and is not included.) Each of these options includes two phases: a small shift for the 2017-18 school year affecting about 30-60 current fifth-graders; and a more comprehensive phase to take effect for the 2018-19 school year, which would affect students currently in fourth grade and younger. No current middle school or high school students are being affected by any of these proposals. Students will not be moved twice as part of this process.

Please note that redistricting is a fluid, evolving process that may continue to change during the period of public input and review. This is typical of any redistricting process. When the 2017-18 small-area proposals are modified, for example, the 2018-19 draft options may shift to reflect those changes.

Is your neighborhood subdivision included in the current draft redistricting options? View this list.

Please note the list only refers to subdivisions and may not include some apartments or townhomes. Please contact the Department of Research and Planning at the phone number or email address above if you need assistance.

Below are features of both options including links to maps. (Note: the black lines on each map represent CURRENT middle school boundaries. The various areas of color on each map represent proposed NEW boundaries to take effect for school year 2018-19. Red hash marks represent small areas under consideration for changes for 2017-18.)

OPTION A

Option A Maps (4 pages)
Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
Estimated Number of Students Affected

2017-18 phase (small-area proposal)
A small pocket of students at Echo Lake ES and Glen Allen ES would attend Holman MS beginning in 2017-18. This pocket, in the area of I-295 and Staples Mill Road, would affect about 41 current fifth-graders.

2018-19 phase (comprehensive proposal)
Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

  • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
  • More Echo Lake ES students would attend Holman MS.
  • The northern part of Glen Allen Elementary School’s attendance area would attend Holman MS.
  • Some areas now zoned for L. Douglas Wilder MS would attend Brookland MS and Moody MS.
  • All Brookland MS students would continue to attend Hermitage HS; this includes those in newly zoned Brookland attendance areas.
  • OPTION A
    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS gets some capacity relief.
    • Wilder MS is able to accommodate HCPS’ new gifted program.
    • Shady Grove ES feeds entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman and Short Pump middle schools).
    • The Echo Lake ES split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS is more balanced. (The current split is 24% Holman/76% Hungary Creek; the Option A split would be 38% Holman/62% Hungary Creek)
    • Area sent from Hungary Creek MS to Holman MS (northern part of boundary) is more efficient in terms of transportation as opposed to Option C.
    • Twin Hickory Elementary School students who live in the community behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (currently zoned to Holman MS), which improves transportation efficiency.
    • A portion of the plan can be implemented in 2017-18 without moving students more than once.
    • Interim shifts are designed to give Hungary Creek MS immediate relief. (Option A rising 2017-18 sixth-graders: 41)
    • Estimated poverty rates for six of the seven middle schools move closer to division’s overall percentage.

    Cons

    • Twin Hickory ES is split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 49% Holman MS/51% Short Pump MS.)
    • Glen Allen ES is split between Hungary Creek MS and Holman MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 61% Holman MS/39% Hungary Creek MS.)
    • Laburnum ES is split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option A split is 36% Moody MS/64% Wilder MS.)
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS. (The Option A split is 24% Henrico HS/76% Hermitage HS.)
    • Some areas moved out of Wilder MS (to Moody MS) are closer to Wilder MS.
    • Moving area from Wilder MS/Henrico HS to Brookland MS/Hermitage HS is less efficient in terms of transportation.
    • Wilder MS estimated poverty rate stays above 70 percent, although the new gifted program is not included in the estimate.

    Additional effects of Option A on middle-to-high-school feeder pattern:

    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.

OPTION C

Option C Maps (4 pages)
Estimated Poverty Rates by Option
Estimated Number of Students Affected

2017-18 phase (small-area proposal)
All Springfield Park ES students and some students at Longan ES would attend Holman MS beginning in 2017-18.

2018-19 phase (comprehensive proposal)
Beginning with the 2018-19 school year:

  • All students at Shady Grove ES and half of students attending Twin Hickory ES would attend Short Pump MS.
  • Springfield Park ES students would attend Holman MS.
  • Some Longan ES students would attend Holman MS.
  • Students in the future River Mill development would attend Brookland MS and Hermitage HS.
  • Some students currently zoned to attend Wilder MS would attend Moody MS and Fairfield MS.
  • OPTION C

    Pros:

    • Hungary Creek MS gets greater capacity relief than Option A.
    • Wilder MS is able to accommodate the new gifted program.
    • Future large residential development (River Mill) moved to Brookland MS zone. This wouldn’t affect any current students.
    • River Mill development going to Brookland MS would be more efficient for transportation than keeping this area zoned for Hungary Creek MS, where it is currently zoned to attend.
    • Twin Hickory ES students living in community behind Short Pump MS would be assigned to Short Pump MS (currently zoned to Holman MS), which improves transportation efficiency.
    • Shady Grove ES feeds entirely into Short Pump MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Short Pump MS).
    • Springfield Park ES feeds entirely into Holman MS (formerly split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS).
    • Larger portion of Holman MS feeds into J.R. Tucker HS than in Option B. (14.8% J.R. Tucker HS, 51.4% Glen Allen HS, 33.7% Deep Run HS)
    • Portion of the plan can be implemented in 2017-18 without moving students more than once. Interim shifts are designed to give Hungary Creek MS immediate relief. Option C rising 2017-18 sixth-graders: 68
    • Area sent from Wilder MS to Fairfield MS is closer to Fairfield MS and improves transportation efficiency.
    • Affects fewest number of students among the two options, although only 36 fewer than Option A. Number of students affected: 558
    • Estimated poverty rates for four of the seven middle schools get closer to the division’s overall percentage.

    Cons:

    • Longan ES is split between Holman MS and Hungary Creek MS. (The Option C split is 33% Holman MS/67% Hungary Creek MS.)
    • Laburnum ES is split between Moody MS and Wilder MS, although the split is balanced. (The Option C split is  36% Moody MS/64% Wilder MS.)
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS. (The Option C split is 7% Henrico HS/93% Highland Springs HS.)
    • Holman MS feeds 3 high schools (Deep Run, Glen Allen, J.R. Tucker). (The Option C split is 14.8% J.R. Tucker HS, 51.4% Glen Allen HS, 33.7% Deep Run HS.)
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS in Option C, but the split is more balanced than Option A. (The Option C split is 31% Henrico HS/69% Hermitage HS.)
    • Area sent from Hungary Creek MS to Holman MS (southern part of boundary) is less efficient in terms of transportation as opposed to Option A.

    Additional effects of Option C on middle-to-high-school feeder pattern:

    • Holman MS shift adds third split to Tucker HS.
    • Moody MS is split between Hermitage HS and Henrico HS.
    • Fairfield MS is split between Henrico HS and Highland Springs HS.

Check out the Middle School Redistricting Project presentation to the School Board from its March 9 work session.

Watch a video of the Mar. 9 update to the School Board.

Community Input Session
2018-19 modifications
April 6
6-7:30 p.m.
L. Douglas Wilder MS

Additional Information:

  • The timeline for the two-phase middle school redistricting process; please note that the schedule is subject to modification as needed, although every effort will be made to minimize changes.

    Significant steps in the redistricting processDateLocationTime
    School Board update: Overview of processThursday, Feb. 23, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    3 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of draft redistricting optionsThursday, March 9, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    2 p.m.
    Public hearing on draft redistricting options for areas of proposed movement for Hungary Creek MS in fall 2017 (small-area modifications)Thursday, March 16, 2017Glen Allen High School
    10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of recommendations and approval of areas of proposed movement for Hungary Creek MS in fall 2017 (small-area modifications)Thursday, March 23, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    Work Session 2 p.m.
    Meeting 6:30 p.m.
    Community input session on fall 2018 draft redistricting options (more comprehensive modifications)Thursday, April 6, 2017New Location!
    L. Douglas Wilder Middle School

    6900 Wilkinson Road, Henrico, Va. 23227
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of community input on fall 2018 draft redistricting options (The School Board may direct HCPS staff to modify options.)Thursday, April 27, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    To be determined
     School Board update: Presentation of modified fall 2018 draft redistricting options (if needed)Thursday, May 11, 2017 New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    To be determined
     Public hearing on fall 2018 draft redistricting optionsThursday, May 11, 2017Location determined:
    New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
    Time determined:
    6-7:30 p.m.
    School Board update: Presentation of recommended fall 2018 redistricting plan and approval of fall 2018 boundary changesThursday, May 25, 2017New Bridge Auditorium
    5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223
     To be determined
  • HCPS staff members are working to identify small pockets of fifth-grade students currently zoned to attend Hungary Creek Middle School. Instead of Hungary Creek, these students would attend another school in fall 2017. HCPS staff members anticipate that these shifts would affect fewer than 50 students in 2017-18, while reducing overcrowding at Hungary Creek in time for fall 2017. Staff members will also recommend that if those families of affected rising sixth-grade students have older students in middle school, those students could also attend the new middle school; this would let families avoid having students in two different middle schools at once. School transportation will be provided during the phase-in of the plan.

    All other approved school boundary adjustments will be implemented in fall 2018. Students who change schools during the limited 2017-18 boundary shifts would not be moved again for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan, and those areas would not be rezoned in the larger-scale plan.

    All other approved school boundary adjustments will be implemented in fall 2018. Students who change schools during the limited 2017-18 boundary shifts would not be moved again for the more comprehensive 2018-19 plan, and those areas would not be rezoned in the larger-scale plan.

  • This redistricting project has three phases:

    Phase 1. Data Collection and Analysis
    Phase 2. Option Development
    Phase 3. Public Input and Potential Option Revision

    Phase 1 – Data Collection
    Henrico County Public Schools has a variety of data available to support the redistricting project. The school division maintains enrollment data and has obtained development data from the Henrico County Planning Office and from developers. Data collected for this redistricting project include:

    • Fall 2016 enrollment data
    • Student counts by school census tract
    • Student yield counts for new development
    • Feeder pattern information
    • Student program participation counts (eg., special education, IB, gifted)

    As data are collected, it is integrated into a geographic information system (GIS) to enable the consultant and HCPS staff members to analyze and develop options. The reports are provided as background documents for review on the HCPS website and are used to develop draft redistricting options.

    Phase 2 – Option Development
    HCPS has contracted with Cropper GIS (http://croppergis.com/) to manage the redistricting process. Cropper GIS specializes in demographic and facility planning for K-12 school systems, cities, counties and federal agencies. They have performed hundreds of redistricting studies and believe community input and participation is vital in a successful process.

    Cropper GIS, in consultation with school division planning staff, will develop draft-option scenarios using available data to achieve the redistricting study goals. The consultant and HCPS staff members will then share options publicly with the Henrico School Board for review. HCPS will gather community input and use it to revise options or develop new ones. The consultant and HCPS staff members will again share modified or new options with the School Board, and a public hearing will be held to collect additional input from stakeholders. Further modifications to the draft options may be made before a final recommendation is presented. The Henrico School Board will approve any school boundary changes.

    What are the roles of each stakeholder in the process?

    General Public:

    • Keep informed through website and public School Board meetings
    • Submit input though an online form, email, letter and other means
    • Attend and participate in community-input meetings and public hearings

    School Board:

    • Identify goals for the project
    • Communicate community input to redistricting consultant/division staff
    • Conduct public hearing for redistricting proposal
    • Approve any school boundary changes

    HCPS staff:

    • Provide data to the consultant and assist with option development
    • Communicate with stakeholders
    • Maintain web updates and notifications throughout the process

    Redistricting consultant (Cropper GIS):

    • Analyze data with HCPS staff to develop redistricting options
    • Present options to the Henrico School Board and public along with analysis of effects on enrollment and feeder patterns
    • Facilitate community-input meetings
    • Review and analyze stakeholder input on options throughout the process

    Phase 3 – Public Input and Potential Option Revision
    Community input is a vital component in the redistricting process. The School Board, HCPS staff and the redistricting consultant look to the community to provide contextual input on draft redistricting options. There will be multiple opportunities for the community to provide input, including:

    • Online comment forms/surveys
    • Emails, letters and petitions
    • Community-input session(s)
    • Public hearing(s)

    Data will be available throughout the process on the HCPS website, in order to provide the community with the materials needed to give informed feedback, and to maintain transparency. Public comments will help HCPS staff members and the consultant modify options or develop new ones.

    Throughout the process, the focus of communication will be on helping the community participate in developing a high-quality final redistricting plan.

    What communication strategies will be used in the process?

    HCPS website: Information about the project will be posted here for the public. This includes but is not limited to relevant data, meeting presentations and tabulations related to community input. The website is the main informational resource for the general public.

    Online Comment/Survey Form:  Stakeholders are encouraged to use the online comment/survey form available on the HCPS website to provide input on the redistricting options or the general process. Using the online form will let HCPS staff members and the consultant efficiently analyze the comments for trends and reporting purposes.

    Email: The project’s email address is boundaries@henrico.k12.va.us  and can be used to provide general comments about the process.

    Voice communication, social media, mailing and backpack flyers: A variety of methods will be used to inform the community of redistricting events, opportunities to participate, and general progress.

    Public meetings: The public will be invited to get information and provide input and feedback through a minimum of two open meetings. Other opportunities for public input will be provided as needed as the project progresses.

  • Specific contiguous school-attendance zones may be included in the redistricting project because of one or more of the following reasons:

    • their need for enrollment relief due to student growth or instructional programming change
    • their zone configuration and proximity to schools needing enrollment relief
    • their available capacity

    The project is focused on the attendance zones of the seven middle schools below. The scope is limited to these seven schools to minimize disruption to the broader community; to address critical needs in a concentrated area; and to reduce possible disruptions to school feeder-patterns that may need to be addressed.

    Brookland, Fairfield, and Moody: These schools are contiguous to Hungary Creek and/or L. Douglas Wilder Middle Schools and may have available space to allow adjacent attendance zones to be reconfigured, in order to address overcrowding in the area.

    (Brookland’s feeder schools are Chamberlayne, Dumbarton, Holladay, Johnson, Longdale and Trevvett.)

    (Fairfield’s feeder schools are Adams, Ashe, Harvie, Highland Springs and Ratcliffe.)

    (Moody’s feeder schools are Holladay and Lakeside.)

    Holman: The Holman zone lies between the Short Pump and Hungary Creek attendance zones and may help address overcrowding at adjacent schools as boundaries are reconfigured.

    (Holman’s feeder schools are Colonial Trail, Echo Lake, Rivers Edge, Shady Grove, Springfield Park and Twin Hickory.)

    Hungary Creek: Hungary Creek has enrollment above the schools’ capacity and new development will continue to contribute to overcrowding. The school will benefit from having its boundaries adjusted to address overcrowding.

    (Hungary Creek’s feeder schools are Echo Lake, Glen Allen, Greenwood, Longan and Springfield Park.)

    Short Pump: Short Pump has available space to support boundary adjustments in the area and is adjacent to Holman Middle School.

    (Short Pump’s feeder schools are Colonial Trail, Kaechele, Nuckols Farm and Shady Grove.)

    L. Douglas Wilder: In fall 2018, Wilder is slated to host a countywide academy for gifted students. When the program is fully phased in, the school will serve an additional 300 students. Because space will be needed to support the program, boundary adjustments are needed to prevent overcrowding.

    (Wilder’s feeder schools are Chamberlayne, Glen Lea, Harvie, Laburnum and Ratcliffe.)

  • A look at HCPS middle school enrollment:

    SchoolCapacity2016 enrollment2016 enrollment-to-capacity
    ratio
    2017 enrollment projection2017 enrollment-projection-to-capacity
    ratio
    Brookland1,3541,03476.4 percent1,08880.4 percent
    Fairfield1,3481,01175 percent1,02476 percent
    Holman1,05893087.9 percent92687.5 percent
    Hungary Creek9861,092110.8 percent1,148116.4 percent
    Moody1,2061,01884.4 percent1,03585.8 percent
    Short Pump1,23880965.3 percent83367.3 percent
    L. Douglas Wilder98277478.8 percent76377.7%

    Based on current enrollment data, planned development and instructional needs, the redistricting project will focus on three goals:

    1. Provide programming space for the academy for gifted students at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.
    2. Provide relief for overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School, which is currently above capacity.
    3. Explore opportunities to reduce the concentration of poverty among those middle schools involved in the redistricting process, while maintaining a community-school concept.
  • This table shows the enrollment adjustments needed to both relieve overcrowding at Hungary Creek Middle School and create space for a countywide gifted academy at L. Douglas Wilder Middle School.

    The last column – “Approximate Targeted NET Adjustment” – shows either the number of students who would need to be removed from a school to meet a target (the yellow-shaded rows) or the number of students that a school could add before it reaches 90 percent capacity through the 2021-22 school year.

    MIDDLE SCHOOLEnrollment 2016-17Gifted Program Adjustment by 20202Functional CapacityUtilizationEnrollment Target
    (90 percent of Capacity)
    Approximate Targeted NET Adjustment1
    BROOKLAND1,034 1,35476.4 percent1,219185
    FAIRFIELD1,011 1,34875 percent1,213202
    HOLMAN930 1,05887.9 percent95222
    HUNGARY CREEK1,092 986110.8 percent887-205
    MOODY1,018 1,20684.4 percent1,08567
    SHORT PUMP809 1,23865.3 percent1,114305
    WILDER77430098278.8 percent884-190
    1“Approximate Targeted Net Adjustment” shows number of students exceeding the targets for relieving overcrowding at a school (yellow-shaded rows), or the number of students that a school can add before it goes over 90 percent.
    2Gifted program adjustment for Wilder MS will be phased in with 100 rising sixth-graders beginning fall 2018. An additional 100 students per year will be phased in through 2020, totaling 300 students at full implementation of the program.
  • Some common objectives and guidelines are used whenever HCPS conducts redistricting studies.

    Objectives
    Henrico Schools keeps four major objectives in mind when establishing school boundaries:

    1. To make efficient use of present and planned school facilities. To do this, HCPS looks at:
      • Current and projected student population growth within school census tracts and school zones.
      • Plans for new school construction.
      • Feasibility of facility expansion and/or renovation to provide comparable educational facilities.
      • Special programs at a particular school building that may have different space needs than typical classes. (Some special program classrooms, for example, typically have fewer students than classrooms arranged in a more traditional format.)
    2. To further the grade-level goals of elementary schools (K-5), middle schools (6-8) and high schools (9-12).
    3. To maintain the concept of geographic zoning for schools, which encourages the participation and involvement of geographically contiguous communities.
    4. To provide all students the best physical learning environment possible through the uniform and equitable use of facilities according to the division’s educational program needs.

    Procedural Guidelines

    Guidelines used when attendance zones are changed:

    HCPS tries to ensure the continuity of a child’s K-12 progress. This continuity seeks to avoid having a family with children in two different schools at the same educational level, except for the placement of children in special programs.

    Implementing a rezoning plan over several years is preferable if it minimizes the need for additional boundary changes for a community in the near or immediate future. (e.g., the possibility of phasing in certain changes to avoid additional changes when new school construction is completed.)

    HCPS tries to use major roads and natural boundaries  whenever feasible to define attendance zones.

    The school division makes all reasonable efforts to ensure that geographic zones are contiguous and that clearly identifiable community components, such as apartment units or subdivisions, are kept together if possible.

    All legal and judicial guidelines for the maintenance of a unitary school system are strictly adhered to.

    HCPS tries to establish zones where students can walk to school where possible.

    Henrico Schools tries to create attendance zones that work efficiently with the transportation system provided by the school division.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Henrico County Public Schools Department of Research and Planning at 804-652-3830.

To follow the latest developments in the process, you may also check BoardDocs to view upcoming discussions as well as past presentations. You can also visit our Middle School Transformation page to keep up with the gifted academy at Wilder and the integration of STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – concepts across all HCPS middle schools.