The leadership of Henrico County Public Schools regularly reviews what we’re doing, where we want to go, and how we can do a better job helping students succeed.

Our strategic plan for 2015-18 has four overarching goals for improvement: Student Safety, Academic Progress, Closing Gaps and Relationships. For each of these areas, we’ve identified what we’re doing to achieve the outcomes we want.

One way we chart our progress toward the strategic plan goals is by asking our stakeholders. Every two years, parents, students, HCPS employees and business leaders are invited to give their views on what Henrico Schools is doing well and what the division could do better. Click here to see the results of the 2016 stakeholder surveys and focus groups.

If you’d like to know more about how HCPS is moving forward, the links below will let you dig a little deeper.

The 2015-18 HCPS Strategic Plan also includes the HCPS mission statement (what we do) and our vision statement (why we do it):

Our Vision: Henrico County Public Schools believes in the right to achieve and the support to succeed for all.

Our Mission: Henrico County Public Schools, an innovative leader in educational excellence, will actively engage our students in diverse educational, social, and civic learning experiences that inspire and empower them to become contributing citizens.

Click here to review the goals and desired outcomes/indicators in the 2015-18 HCPS Strategic Plan. This version can be printed for your convenience.

Click here to review a larger document, which includes implementation tools and data that HCPS will use to achieve the desired outcomes/indicators.

Click here to review additional components of the plan, including information about enrollment projections, instructional technology and school improvement.

Student Safety

Henrico County Public Schools will provide expectations and training for all students/staff (school community) contributing to a physically and emotionally safe, clean, and orderly environment.

Henrico County Public Schools will provide consistent positive behavior intervention and supports in PK-12 while ensuring the Code of Student Conduct is followed.

Henrico County Public Schools will foster open dialogue and safe communication channels for all stakeholders.


  • Above average or outstanding on all safety audits
  • Decrease in out-of-school suspensions
  • Stakeholder survey results from student and staff show decrease in bullying as an issue

Academic Progress

Henrico County Public Schools will ensure that ALL students will achieve to their fullest potential.

Henrico County Public Schools will utilize a uniform method of monitoring and encouraging student growth
beyond standardized achievement tests.

Henrico County Public Schools will ensure supportive procedures for quality instruction across the division.

Henrico County Public Schools will establish and monitor programs that focus on successful progression
between grade levels.

Henrico County Public Schools will provide opportunities for students to develop life skills that will ensure
individual success in a 21st century global society.


  • Student stakeholder survey
  • On-time graduation rates
  • Students will show a score increase in NWEA Measures of Academic Progress, Standards of Learning tests, Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening, end-of-year testing. 
  • Increase in the number of students enrolled in advanced courses (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors)
  • Increase in the number of students in dual-enrollment classes
  • Decrease dropout rates
  • Safety audit data pertaining to internet safety instruction

Closing Gaps

Henrico County Public Schools will provide staff development and resources to focus on literacy intervention and mathematics proficiency at all grade levels.

Henrico County Public Schools will publish and analyze data at the division and school level to respond to barriers preventing students from meeting their academic potential.

Henrico County Public Schools will set policies and procedures to attract and retain staff with proficiency in recognizing and overcoming barriers to student achievement.


  • Graduation rates (gap data)
  • Standards of Learning gap data
  • Discipline gap data; i.e. minority, students with disabilities, socio-economic status 
  • Third-grade reading report by gap group
  • Increase Advanced Placement participation by gap group
  • Data on staff retention/attrition


Henrico County Public Schools will foster positive student/teacher/parent relationships through established
programs with monitored expectations. 

Henrico County Public Schools will practice civic responsibility and good stewardship of resources in our

Henrico County Public Schools will create community-friendly schools in which families, students, and employees feel valued, respected, and acknowledged.

Henrico County Public Schools will build cultural understanding and appreciation among staff through focused staff development.


  • Stakeholder surveys (focusing on improvement)
  • Decrease out-of-school suspensions
  • Decrease truancy
  • Increase family and community engagement as measured by increased participation in our schools
  • Increase community service hours and number of community service opportunities