Henrico County Public Schools expresses a divisionwide commitment to every student by communicating a vision of inclusiveness: “The right to achieve. The support to succeed.” The school division also embraces four critical cornerstones: Student Safety and Wellness, Academic Growth, Equity and Opportunity, and Relationships.

The school division has a long history of academic excellence and opportunity, and is recognized regularly as an educational leader in the Richmond area. The school system serves the families of Henrico County, Va., a diverse community of more than 320,000 which wraps west, north and east of the independent city and state capital of Richmond. Henrico is Virginia’s fifth-most populous county.

HCPS is the sixth largest public school division in Virginia, and is comprised of 72 schools and program centers. The division’s schools reflect the geographic diversity of Henrico County, and lie in bustling near-urban and suburban settings; small towns; and quiet rural areas. Click here to view a map of the school division.

Leadership: Dr. Amy E. Cashwell became superintendent of Henrico County Public Schools in July 2018. A longtime educator, Cashwell came to Henrico with a wealth of experience and a passion for public education.

The five-member Henrico School Board consists of one elected representative from each of Henrico County’s five magisterial districts. The Board elects a chair and vice chair from within its ranks. The Board holds its monthly meetings and work sessions at the New Bridge Auditorium, 5915 Nine Mile Road, Henrico 23223.

Extraordinary instruction: Among central Virginia school divisions, HCPS employs the most teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Completion of the rigorous process is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment. In January 2021, 32 HCPS teachers were recognized for achieving certification from the National Board. The group:

  • Was the most of any school division in Virginia in 2021.
  • Was the sixth largest group in the nation.
  • Makes HCPS No. 4 in Virginia for board-certified instructors on staff. The three school divisions in the commonwealth with more board-certified teachers on staff are all larger than Henrico.
  • Was the most ever in one year for HCPS. 

Information from the Virginia Department of Education before the pandemic showed Henrico schools achieving and maintaining recent gains. All nine high schools attained Virginia’s “Level 1” status in English, math and science, meaning they met or exceeded state accreditation standards, or made significant progress. All 12 middle schools attained “Level 1” status in math, as well as in addressing absenteeism. In the period since 2014-15, the school division has cut from 28 to eight the number of schools designated as not accredited or conditionally accredited. 

The division has robust programs and support services for families of students with special needs; gifted students; homebound and homeschooled students; and students learning English as a second language.

Specialty Centers: Each of the division’s high schools is state-accredited and hosts an academic specialty center. The specialty centers allow students with clear interests the chance to focus on a preferred area, such as engineering, the arts or world languages. The 2022-23 school year will add two more compelling options for students: the Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Varina High School, and the Center for Allied Health and Human Services at Hermitage High School.

Three middle schools offer the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program and two high schools offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma program.

Career and technical education: The division also has cutting-edge programs in career and technical education, at individual schools and at its Advanced Career Education centers. From learning about sustainable seafood in culinary arts classes to applying technology concepts at Richmond Raceway, HCPS’ Department of Career and Technical Education helps students become effective participants in the international economy.

Charting a course: In 2018, HCPS adopted a seven-year strategic plan, “Destination 2025.” The plan’s goals for improvement mirror the division’s four areas of focus: Student Safety and Wellness, Academic Growth, Equity and Opportunity, and Relationships.

How does HCPS know if it’s meeting the goals of the strategic plan? One way 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. Check out results from the 2020-21 survey.

Building for the future: In September 2021, ribbon-cutting ceremonies marked the culmination of an audacious undertaking: designing and building replacements for Highland Springs and J.R. Tucker high schools and doubling the capacity of Elizabeth Holladay Elementary School — all in two years. The Holladay addition was paid for through the 2016 bond referendum, which Henrico voters approved by a vote of 84%. The high schools were also financed with bond-referendum funding, along with funds from the 2013 voter-approved meals tax. The meals tax also pays for renovations to aging schools across Henrico. 

From academics to athletics, from the arts to career skills, Henrico County Public Schools is proud to be part of helping our community thrive by ensuring that each child has the right to achieve and the support to succeed.

Read about the year in review in the school division’s latest annual report and check out our Division News section for the most recent news releases and media advisories.

A national and state leader

  • HCPS’ annual “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day” has drawn international interest and spawned a host of similar events. The signing day is a career and technical education version of the common practice of athletes publicly signing letters-of-intent for NCAA athletics. Seniors sign agreements in front of families, future employers and the media. An HCPS Facebook post about the first signing day drew 36,000 likes and 3,400 comments. The event was championed by Mike Rowe of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” and HCPS students and staff were featured on national TV.

  • As part of our continuing intense focus on literacy, HCPS teamed with Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia to give students more reading options. People give about a million books to Goodwill each week in the region, most of which end up being recycled. The “Spreading Goodwill Through Books” program, coordinated by HCPS Library Services, lets staff members choose books for classroom libraries and distribution. More than 60,000 books have been reclaimed for students and families. 

  • Henrico County Public Schools earned 23 Achievement Awards for 2021 from the National Association of Counties for developing innovative programs to serve Henrico citizens. Across all agencies, Henrico County earned 38 awards, the most of any Virginia county for the 16th straight year and sixth most nationally. The counties finishing ahead of Henrico — such as Los Angeles County, and Miami-Dade County, Fla. — all have much larger populations. Three HCPS programs won awards from the Virginia Association of Counties.

  • For the 22nd straight year, the National Association of Music Merchants named HCPS one of America’s “Best Communities for Music Education” for its commitment to music instruction.

  • Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County to repeat as Henrico Schools’  Divisionwide Spelling Bee champion, and went on to the national bee. 

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.

Just the Facts

2022 Annual Stakeholder Survey Report

2019-20 Per-Pupil Expenditure

Schools and Centers

Elementary………………………………….46
Middle……………………………..12
High…………………………………9
Advanced Career Education (ACE) centers….3
Alternative program centers……………………..3
Henrico Virtual Academy ……………….1
Total schools and centers……………………………74

Students

Elementary…………………….21,219
Middle……………………………11,336
High……………………………….15,645
Other………………………………….502
Total students…………………48,702

Student Diversity

African American………………………..35.4%
Asian………………………………………….12.9%
Caucasian……………………………………34.5%
Hispanic……………………………………..11.7%
Other…………………………………………..5.5%
Economically deprived…………………..46%
(Internal calculation)
Languages spoken across the division …………..100+

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Elementary…………………………………..18.7
Middle………………………………………….17.4
High……………………………………………..19.2
(Includes students learning in person and at Henrico Virtual Academy.)

2021 Graduates

Total graduates…………………….3,612
On-Time graduation rate…….90.2%
Plan to continue education………70.6%
(Self-reported. Response rate was reduced because of COVID-19.)
Scholarships accepted…….$21.4 million
(Internal estimate. Response was reduced because of COVID-19.)

Employees

Total teachers…………………………….4,502
Total employees (full-time equivalent)………………..7,361

Finance

2021-22 Operating budget……………………….$707.5 million
Per-pupil expenditure…………………$12,732
(Data as of November 2021)