Henrico County Public Schools expresses a division wide 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 system serves the families of Henrico County, Virginia, 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 serving more than 50,000 students. 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.

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. Follow her progress and recommendations for HCPS through Amy’s Passport.

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.

Academic excellence and opportunity are hallmarks of Henrico County Public Schools. Twenty division schools earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, presented by Gov. Ralph Northam and the Virginia Board of Education. HCPS was again tops in the Richmond region with the most schools earning the distinction.

In 2018, six more HCPS schools regained full state accreditation, bringing to 16 the number of Henrico County schools regaining accreditation in the past three years. And to keep the momentum going, all other accredited Henrico County schools maintained their top ratings. The number of accredited schools rose to 60 of the school division’s 67 K-12 schools, or 90 percent – a six-year high.

HCPS also leads central Virginia in teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Completion of the rigorous process is the profession’s highest mark of accomplishment.

Henrico Schools 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.

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

The division also has cutting-edge programs in career and technical education, at individual schools and at two 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.

In 2018, HCPS adopted a seven-year strategic plan. 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. Click here to see the results of the 2016 stakeholder surveys and focus groups.

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.

Henrico Schools a national, state leader

From academics to athletics to the arts, HCPS raising the bar
  • Twenty Henrico County schools earned 2019 Virginia Index of Performance awards for advanced learning and achievement, presented by Gov. Northam and the Virginia Board of Education. HCPS was again tops in the region with the most schools recognized. Only the much larger school divisions in Fairfax and Loudoun counties had more schools receive the awards. 
  • Henrico Schools held its second “Career and Technical Letter-of-Intent Signing Day,” a version of the common practice of athletes publicly signing letters-of-intent for NCAA athletics. Seniors signed agreements in front of families, future employers and the media. An HCPS Facebook post about the idea drew 36,000 likes and 3,400 comments in 2018. 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 13 Achievement Awards for 2019 from the National Association of Counties for developing innovative programs to serve its citizens. Henrico County as a whole earned 27 awards, the most in Virginia, and the seventh most nationally. Among the programs recognized were: a program that enabled high-functioning autism to build skills in socialization; a gamechanging volunteer initiative at Donahoe Elementary School; and a public health partnership between the Henrico County-St. Mary’s Hospital School of Practical Nursing and the nonprofit Nationz Foundation.
  • Six athletic teams at HCPS high schools won Virginia state titles in 2018-19, and two teams – Highland Springs’ football team and Deep Run’s golf team – each picked up an astounding fourth-straight state championship. Two other Deep Run squads – girls’ tennis and boys’ volleyball – won back-to-back state crowns, and the Wildcats’ boys’ cross country team added a title as well. The Mills Godwin HS boys’ soccer team brought home a state title, too. Deep Run also won the Virginia High School League’s Wells Fargo Cup for the third straight year, which goes each year to the school in each classification with the best overall state-competition record in all sports – the “state champions’ state champion.”
  • For the 20th 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.
  • Eighth-grader Vishnoy Vadakkancheri of Moody Middle School won the HCPS spelling bee; it was the sixth straight year HCPS’ champ has advanced to the national bee in Washington. 
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

2019-2020 Per Pupil Expenditure

Schools & Centers

Elementary………………………………….46
Middle……………………………..12
High…………………………………9
Advanced Career Education (ACE) Centers….2
Alternative Program Centers……………………….3
Total Schools and Centers……………………………72

Students

Elementary…………………….22,461
Middle……………………………11,903
High……………………………….15,298
Other………………………………….520
Total Students…………………50,182

Graduates

Total 2018 Graduates…………………….3,783
On-Time 2018 Graduation Rate….92.3%
Plans to Continue Education………81.6%
Scholarships Accepted…….$27.9 Million

Student Diversity

African American………………………..35.5%
Asian………………………………………….11.4%
Caucasian……………………………………38.1%
Hispanic……………………………………..10%
Other…………………………………………..5%
Economic Deprivation…………………..47%
Number of Languages Spoken …………..100

Average Class Size

Elementary…………………………………..19.5
Middle………………………………………….22.5
High……………………………………………..22.5

Employees

Total Teachers…………………………….3,995
Total Employees (FTE)………………..6,993

Finance 2018-19

Operating Budget……………………….$604.5 Million
Per Pupil Expenditure…………………$10,725
(Data as of November 2018)