Henrico’s Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation calculated the Advanced Course Enrollment Indices based on the number of students taking honors, AP, IB or dual-enrollment high school courses in fall 2020. Below is a breakdown of advanced enrollment students by subgroups.

While numbers remained the same or improved between the baseline year (2018-19) and 2019-20, HCPS has room to improve among Black, Hispanic, English learners and students with disabilities when it comes to advanced course enrollment. This information must become be a powerful call to action and systemic change in order to close “excellence gaps” below the target line.

HCPS Student Population

Henrico County Public Schools’ student demographics are represented in the pie chart above. HCPS’ Department of Assessment, Research and Evaluation gathered this data in fall 2020. It shows that 35.6% of the students are African American, 12.6% are Asian, 35.4% are Caucasian, 11% are Hispanic and 5.3% Other.

Total IB acceptances*: Middle and high schools, fall 2016-2020

Race/EthnicityTotal Number and Percent of Applicants
Asian913: 33.0%
Black/African American541: 19.6%
White1042: 37.7%
Races: Two or More/Other/Unknown267: 9.7%
Total Acceptances2763

*Represents the number and percentage of students who accepted an offer to attend and enrolled each fall.

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The ‘Total IB Acceptances’ chart above represents the demographics of 6th and 9th grade students who accepted and enrolled in IB programs across the three IB middle schools and two IB high schools over the last five years (fall 2016-2020).

We do see disproportionality amongst some groups when compared to our overall Henrico district demographics. White and Asian populations are heavily represented, while African American students are underrepresented. More information is needed to determine small proportions of our other demographic groups within Henrico County’s IB programs.

Middle School Application Trends

Approximately 1000 applicants


Applicants Annually*220600200
Seats Available100225100
IB Feeder Schools16236
Neighborhood Feeder Schools536

*Totals are approximate and may be slightly more or less each application year.

IB Middle Schools

Henrico’s three IB World middle schools serve students joining the program from our 46 elementary schools, including applicants within their natural feeder pattern. We accept a total of 425 rising sixth graders by application annually, and their IB school placement is determined by their current elementary school zone in which each student resides.

High School Application Trends

Approximately 1,000 applicants

  Henrico J.R. Tucker
Applicants Annually* 250 275
Seats Available 100 50

*Totals are approximate and may be slightly more or less each application year.

High School Application Trends

Approximately 1000 applicants annually

The IB programs at J.R. Tucker and Henrico follow the the county’s specialty center application process. Like specialty centers, students are not zoned to attend one or the other IB high school based on their residency. Instead, students can choose to apply to either IB high school or to both of them. Those who apply to both schools will receive separate site-specific admissions results from each school.

As the pioneers of IB and the only IB schools in the division for 15 years, Moody Middle School and Henrico High School had to host every IB student across Henrico County. They started small, but their seats increased over time to meet demand.

Continued growth in the county’s population and the success of the IB program generated continued interest and more applicants. Nine new elementary schools were built between 1995 and 2010. To meet these needs, HCPS worked with the IB Organization to authorize two additional middle schools and one high school. The county factored residential proximity, transportation and building capacity to determine how students would be zoned for the three IB middle schools.

Prior to the expansion, a significant number of students attending IB from the near West End went to Moody. However, Tuckahoe’s capacity at the time of its IB authorization was an opportunity to accommodate that same set of students (and more), and the fact that they were already in TMS’s neighborhood feeder pattern helped with transportation needs as well.

Fairfield’s IB zone encompasses the north-central and eastern portions of the county. The school’s location and the availability of 100 IB seats allowed more students from within its neighborhood feeder pattern, as well as students from the other 11 schools in the area, to participate in the program. It also cut the travel time in half for many students who had once traveled an hour or more each way by bus to go to Moody.