Achieve and maintain full accreditation through continuous growth for all schools and students.


Research shows that chronic absenteeism (missing 10 percent of the school year or about 18 days in most school divisions) not only negatively affects a student’s academic performance, having chronically absent classmates lowers the achievement of students who are not chronically absent themselves.

College and Career Readiness

As technological initiatives within modern society progress nationally, there is a need to couple childhood education and post-secondary opportunities with work-based learning experiences.

Economically Disadvantaged

Students from economically disadvantaged families should be provided the necessary equitable support, services and opportunities to be successful. HCPS’ goal is for all schools to achieve the state criteria for full accreditation in this subgroup.

English Learner (EL)

The more-than 3,000 students in Henrico County Public Schools who are English learners represent over 100 countries and speak more than 80 languages. There is a need to provide these students with targeted resources and systems of support. It is essential that HCPS meet the academic and social needs of these students and their families.


Since graduation and dropout rates are part of the Virginia Department of Education’s new Standards of Accreditation, all students must show progress toward successful, on-time graduation. A high school’s four-year cohort dropout rate is a new school-quality indicator under the revised Standards of Accreditation ratings, and is based on performance during the most recent year or on a three-year average.

Language Arts

Literacy is the foundation of all education and Henrico County Public Schools strives to provide a culture of literacy for every student. All students in Henrico County should have access to a quality education that inspires reading and writing. Staff members will focus on developing the whole child through balanced literacy, stakeholder engagement, and supportive learning environments.


Evidence of mathematics can be found all around us. Henrico County Public Schools maintains that every student is capable of achieving high standards in mathematics. Within our comprehensive curriculum, students must be critical thinkers who can reason through and make sense of meaningful problems.


As the need for employees proficient in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) continues to increase, Henrico County Public Schools will provide an engaging lab-based science foundation for all students. Authentic hands-on learning experiences will challenge students and foster their natural curiosity.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities working towards a standard diploma or participating in a standards-based curriculum are underperforming compared to their general education peers. Because of this, Henrico County Public Schools is not consistently meeting state accreditation for students with disabilities.