Cornerstone Alignment:

Safety and Wellness

Academic Growth

Equity and Opportunity


Strategic Goal

Henrico County Public Schools will transform the curriculum to meet the needs of an innovative, global workforce.

Overview of the Goal

To prepare students to be ready for life and have the knowledge, skills, experiences, and attributes to be successful in a rapidly changing world, Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) will begin to redesign its curricular, instructional, and assessment supports around a research-based, common-learning model to go beyond Standards of Learning requirements. The model will provide all learners with personalized pathways through four Deeper Learning pillars, where learning is: anytime and anywhere; authentic and connected; student-owned; and community-supported. 

Through these efforts, HCPS will ensure that students are at the center of their learning experiences, and that they leave the division ready for the next phase of their lives as defined by the Virginia Department of Education’s “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” and Henrico County’s “Henrico Learner Profile” (HLP).  This will enable all students to:

  • Achieve and apply appropriate academic and technical knowledge (content knowledge).
  • Demonstrate productive workplace skills, qualities, and behaviors (workplace skills).
  • Build connections and valued interactions with others as a responsible and responsive citizen (community engagement and civic responsibility).
  • Align knowledge, skills, and personal interests with career opportunities (career exploration).

Implementation Drivers:

Henrico County Public Schools will:

  • Ensure that the curriculum for pre-k through grade 12 is aligned to the Deeper Learning model with an emphasis on the six Cs of the Henrico Learner Profile:  Quality Character, Global Citizen, Communicator, Collaborator, Critical Thinker, Creative Thinker.  Provide teachers the tools they need for instruction aligned with these attributes, and make sure that students and teachers have an understanding of mastery.
  • Continue to develop the deeper learning rubrics and performance-based assessments to support alignment of units of curricula which holds that learning is anytime, anywhere; authentic and connected; student-owned; and community-supported. 
  • Engage HCPS staff with ongoing professional learning opportunities that align instructional practice to the enhanced curriculum framework.  
  • Examine the division’s assessment system for redundancy of purpose and overall adequacy, and create a balanced assessment framework that includes performance-based assessments to show student growth, standards of learning, and performance across the K-12 curriculum.  
  • Seek ways to increase community-connected learning opportunities, including but not limited to, internships, support for service learning projects, authentic learning experiences, and collaborative partnerships in the curriculum.
  • Redesign the academic and career planning process for pre-K through grade 12 to ensure that students and families have a clear understanding of pathways and prerequisites.
  • Improve the middle and high school course Planning Guide to be a resource for students and families to better understand the course offerings, resources and programming available throughout their pre-k through grade 12 experience.  Ensure that prerequisites for special programs and specialty centers are communicated clearly, and as early as possible in a student’s academic career.
  • Establish teacher design teams that will create a vision to shape what is expected for lesson plans, lesson delivery and assessments in every classroom, every day.
  • Infuse coding and computer science concepts into the kindergarten – grade 5 curricula in alignment with the Virginia Department of Education computer science standards and ensure the tools and technology needed to engage in regular technology-infused lesson.
  • Ensure curricula are relevant, authentic and provide resources that promote multicultural awareness.
  • Develop a financial plan to provide instructional resources to ensure equitable access across all schools. 
Outcomes Metrics
Students will be provided with authentic and connected learning experiences that are supported through the curriculum
  • Increased student attendance 
  • Increased authentic and connected learning experiences offered to students each year 
  • Formal and informal teacher observation data linked to the Henrico Learner Profile (HLP) with higher numbers of teachers ranked proficient on the end-of-year evaluation 
  • Deeper Learning rubrics and HLP progression
Increased opportunities for professional learning, focusing on transforming instructional practices
  • Common survey at the conclusion of all professional learning opportunities
Students are connected to content knowledge, workplace skills, community engagement and civic responsibility, as well as career exploration as outlined in the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate”
  • Alignment with Deeper Learning Model and rubric  
  • Increased community partnerships tracked through community logs 
Improve the middle and high school planning guide to be a resource for students and families to better understand the course offerings, resources, and programming available throughout their pre-K through grade 12 experience
  • Survey of students, parents, and stakeholders 
  • Increase the number of applicants to specialty programs
Students literacy and numeracy proficiency is increased through the integration of literacy and numeracy across content areas; cross curricular content has clear, authentic connections to literacy and numeracy
  • Student growth as measured by the balanced assessment framework 
Students will have regular STEAM learning experiences integrated into the core curriculum
  • A design tool will be used to evaluate the quality of the lesson as it relates to a learning experience 
  • HLP progression chart