• 2023-24 Start & Dismissal Times

    At the June 13th School Board meeting, the School Board approved the following start and dismissal times for the 2023-2024 school year. The schedule below has no more than a 15-minute variation in school start/end times from the current schedule:

    Tier 1: 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. — 7 Elementary Schools
    Fallon Park, Lincoln Terrace, Monterey, Preston Park, RAMS, Round Hill, and Westside

    Tier 2: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. — 10 Elementary Schools

    Crystal Spring, Fairview, Fishburn Park, Garden City, Grandin Court, Highland Park, Hurt Park, Morningside, Wasena, and Virginia Heights

    Tier 3: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. — High Schools and Programs
    Forest Park, Noel C. Taylor, Patrick Henry, and William Fleming

    Tier 4: 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. — Middle Schools
    James Breckinridge, James Madison, John P. Fishwick, Lucy Addison, and Woodrow Wilson


  • When did this schedule begin?

  • When will I know my student's bus pick-up time?

  • What are the benefits of the new times?

  • How was this schedule created?

  • What time can I drop my student off?

  • My student's elementary school starts at 7:30 a.m. instead of 7:45 a.m. Do they have to get on the bus earlier?

  • How was it determined which elementary schools begin at 7:30 versus 8?

  • What are the start and dismissal times for half-day pre-K?

  • How are teacher contracts affected?

  • How have these changes impacted students who require specialized transportation?

  • What about specialized programs like Governor's School or private day schools?

  • How will RCPS know if this proposed change works?