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Highlights & Accomplishments

Division Recognitions

Roanoke City Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate is 89%.

The NAMM Foundation has named RCPS one of the Best Communities for Music Education in 2022. This is the 10th consecutive year Roanoke City Public Schools has been recognized. 

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RCPS Student and Staff Recognitions

The 2022 Roanoke City Public Schools’ graduating class has 17 student athletes who have been recruited and will play at the collegiate level, for sports including lacrosse, track, soccer, swimming, football and basketball.

Quiana Fields of James Breckinridge Middle School was named Best Educator – Platinum by Roanoker Magazine during the 2021-2022 school year.

Fishburn Park Elementary was named Best Public School – Platinum by Roanoker Magazine during the 2021-2022 school year.

Patrick Henry High School was named Best Public School – Silver by Roanoker Magazine during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Patrick Henry High School Chamber Choir earned a Superior rating on Stage and Sight Reading at the District Choral Assessment during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Patrick Henry High School Women’s Choir earned a Superior rating on Stage and Sight Reading at the District Choral Assessment during the 2021-2022 school year.

The Patrick Henry High School Men’s Choir earned an Excellent rating on Stage and a Superior rating in Sight Reading at the District Choral Assessment during the 2021-2022 school year.

Patrick Henry High School earned the title of Blue Ribbon School for the Arts from the Virginia Music Education Association during the 2021-2022 school year.

Mahkayla Lafferty, Ethan Bowlby and Jack Plogger of Patrick Henry High School were selected for the All-Virginia Choir.

Toby Tate of Patrick Henry High School was selected as first chair guitar for the 2021-2022 Virginia All State Jazz Band.

Ethan Bowlby of Patrick Henry High School was selected for the 2021-2022 Virginia Honors Choir.

Eboni Harrington of Lucy Addison Middle School was named Roanoke City Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Ms. Harrington was also named Virginia's 2021 Region 6 Teacher of the Year.

Mr. Raymond Cotter of William Fleming High School was a finalist for the 2021 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

William Fleming High School is a Special Olympics National Unified Champion School.

Crystal Spring Elementary was ranked #5 in Virginia Elementary Schools by US News.

Roanoke City Public Schools has been recognized by The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in budget presentation with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2021-22 budget year. This is the fourth time that RCPS has submitted its budget document for evaluation by ASBO and its fourth consecutive award.

Roanoke City Public Schools' Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2020 has been recognized by both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) for excellence in financial reporting. This is the 25th consecutive year that Roanoke City Public Schools’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has received this distinction.

Seven students from Patrick Henry High School were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Lacey Ngo and Henry Nguyen of Patrick Henry High School and Diego Figueredo of William Fleming High School were selected for the South Central Senior Regional Orchestra. 

The Patrick Henry Marching Patriots received a Superior Rating at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Director's Association Competition.

42 students scored perfect scores on their Spring 2021 SOL tests. 

Micah Jones of William Fleming High School won two regional championships and one state championship in indoor track during the 2021-2022 school year. Micah also who three regional championships and one state championship in outdoor track during the 2021-2022 school year.

William Fleming Men's Indoor Track Team won the regional championship in during the 2021-2022 school year.

Elijah Mitchell of William Fleming High School was selected as the Region 5D Player of the Year and Blue Ridge District Co-Player of the Year during the 2021-2022 school year.

Coach Mickey Hardy of William Fleming High School was selected as the Blue Ridge District Boys Basketball Coach of the Year during the 2021-2022 school year.

Coach Brooke Gray of William Fleming High School was selected as the Blue Ridge District Softball Co-Coach of the Year.

Coach Tyler Rankin of William Fleming High School was selected as the Blue Ridge District Baseball Co-Coach of the Year.

Jacob Henderson of William Fleming High School won one regional championship and one state champion in wrestling during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Ayeshia Watson of William Fleming High School won one regional championship in indoor track during the 2021-2022 school year.

Coach Jennifer McMains of William Fleming High School was selected as the Blue Ridge District Swim Coach of the Year during the 2021-2022 school year.

Carmelo Taylor of Patrick Henry High School won two regional championships in indoor track, two regional championships in indoor track and two state championships in indoor track. during the 2021-2022 school year.

Carmelo Taylor, Dallas Serfass, John-Miller Penn and Jahzae Kimbrough won the Region 5D Championship in the 4x100 Relay during the 2021-2022 school year.

Evan Langhammer of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in pole vaulting at both the State and Regional Indoor Track meet during the 2021-2022 school year.

Patrick Henry High School Forensics Team won a regional championship during the 2021-2022 school year.

Tra'quan Robertson of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in wrestling at the Regional Wrestling meet and 3rd at the State Wrestling meet.

Anna Hill and Taylor Fraizer of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in Dramatic Duo at the Forensics Regional meet.

Krys Levy of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in Poetry at the Forensics Regional meet.

Grace Partin of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation at the Forensics Regional meet.

Joelle Dobe of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in Impromptu at the Forensics Regional meet.

Isabel Braby and Caroline Hancock of Patrick Henry High School placed 1st in Dramatic Duo at the Forensics Super Regional meet and 2nd place in Serious Duo at the State Forensics meet.

Silvia Wardell of Patrick Henry High School placed 2nd in Humorous Interpretation at the State Forensics meet.

Ruby Isbell of Patrick Henry High School placed 3rd in the 100m Fly at the State Swim meet.

Patrick Henry and William Fleming's JROTC units both received Exceeds Standards marks during their Unit Evaluation during the 2021-2022 school year. This is the highest rating attainable.

Air Force Junior ROTC drill team placed fourth overall at the Virginia Drill Meet. The Unarmed Exhibition team placed second and the Honor Guard team placed fourth overall.

Eleanor Little of Patrick Henry High School/Roanoke Valley Governor's School placed second in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair during the 2021-2022 school year.

Emma Batty of Patrick Henry High School/Roanoke Valley Governor’s School placed third in Environmental Engineering at the Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students in classes at Roanoke Technical Education Center (ROTEC) earned 1,676 credentials during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Roanoke City Public Schools and Roanoke County Public Schools received three awards from the Blue Ridge Chapter of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) during the 2021-2022 school year for our partnership on Load the Bus.

Roanoke City Public Schools received an Award of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for the 2021-2028 strategic plan, The Roadmap to Student Success, and accompanying pocket guide during the 2021-2022 school year.


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Additional Highlights

From the start of the pandemic on March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021, Roanoke City Public Schools in partnership with SodexoMAGIC served more than 3 million meals.

All students receive laptops, iPad or equivalent device for school and home use.

The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology (RVGS) is a specialized regional center for the advanced study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 
 
The Community College Access Program (CCAP) allows graduating seniors to attend Virginia Western Community College tuition-free for up to three years. To learn more about the program, click here

Students from Patrick Henry and William Fleming High School can take dual enrollment classes at Virginia Western Community College.

Students participate in 42 different sports programs at the middle and high school levels.

RCPS offers 27 Advanced Placement (AP) courses for high school students.  Additional AP courses are offered through Virtual Virginia.

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RCPS has Pre-AP/Honors Programs at all five middle schools.

All students have access to musical instruments, thanks to a partnership with Save the Music Foundation. Middle and high schools have string orchestras, bands, and choral programs.

Each summer, we offer a six week summer enrichment program for rising kindergarten through rising 8th graders. The program is free for RCPS students.

Roanoke City Public Schools boasts a diverse student population, with students from more than 70 countries who speak more than 70 languages!

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