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To apply for a Richmond Public Schools (RPS) specialty program, interested students must complete an online application for admission

Admission to RCHS is open to all City residents. The faculty actively seeks to enroll students from all RPS middle and private schools. A special effort is made to recruit disadvantaged students, not only those identified as gifted but also those whose potential may not have been recognized. Student ambassadors and the school counselor often participate in recruitment trips to middle schools to explain, encourage, and demystify the program. More than 300 students, including home-schooled and those from many area private schools, compete annually for the limited number of spaces in each incoming (9th grade) class. RCHS also accepts a limited number of 10th graders.

Richmond Community High School Admissions Process

Phase I

  • Complete online application with all required documents, submitted before deadline.
  • Maintain good standing in the following areas: discipline, attendance, grades, standardized testing, and verification of residency, alongside passing grade in Algebra I.

Phase II

  • Assessments: Selected students will participate in a series of assessments (Math, Reading, and Writing).

Phase III

  • Interviews: Selected students will participate in interviews.