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Online enrollment for RPS specialty schools for 2017-2018 school year now open

A new online application system will provide a more streamlined process this year, officials say.

Trevor Dickerson



From Richmond Public Schools:

Richmond Public Schools will begin receiving Open Enrollment and Specialty School applications for the 2017-2018 school year on October 20 using a new online application system, Registration Gateway. An award-winning online enrollment platform, Registration Gateway will provide a more streamlined process for managing applications and offer parents the ability to access their application and check enrollment status from any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access.

During the Open Enrollment window, parents may apply for their child (ren) to attend up to two out-of-zone schools. The term “out-of-zone” refers to a school zoned for an address other than the physical address in which the student currently resides. Applications will be accepted online and are also available from the district’s website, at all schools and in the Office of Pupil Personnel Services, located at 301 North Ninth Street, 13th floor. All Open Enrollment applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on November 11. The “Sibling Request to Attend” must also be completed during this application window.

Parents interested in applying to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programmes at Thomas Jefferson High School and Lucille Brown Middle School as well as Franklin Military Academy, Open High School, Richmond Community High School, or Maggie L. Walker and Appomattox Regional governor’s schools should also apply through the Registration Gateway. For information regarding application deadlines for each individual school/program, visit to access a comprehensive Open Enrollment/Specialty School application timeline.

The Richmond Career Education and Employment Academy and Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts will continue to use a paper application for the 2017-2018 school year.

To support parents with the new application process, information sessions will be held as follows: Open Enrollment/All-Specialty Schools Open Enrollment/All Specialty Schools October 27, 2016 November 9, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School Boushall Middle School 6 p.m. 6 p.m. Specialty Schools/IB Only (no Governor’s Schools) December 7, 2016 Franklin Military Academy 6 p.m.

Additional application support will also be available for parents at all Richmond Public Library locations. To access Registration Gateway or for additional information regarding the Open Enrollment and Specialty School application process, visit

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