The vitality of our region rests in large part on the quality of the educational opportunities it provides. From early childhood education through higher education, a strong educational pipeline builds our workforce and our democracy.
Learn MoreThe strength of our region’s economic and civic communities depend on sustained collaboration across sectors to tackle tough problems that can block educational success for some of our residents. Bridging Richmond is such a collaboration that identifies best practices and focuses on measuring what matters in the City of Richmond. Bridging Richmond engages organizations in improvement projects in areas where they can have high impact. In the process of creating partnerships across regional institutions from Richmond’s education, business, nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors, the community can maximize its investment in educational outcomes.
Richmond has a complex history of education.
- Watch TEDxRVA: A Love Letter by The Honorable Anne Holton, Virginia Secretary of Education, 2015
- Surf the History of Richmond Public Schools
- Read The Color of Their Skin: Education and Race in Richmond Virginia 1954-89 by Robert A. Pratt
- Watch Puzzles of Practice, Dr. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley’s video discusses school choice policies that promote diversity and avoid racial isolation
Learn More about Richmond Public Schools.
- Richmond Public Schools
- Virginia Department of Education School Quality Reports
- Read Five miles away, a World Apart by J.E. Ryan
Innovation in education is alive and well in Richmond.
- TEDxRVA: LIVE ART: This is crazy! When do we start? by Erin Thomas-Foley, School of Performing Arts in Richmond City (SPARC), 2015
- VCU Open Minds
- CodeRVA High School
- Sprout Preschool at the Children’s Museum of Richmond
- Read about the Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond partnership
- View the Virginia Early Childhood Workforce Survey 2017
Learn about the variety of higher education institutions in Richmond.
- J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Established in 1972, J. Sargeant Reynolds operates three campuses and annually serves over 20,000 students. The college currently offers two-year occupational/technical programs, transfer programs and career studies certificate programs requiring less than one-year of full-time study.
- University of Richmond - Established in 1840 as a seminary, the University of Richmond is located 6 miles west of downtown Richmond on a 350 acre campus. The university annually enrolls approximately 3,500 students and offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
- Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia Commonwealth University was created in 1968 when the Virginia General Assembly merged the Medical College of Virginia (founded in 1838) and the Richmond Professional Institute (founded In 1917). VCU operates an academic and a medical campus in downtown Richmond and annually enrolls approximately 31,000 students.
- Virginia Union University - Virginia Union University, one of 107 historic black colleges and universities in the country, was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The university enrolls approximately 1,500 students each year and is located on a 100 acre campus in the Northside area of Richmond.
- The Carver Promise was a partnership established in 1991 between four higher education institutions and Carver Elementary School. The institutions promised to provide mentors to Carver students, and provide support for college readiness and college access.
- A number of outstanding local organizations are working to improve youth outcomes in Richmond. A sample of these organizations include: Communities in Schools of Richmond, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT), Friend’s Association for Children, Peter Paul Development Center. Visit Hands-On Greater Richmond to find education-focused volunteer opportunities including mentoring and tutoring.
- Get to know the issues by connecting with the Richmond City School Board