School Profile


  • Public high school for high-ability students (746 in FY16)
  • Regional school serving 12 school districts and families in the Richmond, Virginia region
  • Ranked 12th best public high school in the nation by The Daily Beast, August 27, 2014
  • Highly competitive admissions
  • Exemplary community involvement in PTSA, Foundation, School Advisory Council, and Booster Groups

Academic Program

  • Rigorous academic program prepares students for admission to first choice colleges and universities
  • Ten international languages offered and students must study at least two
  • Twenty-one Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered (approximately 1,200 assessments administered in 2015)
  • Sixteen university dual-enrollment (VCU) courses offered (approximately 2,600 university credits awarded in 2015)
  • Each senior completes a Mentorship/Seminar as a capstone course that adds relevance to their learning
  • Community service is valued and 140 hours (minimum) are required for graduation
  • 100% SOL pass rate in every area

Athletics, Fine Arts, and Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Students participate in at least one sport each year: 28 Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are fielded
  • Nine state championships earned in the school year 2014-2015
  • Fine Arts classes include orchestra, jazz band, chorus, visual arts, drama, film study, and photography and routinely win ‘Scholastic Awards’
  • Battle of the Brains, Chess, Debate, Forensics, Future Problem Solvers, Life Smarts, Model UN/Congress, Robotics, We the People, and World Quest teams routinely compete at the state, national, and international level

Class of 2015-172 Students

  • 5 Presidential Scholar Candidates
  • 1 Presidential Scholar Finalist
  • 62 National Merit Commendations
  • 26 National Merit Semi-finalists
  • 24 National Merit Finalists
  • 11 National Merit Scholars
  • 332 AP Scholars
  • Performed over 33,000 hours of community service
  • Awarded more than $18,900,000 in scholarship offers

Colleges enrollment includes but is not limited to the following:

Auburn University
Baylor University
Boston University
Bowdin College
Carnegie Mellon University
Catholic University of America
Christopher Newport University
Connecticut College
Duke University
Duquesne University
Emerson College
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Hampton University
High Point University
Hollins University
Howard University
James Madison University
Longwood University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Old Dominion University
Radford University
Rice University
St. John’s University
Stanford University
Stetson University
Temple University
The College of William and Mary
The George Washington University
The University of Pennsylvania
Thomas Nelson Community College
United States Air Force
United States Naval Academy
University of Alabama
University of California @ Berkeley
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland College Park
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Richmond
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington and Lee University
Williams College
Yale University