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Superintendent’s Message

Radford, an independent city of 16,000 (approximately 9,000 Radford University students), is located on the New River in Southwestern, Virginia. Employment in the area is centered on several light industries, one hospital, Radford University (in the city), New River Community College (9 miles away), and Virginia Tech (15 miles away). Radford is approximately 40 miles southwest of Roanoke on Interstate 81. The school system serves approximately 1600 students in grades PK-12. The school system is comprised of four schools including McHarg Elementary (PK-2), Belle Heth Elementary (3-6), John Dalton Intermediate (7-8), and Radford High School (9- 12).
Radford City Public Schools (RCPS) aspires to provide a challenging atmosphere in which students prepare for success in life, develop a competitive spirit, and become responsible citizens. RCPS is committed to excellence in education, equality of educational opportunity and the recognition of each student’s individuality. Students differ in their rate of physical, mental, emotional and social growth and vary in their needs and abilities. Learning opportunities that are consistent with personal development and maximize a student’s potential will be provided. Programs will emphasize diagnostic and prescriptive instruction allowing an individual approach to each student’s learning style and educational needs. Our vision of Excellence in Education...Every Student, Every Day is a priority as we strive for high achievement and successes in all areas of a student's education!
Excellence in Education.....Every Student, Every Day