to the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts
The Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (PHSSA) is a kindergarten through fifth-grade school based on meaningful parent, educator and community involvement. The school provides the children of our diverse community with an academically rigorous science- and arts-based curriculum that emphasizes environmental awareness and social responsibility.
The school moved into its permanent school building
January 9, 2012.
3411 Semmes Avenue
Richmond, Va 23225
Prospective Family Open House
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6-8pm
Come out and learn more about our curriculum and approach to learning! Find out how your family can become a part of PHSSA.
The PHSSA Board of Directors released the executive summary of the parent survey from the 2013-2014 school year. Download it here.
Letter from the Board of Directors
September 25, 2014
Dear Faculty, Parents, and Friends:
On behalf of the Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts Board, I want to reaffirm our support of you and your work. PHSSA is the first charter school in Richmond and one of only seven in the entire commonwealth of Virginia. You each play an important role as we work to fulfill our mission to cultivate student's maximum growth and develop stewardship through a premier environmental and arts education. You are with us because you too believe in this mission. Together, we will continue to build a strong foundation of educational excellence and strive toward our vision to empower our children to fulfill their dreams.
PHSSA Starts its Fifth Year
Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and families that have worked so hard to see us reach this milestone. The Richmond Times-Dispatch outlines some of the challenges we've met, but also points out how we are poised for our most successful year yet.
Adopt a Window
Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (PHSSA) has undertaken an "Adopt a Window" program to replace/rehab ALL of the windows of the school building. This will enhance the energy efficiency (and curbside appeal!) at an estimated cost of $600,000.
All donations are tax-deductible. Large windows can be adopted for $2,000 and the small basement windows for $1,000. Donations cover a substantial portion of the total cost of the renovation and also will be used as matching funds for requests to the MMP Foundation and the Calder Foundation (pending request for a $100,000 grant).
The school has commitments from John Jacquemin Foundation for $10,000 and board members; so far totaling $18,000. If you are interested in adopting a window, please contact Board Member Deborah Corliss (firstname.lastname@example.org) or school Principal, Dr. Eileen Atkinson (email@example.com). PHSSA (a 501c(3) corporation) also can provide a "pledge letter" that would let you pay over a 6-month period. In addition to the tax deduction, those who adopt a window will be recognized by a name plaque on the window so it will be known who provided the new windows.
Waitlist Applications now being accepted
PHSSA is currently accepting waitlist applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents/Guardians will be contacted as spots become available. Please use this online application.