One of the state’s best kept secrets is the groundbreaking educational program underway at Richwood High School.
While many eyes were on Richwood High School last year because its football team competed for the state championship, what many in the state are not aware of is that Richwood’s academic and career program are among the best in the state.
Last week state Superintendent of Schools John White and other officials visited Richwood just to get a look at the super-program of the school that is attracting attention from across the state.
Richwood, with only 550 mostly African-American students, has defied the stereotype definition of what can be achieved by a school with a mostly free lunch student population.
Academically, Richwood excels by state standards and has succeeded where others have failed by incorporating a wide variety of vocational educational instruction into its curriculum.
Just a look at its initiatives is mind-boggling. The school offers programs in: Dental Assistant, Emergency Medical Responder, Sports Medicine, Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Barber and Beauty Stylist, Welding, Robotics, Legal Studies and Printing.
In addition, Richwood students are also involved in Business Management, Agricultural Tech, Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism.
All of the vocational training courses are a part of the state’s JumpStart program that offers vocational opportunities for non-college bound students.
In December of 2013 the Living Well Foundation, Ouachita Parish Police Jury and Hospital Service District No. 1 awarded a $510,000 grant to fund or enhance its medical programs. In the 2016-17 school year, the school received a $500,000 grant to be used to help promote JumpStart. The grant, New Skills for Youth, funded through the Delta Region JumpStart Funding Opportunity was provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.
Whether its academics, sports and job training, Richwood High School is at the top of its game, with over $1 million in support from groups, government agencies and non-profits, the school’s administration is turning heads across the state as a high achieving school that defies expectations in every arena.
White Visits Richwood High