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The Henderson Mission

The mission of Thomas H. Henderson Middle School is to ensure that all students receive a high quality education appropriate to their individual needs and abilities. We seek to:

Provide programs facilitating the development of the intellectual, social, emotional and physical capacities of every child.

  • Provide opportunities for the development of useful skills and for exposure to enriching cultural experiences.
  • Create an environment that encourages mutual respect and cooperation among all members of the school community.
  • Utilize every instructional situation as an opportunity to encourage students to become self-directed, life-long learners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the belief that all children can become effective and successful learners.
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.”
      -Native American Proverb

    The Henderson Vision

    "Our vision at Thomas H. Henderson Middle school is to invest in, engage and inspire our students, staff and community to achieve academic excellence through personal empowerment – now and in the future. "

    To achieve this, Thomas H. Henderson Middle School will continue to provide a caring environment in which students will experience a participatory and challenging instructional program that will foster success in regional and national standardized tests. In addition, through modeling and reinforcement, the faculty and staff will promote positive social behavior among the learners as these students advance toward becoming productive citizens in a global society.

    Henderson's History

    Thomas H. Henderson Middle School was named for the eminent Virginia educator who was a teacher, member of the Richmond School Board, civic leader, and president of Virginia Union University, Dr. Thomas H. Henderson (1910-1970).

    Beginning as Northside Middle School Project in the fall of 1970, the new school was housed at John Marshall High School. A staff of 12 teachers began working with 240 seventh and eighth graders to implement a continuous pupil progress program. The project was designed to implement new concepts in middle school education which would be employed on a larger scale in a new facility in Northside.

    Because of enrollment problems associated with sharing a facility with the high school, the program was moved to Mary Scott Elementary School in 1971. Construction on the new facility began in the summer of 1971. In 1972 the school became the center for Richmond’s Year-Round Education Project with a $52,000 feasibility study grant.

    In March 1973, the Richmond School Board established Henderson’s enrollment priorities as: (1)those who resided in the 1972-73 Chandler Middle School zone; (2) those who attended Northside Middle School, Bellevue and John B. Cary Model Schools and the innovative unite at Clark Springs School; (3) students form the city at large by application.

    Our new open-space building welcomed students on January 3, 1974. The school was constructed to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching with four houses and of three teaching pods each, gymnasium, dining room, elective area and theatre. Henderson is the only open-space facility built by the Richmond School Board.

    In May 1986, the Richmond School Board revised enrollment priorities as (1) those who attended Carver, Clark Springs, Ginter Park, Munford, Overby-Sheppard, Stuart, Whitcomb Court and Norrell; (2) those who attended Northside Middle School, Bellevue and John B. Cary Model Schools; (3) students from the city at large by application. Later revisions in schools’ attendance zones split enrollment assignments from several of the elementary feeder schools, and open enrollment by application has been limited to students living north of the James River.

    In 1989, Henderson was designed by the Virginia Department of Education as a Vanguard School (exceptionally successful in meeting students’ needs and implementing the best practices of middle-level education) to assist other Virginia schools in the restructuring process. Henderson practices several Carnegie recommendations, including “Schools within a School.” A revision in name became effective July 1, 1991 to Thomas H. Henderson Model Middle School.



    Our vision at Thomas H. Henderson Middle school is to invest in, engage and inspire our students, staff and community to achieve academic excellence through personal empowerment – now and in the future.

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