School Profiles

There are many different areas that are key to the success of high-performing schools from culture to human capital systems to use of data and academic rigor. Here you can find profiles on schools in the region that are excelling in different areas and what they’re doing that other schools can emulate.


Montalvin and Verde: What’s your plan?

Montalvin and Verde: What’s your plan?

Read last week’s post introducing Eric and Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus and their schools, Verde Elementary and Montalvin Elementary

“I think once you believe that every child can learn, but it’s up to the adults to get it right to make sure that happens, that changes everything,” says Eric Acosta-Verprauskus, the principal of the long-struggling Verde Elementary in North Richmond.

Montalvin and Verde: Two Richmond schools see huge challenges and opportunities

Montalvin and Verde: Two Richmond schools see huge challenges and opportunities

Two years ago, Eric Acosta-Verprauskus told his wife he was interviewing for a job as principal at Verde Elementary. The school had a reputation as an incredibly tough place to work. The last four principals had lasted an average of less than two years. “All the terrible things you hear about rough public schools were true here,” says Mr. Acosta-Verprauskus.