We are a community that deeply believes in service, hard work, the joy of learning and the importance of helping the next generation be ready for the future.

The Richland School District of today dates from 1944, when the U.S. government built the plutonium-enriching facilities at the Hanford site and established the modern community of Richland for the site's thousands of employees and their families.

Those families were just the latest in a series of communities to call the Mid-Columbia home. They were preceded by the pioneers, farmers and ranchers who had moved West decades before and the Native American tribes who lived in the region for thousands of years. All similarly sought to prepare their children to lead better lives than previous generations.


We aspire to be a center of academic excellence that empowers graduates to be engaged and powerful learners, effective communicators, creative and critical thinkers, resilient individuals and compassionate citizens.


Richland School District will educate and develop students who learn from the past, listen in the present and lead our future; meet all students’ individual needs; and cultivate knowledge, skills and abilities in order to maximize student potential so they meet their goals.

Core Values

  • Students learn best when they know we believe in their success.
  • Students learn best with high-quality and effective instruction aligned with their goals.
  • Students learn best through relationships built on compassion, empathy, and respect in a supportive learning environment.
  • Students learn best when schools and staff partner with families & communities.
  • Students learn best when they feel safe and secure.

Learn how the Richland School District is getting students ready for graduation and beyond in the Richland Ready Strategic Plan.

Explore our communities and what they have to offer:


Students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12

Looking To The Future

We are setting goals and priorities for our schools so our students lead fulfilling and successful lives.


Certificated and classified staff

A Tradition Of Community Support

Our community is dedicated to supporting our schools so students can be successful.

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