Mission, Vision and Philosophy and SMARTe Goal

  • All scholars will be promoted from Richard Bowling Elementary School with the ability to transfer their learning as independent thinkers and problem solvers to become global leaders.  It is the vision of the staff to challenge all scholars academically and socially while customizing learning opportunities to meet their individual needs.  


    By June 2021, all Richard Bowling Scholars will show measurable growth in their ability to read with comprehension in all subject areas.  Our scholar's ability to read will be measured by their performance when reading with their teachers, showing measurable growth on district assessments, and in their performance on STAR Reading and Math Assessments.

  • C.L.E.A.R.

  • Drive for 5

  • Principal

    Mr. Eric Goodman, Principal

    I am Mr. Eric Goodman and it is my pleasure to serve as the Principal of Richard Bowling Elementary School. Prior to coming to Richard Bowling, I served as an Assistant Principal at Ocean View Elementary, Instructional Interventionist at Fairlawn Elementary, and First & Third grade teacher at Lindenwood Elementary. It is my privilege to create and supervise an academic program that meets the individual learning needs for every scholar who comes through our doors. The staff and I believe one way to ensure that every scholar receives a quality education is to build significant relationships among scholars, parents, teachers, and administrators. Working together we can form a nurturing learning community, where every scholar at Richard Bowling Elementary acquires the essential skills necessary to thrive in the 21 Century. Thank you for visiting our website!




    Mrs. Bythella Hickman, Assistant Principal

    The 2020-21 school year will be my thirty-third year as an educator and seventh year serving in a school leadership position with Norfolk Public Schools. While on the journey, I am proud of the work that I was able to do to establish a classroom environment that encouraged learning and that I was able to guide students on a path to success.

    My educational background is a true example of my belief in life-long learning.  I received both my Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work and Master’s degree in Elementary Education respectively from Southern University. In my desire to make an impact on the larger school community, I enrolled in the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Virginia and earned my advanced endorsement in School Administration and Supervision.

    I truly believe that Richard Bowling Elementary is a remarkable school with a fine tradition of family and community with a commitment to developing the unique talents of all scholars. It is our desire to equip scholars, beginning in preschool, to function at their highest potential, thereby enabling them to become globally, productive, responsible citizens. We are committed to moving beyond a focus on the basic reading, mathematics, writing, science and social studies to promoting academic rigor through critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration in a safe, student-centered environment.

    Of course, we cannot do this alone. As parents, guardians and/or caregivers, we need your support, cooperation and participation to make this become a reality for each scholar. Working together we can make a difference in the future of our RBES scholars.

    I am proud to be the Assistant Principal at Richard Bowling Elementary and I look forward to developing relationships with the staff, students, parents and the Broad Creek Community.

    I look forward to a fantastic year here at RBES!  If we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate in contacting our office staff at 628-2515. 


    2700 East Princess Anne Road
    Norfolk, VA 23504

    Phone: (757) 628-2515
    Fax: (757) 628-2512

    Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm
    Student Hours: 9:30am - 3:55pm

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