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Our Mission, Vision and Philosophy

  • Mission

    Richard Bowling Elementary School's mission is...
    To educate our Richard Bowling Scholars to be successful, productive contributors to society by providing powerful teaching and learning opportunities.



    Our Scholars will be nationally recognized and globally competitive.  Our school will work to ensure that our scholars will be on or above grade level once they are promoted from 5th grade.



    Richard Bowling School operates on the premise that:

    • All students should be provided the opportunity to pursue their growth and development through education without any encumberances:
    • The climate is enhanced immensely by order, safety, congeniality, acceptance, high expectations and professionalism;
    • Students should be provided with information related to their total physical, mental and emotional health and their social well-being.


    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 student who comes through our doors. The staff and I believe one way to ensure that every student receives a quality education is to build significant relationships among students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Working together we can form a nurturing learning community, where every student at Richard Bowling Elementary acquires the essential skills necessary to thrive in the 21 Century. Thank you for visiting our website!


    Asst. Principal

    Ms. Andrea Jennings, Assistant Principal

    Ms. Andrea Jennings is so honored to join the Richard Bowling family!  She is a native of Pendleton, North Carolina and attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduating with a B.A. in Psychology and obtained her teaching licensure at North Carolina A&T State University.   

     Her teaching career with Norfolk Public School began 14 years ago where she served in the capacity of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade teacher; instructional specialist; interventionist; and a school improvement climate coach. She is highly motivated and committed to ensuring that failure is not an option where all students maximize their learning potential to ensure academic success. Ms. Jennings is excited about transitioning into her new leadership role as an Assistant Principal.

    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


  • Seeking Community Input: Norfolk Public Schools Corrective Action Plan/Reconstitution Agreement for School Improvement
    Recently, NPS  completed work with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on a new Corrective Action Plan/Reconstitution Agreement for School Improvement. This work  captures Norfolk’s targeted steps in district turnaround based on student achievement outcomes for the city’s schools that fall under the state sanction of “Accreditation Denied” or “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted”.   The plan may be found by clicking here.
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