James River is a comprehensive high school with a student body of approximately 2000 in grades 9 - 12. The school has a staff of 160 teachers and support staff including two librarians, one technology coordinator, seven school counselors and six administrators. A well-developed program of activities and athletics is available. James River competes in the Group AAA, Dominion District of the Central Region in the Virginia High School League and fields forty teams. Additionally, students have nearly 50 clubs/activities in which to participate. During the 1999-2000 school year, the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Program designated James River as a nationally recognized school of excellence. In the 2007-08 school year, JRHS was designated a "Model School" by the International Center for Leadership in Education.