Our area offers a wealth of postsecondary educational resources. In fact, the region is home to four liberal arts colleges, one university, one community college, and two business colleges. Public schools in our region reflect the community’s vision; technology permeates all curricula levels, and is also spotlighted in a broad array of exceptional Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Dual-enrollment arrangements with the local community college enable area students to pursue advanced studies and training while still in high school.
Of course, quality education is important for child development and economic development. From maintaining a highly skilled workforce to attracting the brightest knowledge workers, our community’s commitment to education and our nationally-recognized school system are essential to our economic vitality.
To begin, Lynchburg City Public Schools are recognized as one of the top-tier systems in Virginia with almost two-thirds of educators holding a master’s degree or higher. Both Lynchburg high schools are consistently recognized by the Washington Post as being among America’s most challenging public schools. Adding to this benchmark, surrounding regional schools share this same understanding and passion of the necessary framework needed to consistently produce students who become productive and contributing residents.
For those students looking to accelerate their learning process, the STEM Academy in Lynchburg was created as a partnership between Region 2000 development organizations, area schools and businesses, such as AREVA, BWX Technologies, Delta Star and Centra. The hope with the Academy, is for students who start thinking about STEM early will be interested in technical careers in the future, such as machining, engineering and quality control. The partners teamed up to provide money or in-kind donations to fund the Academy’s start up. Now the school is funded through per-student tuition paid by the participating school divisions. Some divisions pass along part of those costs to parents. Central Virginia Community College provides dual-enrollment credits to students and space for the program. The Future Focus Foundation also provide support to the academy in various other ways, such as helping select staff and students for the school, and offering opportunities for company tours or internships.
The region’s selection of private schools uniquely accommodates your children and challenges them to become scholars, leaders, and citizens for the 21st century. From a classical education with the essential elements of our culture and values, to a faith based education curriculum, you will assuredly find the right educational
fit for your child. Private school enrollment regionally reaches 3,500+ students from Pre K through 12th grade.
Collectively, our area schools identify connections among the elements and talents within our school community. Through this reflection, we have developed a long tradition of academic excellence coupled with local civic engagement which makes for a positive relationship among our schools, colleges, universities, businesses and local government. And the thousands of students graduating every year make a wonderful—and talented— addition to our workforce.
In efforts to make that workforce more robust, institutions like Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) provides hands-on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fitting, carpentry, masonry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management.