With more than 150,000 public school students, 18,000 private school students, 68,000 college students and countless lifelong learners, education anchors the community of Greater Richmond. If you are looking to enrich your free time with new knowledge, the region offers everything from stained glass and printmaking classes at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond to continuing education at universities, community colleges, and the public libraries. No matter your passion or interest, Richmond offers the education you need.
Richmond’s education boasts the following:
- Each of our four municipalities — Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond — has its own public school system.
- In addition to magnet and specialty programs in each locality, Greater Richmond's gifted students are eligible for accelerated programs at the regional Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies in Richmond and the Appomattox Regional Governor's School for Arts and Technology in Petersburg.
- We are home to nearly 30 colleges and universities, including the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University.
- More than 11,000 students graduated with degrees in higher education each year.
- Fifteen high schools in the Richmond Region are ranked on Newsweek’s most recent nationwide list of America’s Best High Schools.
- The Faison School for Autism is a nonprofit autism center dedicated to providing resources for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families throughout the Richmond region.
- The National Association for Music Merchants has named Henrico County as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education every year since 1999; Henrico is the only county to be included on the list every year since its inception.