Life-long learningThe Richmond Region offers an array of educational resources to meet the education and training needs of any company. Award-winning public schools are supplemented by a variety of private and parochial schools.

Public Education

Each locality in the Richmond area has its own public school system with more than 151,700 enrolled students. The systems provide a full range of career prep, college prep, and honors/advanced placement classes in addition to six vocational/technical centers that offer trade and industry classes and apprenticeship training.

Virginia has adopted education reform called Standards of Learning (SOLs). The program sets high, clear, measurable academic standards on a statewide basis and then measures student progress in meeting those standards. Students are tested in English, math, science, and history in the third, fifth, and eighth grades and in high school.

In addition to magnet and specialty programs in each locality, the Richmond Region’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, Va.

Several local high schools provide ‘magnet’ studies. For example, L.C. Bird High School is an official Governor’s Career and Technical Academy for Engineering Studies. The specialty center offers advanced level courses in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. The regional MathScience Innovation Center provides special facilities and classes in science, math, and technology that would not be feasible for individual school systems.


Richmond Public Schools

  • Richmond teacher Rodney Robinson was named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award. Robinson is a Richmond history teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Primary Years Programme at Chimborazo Elementary School.
  • Committed to the improvement of academic and social outcomes for young males of color by participation in “A Pledge by America’s Great City Schools” along with 60 other urban school districts nationwide.
  • Richmond’s Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School ranks #11 in the 100 best public schools in the Unites States according to TheBestSchools.org.

Chesterfield County Public Schools

  • Offers blended learning, project-based learning and service learning.
  • Graduates the 5th-most amount of students in the state per year.
  • Ten Chesterfield schools earned Distinguished Achievement awards in 2017.

Hanover County Public Schools

  • HCPS was the first school division in the state to receive the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Continuing Excellence.
  • Atlee and Hanover HS recognized by US News & World Report as best high schools.
  • NAMM Foundation named HCPS one of the best communities for music education.
  • 4 year graduation rate is 96.2%.

Henrico County Public Schools

  • Each high school is fully accredited and hosts an academic specialty center.
  • Cutting-edge programs in career and technical education.
  • Deep Run High School was named National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in Oct. 2018. It was one of eight recognized in Virginia.
  • Short Pump Middle was one of 9 in Va. that earned a Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.

Private Schools

Nearly 70 private and parochial elementary and secondary schools have enrollment of more than 13,000 students in the Richmond Region, with many private high schools serving as college preparatory schools. The International Baccalaureate program, study abroad, community service, and military training are available at most institutions.

Special weekend and evening schools offering classes in language and culture have been created by the local German, Chinese, and Japanese communities.

For additional information about private education, please visit the Virginia Council for Private Education website at www.vcpe.org.