Crowd cheering at a JMU football game

Education

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Crowd cheering at a JMU football game

Schools

The Shenandoah Valley community is served by strong Public K-12 school systems with an on-time graduation rate (Class of 2019) of 91.6%.*

Additionally, parents have the opportunity to send their children to several faith-based and private schools including:

  • Blue Ridge Christian School
  • CF Richards Christian School
  • Charterhouse School
  • Community Christian School
  • Cornerstone Christian School
  • Grace Christian School
  • Eastern Mennonite School
  • Massanutten Military Academy
  • Mt. Carmel Christian Academy
  • Pilgrim Christian School
  • Redeemer Classical School
  • Ridgeview Christian School
  • Rockbridge Christian Academy
  • Shenandoah Valley Academy
  • Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary School
  • Stanley Seventh Day Adventist School
  • Stuart Hall School
  • Staunton Montessori School
  • Valley Baptist Christian School
  • Victory Baptist Academy
  • Woodland Montessori School.

Special education and alternative schools include Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, Dixon Educational Center, Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare and Massanutten Regional Governor’s School.

*Source: Superintendent’s Annual Report for Virginia. Graduates and Completers as a percentage of the ninth grade fall membership four years prior. 

Universities

With 11 colleges and universities in our region, college t-shirts, school pride and football rivalries are commonplace. Mix our graduates’ love for their alma maters with high academic standards, the latest technologies and real-world applications, and the result is skilled professionals who have a “sweet spot” for the Shenandoah Valley. In addition to being leading employers, our colleges and universities enrich the cultural vitality of our community.

Regional Colleges & Universities

Training Providers & Technical Centers

In addition to our 11 colleges and universities, our regional Career and Technical Centers offer adult continuing education programs, trade-industry certifications, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula to our local high school student populations.