Education


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.

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. Lynchburg City's two high schools, E.C. Glass and Heritage, were recognized by the Washington Post for their selection of advanced placement courses, an honor also shared by Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County. 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.

The Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology has become a model for others of its type. For those students looking to accelerate their learning process, the STEM Academy was created as a partnership between Region 2000 development organizations, area schools and businesses, such as AREVA, BWXT, Delta Star and Centra. The hope for the Academy, is for students to begin thinking about STEM early and that they will be interested in technical careers in the future, such as machining, engineering and quality control. Central Virginia Community College provides dual-enrollment credits to students and houses the program. The Future Focus Foundation also provides 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 trade fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, pipe-fitting, carpentry, masonry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management.