Quality Schools Mean a Strong Economy

In Lynchburg, we understand that 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 part and parcel of our economic vitality. Our award-winning public school system is complimented by a variety of private and parochial schools, along with five colleges and universities and several technical academies.

Lynchburg City Public Schools

The Lynchburg City School System is recognized as one of the top-tier systems in Virginia with almost two-thirds of educators holding a master’s degree or higher.  Both high schools are consistently recognized by the Washington Post as being among America’s most challenging public schools. The school division works with standout programs like Partners in Education and the Education Foundation to connect students to businesses and civic institutions that contribute to the system’s success.

Public School Enrollment (Fall 2014)
Level Facilities Enrollment
Elementary 11 4,090
Middle 3 1,803
High School 2 2,423


Student Teacher Ratio (FY 2014)
Elementary 16:1
Secondary 20:1


Per Pupil Expenditure (FY 2014)


Public School Graduates Continuing Education (2013-2014 Academic Year)


Advanced Programs (2014-2015 Academic Year)
Governor’s School for Science and Technology
Three (3) Schools for Innovation:
T.C. Miller Elementary: Math, Science and the Arts
Dearington Elementary: Science, Economics and Foreign Languages
Dunbar Middle: Drama, Communications and Foreign Languages
Gifted Opportunity Center at Payne Elementary, Grades 3-5 
DEPTH Program, Grades 3-5 
Career and Vocational Technical Training Program from building trades to Nuclear Engineering – Includes Three (3) State Licensure Courses including: Certified Nursing Aide, Cosmetology, and Dental
Criminal Justice Program in partnership with Lynchburg Police Department 
Advanced Placement Programs Offered 25
Dual-Enrollment College Credit Programs Offered 6
Students Enrolled in 1 or more Advanced Placement Courses 601
Students Taking 1 or more Advanced Placement Exams 568
Students Taking 1 or more Dual-Enrollment College Courses 182


To learn more about Lynchburg City Public Schools, visit their website here.

Higher Education

Lynchburg boasts five higher education institutions within city limits and more than a dozen colleges and universities in the Central Virginia region. A long tradition of academic excellence coupled with local civic engagement makes for a positive “town and gown” relationship among our colleges, universities, businesses and local government. And the thousands of students graduating every year make a wonderful—and talented—addition to our workforce.

Higher Education Institutions & Enrollment (Fall 2013)
Institution Enrollment
Liberty University 77,338
Central Virginia Community College 4,730
Lynchburg College 2,713
Virginia University of Lynchburg 553
Randolph College 683
Sweet Briar College (Amherst County) 710


An Educated Workforce

Our award-winning local school system, nationally-recognized higher education institutions and our global businesses partner to create a community committed to education, and our workforce shows it. Our citizens’ educational attainment is steadily increasing, and the percentage of our residents with bachelor’s and graduate degrees beats the U.S. average.



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