Tuesday, 12 August 2014


The University of Virginia, a World Heritage Site, was founded by President Thomas Jefferson.[219]
Virginia's educational method consistently ranks in the top0 states on the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress, with Virginia students outperforming the average in all subject areas and grade levels tested.[220] The 2011 Quality Counts document ranked Virginia's K�12 schooling fourth best in the country.[221] All school divisions must adhere to educational standards set forth by the Virginia Department of Schooling, which maintains an assessment and accreditation regime known as the Standards of Learning to be definite accountability.[222] In 2010, 85% of high school students graduated on-time after years.[223] Between 2000 and 2008, school enrollment increased 5%, the number of teachers 21%.[224]

Main article: Schooling in Virginia
A red brick, Neoclassical dome with a giant portico on the front and covered walkway on the sides lit up at dusk. Dark trees border the building on both sides.

As of 2011, there's 176 colleges and universities in Virginia.[231] In the U.S. News & World Document rating of public colleges, the University of Virginia is second, The College of William & Mary is sixth, and Virginia Tech is 25th. [232][233] Virginia Commonwealth University is ranked the top public graduate school in fine arts, while James Madison University has been recognized as the top regional public master's program in The South since 1993.[234][235] The Virginia Military Institute is the oldest state military college as well as a top ranked public liberal arts college.[236][237] George Mason University is the largest university in Virginia with over 32,000 students.[238] Virginia Tech and Virginia State University are the state's land-grant universities. Virginia also operates 23 community colleges on 40 campuses serving over 260,000 students.[239] There's 129 private institutions, including Washington and Lee University, Randolph College, Hampden�Sydney College, Emory & Henry College, Roanoke College, and the University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon College.[231]

Public K�12 schools in Virginia are usually operated by the counties and cities, and not by the state. As of April 2011, a total of one,267,063 students were enrolled in one,873 local and regional schools in the Commonwealth, including charter schools, and an additional 109 alternative and special schooling centers across 132 school divisions.[225][226] Besides the general public schools in Virginia, there's Governor's Schools and selective magnet schools. The Governor's Schools are a collection of over 40 regional high schools and summer programs intended for gifted students.[227] The Virginia Council for Private Schooling oversees the regulation of 320 state accredited and 130 non-accredited private schools.[228][229] An additional 24,682 students get homeschooling.[230]

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