K-12 Education

Washington County’s public K-12 school system provides students with a solid foundation that prepares them for the next stage in their lives, whether it’s entering the workforce, a vocational training program, or enrolling at one of the region’s excellent community colleges, colleges or universities.

Washington County’s public school system educates 9,600 students at its elementary, middle, and high schools.

11 elementary schools with 4,600 students

5 middle schools with 2,200 students

5 high schools with 2,800 students

Both Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring and Holston High School in Damascus received a Bronze level ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” report.

In 1968, the Washington County school system became the first rural public school system to have all of its schools accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Virginia students outperform the U.S. average in both ACT scores and SAT scores.

ACT: VA = 23.1, US = 21 (Source: The American College Testing Program, 2014)

SAT: VA = 1533, US = 1490 (Source: The College Board, 2015)

Washington County Career and Technical Education Center

The Washington County Career and Technical Education Center is a specialized vocational high school that serves students from throughout the County. Offerings include programs in:

– Automotive services
– Construction
– Health Services
– Mathematics
– Service Programs
– Technology

Dual-credit classes are offered in:

– Medical Terminology
– Drafting
– Networking
– Criminal Justice
– Culinary Arts

In the 2013-2014 school year, Career and Technical students achieved a total of 1,500+ credentials, including workplace readiness and industry certifications recognized by the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.

Contact Us

  • Whitney Bonham
    Whitney BonhamDirector of Economic Development and Community Relations
    Tel. 276-525-1300