Community & Adult Education

Community Education

Albemarle County Community Education oversees the following programs:

  • Evening High School Diploma Program
  • SAT Preparation Courses
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Program
  • Personal Enrichment Courses for all County Residents (Open Doors Program)
  • Parent Seminars for Safe Teen Drivers
  • Driver Education Programs for New Drivers and Driver Improvement Programs (DMV Point Reduction)
  • Hunter, Motorcycle and Boating Safety Courses

Albemarle County’s Community Education department publishes Open Doors course catalogs in August and January of every year, advertising the personal enrichment and safety courses being offered in the fall and spring. Catalogs are also available at the County Office Building and at the Main, Northside and Gordon Avenue branches of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library.

Courses are taught in the evenings or on weekends for varying lengths from a single session to eight weekly sessions. Locations vary, but many are held at Albemarle High School. Courses have a nominal fee and many offer discounts for senior citizens.

For more information about community education classes or to register for classes online, visit the Open Doors website, view the Open Doors digital catalog, or call 434-974-9451.

Adult Education

For over 30 years, Albemarle County's Office of Adult, Migrant and Homeless Education has provided affordable instructional services to adult residents of Central Virginia. Services include helping adults improve their basic educational, computer and life skills; preparing adults to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam; and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Additionally, the program offers workplace and business training, U.S. citizenship and civics classes, Migrant and Homeless Education, and other services as needed. Classes and services are available to all residents of Central Virginia and are not limited to residents of Albemarle County.

For more information about adult education programs, visit our Adult Education page or call 434.296.3872.

Migrant Education

Albemarle Regional Migrant Education serves students between the ages of 3 and 21 who currently reside in the central Virginia region. To qualify for migrant services, a family or independent youth must have moved from one school district to another within the past three years for the purpose of finding agricultural work. The most common types of seasonal or temporary employment in this area include work in apple or peach orchards, vineyards, nurseries, dairies, or the poultry industry. The Migrant Education staff work in schools, homes, and migrant camps to aid the students and young adults in achieving their educational goals. The program serves students in the school systems of Albemarle, Alleghany, Augusta, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rockbridge, Staunton, and Waynesboro.

For more information about migrant education, visit our Migrant Education page or call 434-296-3872.