Fact Sheet - Albemarle County Public Schools
"Unleashing Each Student's Potential"
Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) serves 13,792 students in preschool through grade 12 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the sixth largest county by area in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A diverse locality of 726 square miles in the heart of Central Virginia, Albemarle County is a blend of primarily rural, but also suburban and urban settings.
ACPS is proud to maintain community-based elementary schools and state-of-the-art secondary schools. We also offer opportunities for students through two charter schools, three STEM/STEM-H academies operating at our comprehensive high schools, and the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). Regional services are available for students who require a non-traditional learning environment or additional specialized services.
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Horizon 2020 Strategic Plan
The core purpose of Albemarle County Public Schools is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.
All learners believe in their power to embrace learning, to excel, and to own their future.
Excellence • Young People • Community • Respect
All Albemarle County Public Schools students will graduate having actively mastered the lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.
- We will engage every student.
- We will implement balanced assessments.
- We will improve opportunity and achievement.
- We will create and expand partnerships.
- We will optimize resources.
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- 16 elementary schools (PK-5)
- 5 middle schools (6-8)
- 1 charter middle school (6-8)
- 3 comprehensive high schools (9-12)
- 1 charter high school (9-12)
1 Engineering Lab School, an ACPS/Charlottesville City Public Schools/University of Virginia partnership (6-8)
3 STEM/STEM-H Academies (9-12)
- Environmental Studies Academy (ESA)
- Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA)
- Math, Engineering & Science Academy (MESA)
1 Vocational-Technical Center
1 Alternative Education Center
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(includes classroom teachers, speech pathologists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and librarians)
1,238 Classified Employees
(includes school and department leadership, teaching assistants, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance, food service staff, office associates, human resources, and other support staff)
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(as of September 30, 2016)
Total Enrollment (PK-12): 13,792
Limited English Proficiency: 10.1%
Students with Disabilities: 11.4%
"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.
How Do We Compare?
|On-time Graduation Rate
|Graduates Who Earned an Advanced Studies Diploma
|Average SAT Scores
|Students Earning a Passing Score (3, 4 or 5) on AP Exams
Our 2016 graduates received acceptances at 289 colleges and universities, including 25 of the top 30 national universities, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
Of our 987 graduates:
- 574 (58%) reported plans to attend a 4-year college.
- 215 (22%) reported plans to attend a 2-year college.
- 198 (20%) reported alternate plans, including other continuing education, military, employment, or something else.
Our students were born in 94 countries and speak 75 home languages.
1:1 for grades 6-12, grades 3-5 in 13 of 16 elementary schools, and grades 4-5 in 3 of 16 elementary schools; 2:1 for all other grades
More than 8,200 meals served daily
14,005 school bus miles traveled daily
The Families in Crisis Program served approximately 400 homeless children in the 2015-16 school year, including 240 ACPS students and 160 other children/students (siblings of ACPS students who are preschoolers or dropouts, and students living in Albemarle County who attend adjoining school systems).