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Fact Sheet - Albemarle County Public Schools
Unleashing Each Student's Potential

​Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) serves 13,737 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.

Core Values

Excellence • Young People • Community • Respect

Student-Centered Goal

​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.


  1. We will engage every student.
  2. We will implement balanced assessments.
  3. We will improve opportunity and achievement.
  4. We will create and expand partnerships.
  5. We will optimize resources.

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School facilities

26 Schools

  • 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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1,255 Teachers

(includes classroom teachers, speech pathologists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and librarians)

  • 64% hold advanced degrees
  • 3% (38) are National Board Certified
  • Average years of teaching experience: 14

1,255 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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Student Demographics

As of September 30, 2015:

  • Total Enrollment (PK-12): 13,737
  • Male: 51.0%
  • Female: 49.0%
  • Black: 11.3%
  • Hispanic: 11.7%
  • White: 66.4%
  • Limited English Proficiency: 8.4%
  • Disadvantaged: 28.8%
  • Students with Disabilities: 10.5%
  • Gifted: 9.6%

"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?

2015​ ​ ​ACPS ​State
On-time Graduation Rate ​94.3% 90.5%
Drop-out Rate ​2.3% ​5.2%
Graduates Who Earned an Advanced Studies Diploma​ 69.0% ​51.5%
Average SAT Scores Verbal 557 515
​Math 553 ​513
​Writing 534 495
Students Earning a Passing Score
(3, 4 or 5) on AP Exams
​76.5% ​61.0%

Other Statistics

Our 2015 graduates received acceptances at 283 colleges and universities, including 20 of the top 25 national universities, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

86% of our 2015 graduates planned to pursue higher education. Of 973 graduates:

  • 575 planned to attend a 4-year college
  • 206 planned to attend a 2-year college
  • 56 reported other education plans

Our students were born in about 60 countries and speak around 80 languages.

Student-to-Computer Ratio

  • 1:1 for grades 6-12
  • 2:1 for grades K-5

Over 9,000 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).

Budget Snapshot

FY 2015-16 Operating Budget (Adopted): $167,067,883
FY 2015-16 Per Pupil Expenses (Adopted): $12,365.32

FY 2014-15 Operating Budget (Adopted): $160,437,310
FY 2014-15 Per Pupil Expenses (Adopted): $12,154.34

FY 2013-14 Operating Budget (Actual): $156,208,743
FY 2013-14 Per Pupil Expenses (Actual): $11,939.48

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Pamela Moran, Ed.D.

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent

Dean Tistadt
Chief Operating Officer

Vincent Scheivert
Chief Information Officer

Debora Collins
Executive Director, K-12 Education

Bernard Hairston, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Community Engagement
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Superintendent History

Dr. ​Pamela R. Moran

Dr. Kevin C. Castner

Dr. Robert W. Paskel

Dr. N. Andrew Overstreet

Carlos Gutierrez

Dr. Clarence S. McClure

Leslie H. Walton

Paul H. Cale

Claude Graham

A. L. Bennett

A. F. Robertson

A. L. Bennett

Howard N. McManaway

Joseph W. Everett

P. W. Nelson

​​Isaac R. Barksdale

Davis P. Powers

L. A. Michie

Davis P. Powers