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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.

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

25 Schools

  • 15 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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1,257 Teachers

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

  • 63% hold advanced degrees
  • 2% (28) are National Board Certified
  • Average years of teaching experience: 14

1,218 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, 2016)

Total Enrollment (PK-12): 13,792

Male: 51.3%

Female: 48.7%

Black: 10.7%

Hispanic: 12.5%

White: 62.4%

English Learners: 10.1%

Disadvantaged: 28.7%

Students with Disabilities: 11.4%

Gifted: 8.8%

"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?

2016 ACPS Virginia National
On-time Graduation Rate 95% 91.3% ​N/A
Drop-out Rate 2.9% 5.3% ​N/A
Graduates Who Earned an Advanced Studies Diploma​ 67.3% 51.7% ​N/A
Average SAT Scores Verbal 564 520 ​494
Math 565 517 ​508
Writing 541 498 ​482
Students Earning a Passing Score (3, 4 or 5) on AP Exams 82.1% 63.2%
2017 ACPS Virginia National
On-time Graduation Rate 94.5% N/A ​N/A
Drop-out Rate 2.5% N/A ​N/A
Graduates Who Earned an Advanced Studies Diploma​ 67.2% N/A ​N/A
Average SAT Scores Verbal 596 560 538
Math 580 541 533

Our 2016 Graduates

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.

Our 2017 Graduates

Of our 1,020 graduates:

  • 590 (58%) reported plans to attend a 4-year college.
  • 232 (23%) reported plans to attend a 2-year college.
  • 198 (19%) reported alternate plans, including other continuing education, military, employment, or something else.

Other Data

Our students were born in 89 countries and speak 74 home languages.

Student-to-Computer Ratio: 1:1 for grades 3-12; 3:2 for grades K-2

Average number of meals served daily (including breakfast and lunch): 8,000

School bus miles traveled daily: 14,502

The Families in Crisis Program served approximately 475 homeless children in the 2016-17 school year, including 300 ACPS students and other children/students (siblings of ACPS students who are preschoolers or dropouts, and students living in Albemarle County who attend adjoining school systems).


Pamela Moran, Superintendent
Pamela Moran, Ed.D.
Matt Haas, Deputy Superintendent
Matthew Haas, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent
Debora Collins, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning
Debora Collins
Assistant Superintendent
for Student Learning
Deant Tistadt, COO
Dean Tistadt
Chief Operating Officer
Bernard Hairston, Exec. Dir Community Learning
Bernard Hairston, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Community Engagement
Ira Socol
Ira Socol
Executive Director of Technologies and Innovation (Interim)

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

Budget Snapshot

Operating Budget

FY 17-18 (Adopted): $180,486,940
FY 16-17 (Adopted): $172,672,938
FY 15-16 (Actual): $165,239,401

Per Pupil Expenses

FY 17-18 (Adopted): $13,418.11
FY 16-17 (Adopted): $12,818.12
FY 15-16 (Actual): $12,357.12

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