Education

Primary & Secondary Education

As a full-service Virginia community, primary and secondary education programs (K-12) are provided to Stafford residents through the County’s public school system funded, in large part, from local tax dollars.  With a nearly 40% increase in Stafford’s overall population from 2000-2010, Stafford County Public Schools has also experienced rapid growth.  Enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year was projected at over 27,000 students among its 30 schools – 17 elementary, 8 middle, and 5 high schools.

GraduatesDespite this significant growth and the recent decline in state and local revenues, the County’s adherence to strict financial guidelines and continued priority funding of education has enabled it to maintain its commitment to educational excellence.  Support received from the Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the community has enabled the school division to maintain, improve, and expand school facilities, transportation offerings, and instructional programs.  Commitment to an excellent student-teacher ratio has enhanced quality instruction and attention for local school children, and significant technology advances ensure students have the opportunity to learn practical work skills in modern facilities.

In addition to traditional college-prep curriculum, Stafford also offers Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs that prepare the student for trade occupations and employment requiring defined skills or technical training.  Programs include Machine Trades, Engineering, Medical/Lab, and Computer Science.  For a complete listing of all CTE Programs available through Stafford County Public Schools, please visit our Report Builder.

Average SAT Scores

Critical Reading 495
Math 491
Writing 477
Composite Score 1463

School Operating Expenditures (2010-2011): $275,652,000
Expenditures Per Pupil (2010-2011): $10,302

Schools/Enrollment

Elementary Schools (17) 11,760
Middle Schools (8) 6,328
High Schools (5) 9,169

On-time Graduation Rate: 92%
Advanced Studies Diploma: 64%
Standard Diploma: 33%
Drop-Out Rate: 3%

Comprehensive data about Stafford County Public Schools can be found in our Data Center or on the Stafford County Schools website.

Private school options are also available in Stafford County from Fredericksburg Christian Schools (K-6), Holy Cross Academy (K-8), and St. William of York Catholic School (K-8).

Higher Education

Man in university librarySeveral educational institutions are located within or in close proximity to Stafford County, including University of Mary Washington (UMW) and Germanna Community College (GCC).  These institutions offer a variety of post-secondary education certificates, as well as associate, bachelor, and master degree programs.  Many of these institutions help to “feed the pipeline” for area employers, with specialized curriculum and training programs tailored towards meeting the needs of local industries.  In addition, both UMW and Germanna (along with nearby George Mason University) have been key partners in development of the proposed research and technology park initiative currently underway in Stafford County.  With courses also being made available at alternative locations, including one of Stafford’s premier office parks – Quantico Corporate Center – both University of Mary Washington and Germanna Community College have demonstrated their responsiveness and commitment to supporting the local business community and their valued workforce.

Germanna Community College is a two-year public institution of higher education in the Virginia Community College System.  Germanna provides high-quality, accessible, and affordable educational and training opportunities that meet the changing needs of the Stafford County community and the surrounding area.

Germanna Community College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Associate degree, as well as a variety of certificates.  Among the more than 40 programs of study are:  automotive, business administration, dental hygiene, education, engineering, fire science, history and humanities, information systems technology, life sciences, nursing, health technologies, police science, and veterinary technology.  Associate degrees are available in Arts & Science (AA&S), Applied Science (AAS), and Science (AS). 

Germanna’s main campus is located in nearby Spotsylvania County, with other academic facilities located in the Greater Fredericksburg Region.  The College’s Stafford County Center was opened in July 2009 with funding support from the Stafford County Economic Development Authority.  The Center is located on Jefferson Davis Highway (US Rt 1) at Aquia Park, and provides a full range of credit courses in addition to Workforce and Community Education.

University of Mary Washington - Stafford CampusThe University of Mary Washington is a co-educational, public institution that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees.  In addition to its primary location in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, just three miles from Stafford County, UMW has two other campuses – one in Stafford, which caters to working professionals, and another in Dahlgren, which offers graduate science and engineering programs.  There are three colleges – arts and sciences, business, and education – all of which produce graduates who are critical thinkers prepared to succeed.  UMW also recently established a Center for Economic Development, which connects faculty and students with regional initiatives and businesses seeking their assistance. 

There are more than 4,400 undergraduate students enrolled at the Fredericksburg campus from 40 states and many foreign countries.  For the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 1300 degrees or certificates were conferred by the University.

UMW provides a strong undergraduate education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences with more than 40 majors and programs of study. Students may double-major or design their own interdisciplinary majors. Many students also conduct independent research, hold internships, and study abroad.  Degree Programs offered include:  Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Management Information Systems, MBA-MSMIS dual degree.

Opened in 1999, UMW’s Stafford Campus is conveniently located off Interstate 95 and US Route 17 in the southern portion of Stafford County.  The sleek, high-tech graduate and professional campus is the primary learning center for the more than 1,000 students enrolled in the University’s evening, graduate or other credit-bearing programs. 

Other Nearby Educational Institutions

Marine Corps University (MCU):  Located within Marine Corps Base Quantico, MCU develops the professional competence of its Marine, joint military service, international, and civilian students.  The University focuses on the development of leadership, war-fighting, and staff operations skills of the nation’s military forces through resident and non-resident learning programs.  MCU programs are available for active duty military personnel.

George Mason University (GMU): George Mason is one of Virginia’s largest public universities with its main campus located about 35 miles to the north of Stafford in Fairfax County.  With approximately 33,000 students – of which more than 20,000 are enrolled in undergraduate studies – Mason offers more than 100 degree programs in a variety of disciplines.  Mason’s other campuses include Innovation Technology Park in neighboring Prince William County, where courses focusing on life sciences and applied information technology are widely available.

Stafford Workforce & Education Partnership (SWEP)

To learn more about the Stafford Workforce & Education Partnership (SWEP), click here.