Committed to Excellence

The community is dedicated to providing an education for its children, as reflected in the city and county public schools. Their goal is to develop each young person’s full potential through diverse curriculums and well-trained staffs.

Gallia County has a higher than average pupil-teacher ratio. The Gallia County Local School District has five elementary schools, one middle and two high schools, and serves approximately 2,400 students. The Gallipolis City Schools operate three elementary schools and one high school, serving approximately 2,400 students. Ohio Valley Christian School (k-12) has an enrollment of almost 200 students.

The University of Rio Grande, established in 1876, is a private four-year university that offers programs from certificates through master’s degrees. Historically, many graduates became educators. While teacher education remains strong, today many students are preparing for business, allied health, computer science and public service careers.

Through an arrangement with the State of Ohio, Rio Grande Community College was established in 1974, allowing Ohio residents in their first two years of college to pay public tuition rates. This agreement permits students to easily experience both liberal arts and career education courses and programs. It is the only institute of higher learning to combine a four-year private university with a two-year community college on one campus.

The University offers an innovative Master of Education Degree in Classroom Teaching – with concentrations in Intervention Specialist, Fine Arts, Humanities, Coaching/Athletic Leadership, Educational Technology and Mathematics.

In addition to the traditional students in residence on the 170-acre campus, a growing number of non-traditional students commute from Ohio and the contiguous states of West Virginia and Kentucky.

Buckeye Hills Career Center, also located in Rio Grande, is a vocational/technical education center. The training there is job specific and provides students with “real skills” through full time, short/part time classes and programs.

Gallipolis Career College, founded in 1962, is an independent, private, two-year career college, locally owned and operated by Robert and Jeanette Shirey. GCC offers six associate degree and four diploma programs. It also designs programs specific to the needs of local businesses. Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, GCC presently serves almost 200 students who live in the tri-county area. It is the ideal choice for traditional and non-traditional students, featuring small classes and individual attention.


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