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The Farmville Area is fortunate to have excellent public and private schools. In addition, Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College and Southside Virginia Community College offer the best in higher education.

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTYPUBLIC SCHOOLS
Prince Edward County’s public school system educates over 2,513 pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students from Farmville and throughout the 357-square-mile county. The 135-acre Prince Edward Public Schools campus, just south of Farmville, includes 10 buildings that house an elementary school, a middle school, a high school and a career technical education center.

Prince Edward County Elementary School encompasses grades PK-4 in a campus-style facility. The elementary school focuses on language arts, science, math, and social studies. The school provides computer labs and computers in each classroom. Resource classes for all students include art, music, physical education, guidance and Spanish.

Prince Edward County Middle School serves grades 5-8. The school features computer labs and a library-media center. The middle school provides outstanding classes in band, foreign languages and art.

Prince Edward County High School, grades 9-12, boasts a library media center, computer labs and computers in all classrooms. The school offers Advanced Placement courses and dual-enrollment courses with local colleges, ranging from calculus to electronics. The Career and Technical Education Center offers a wide range of classes in business and information technology, computer-assisted drafting, auto servicing, electronics, health and medical sciences, family and consumer sciences, building trades, agriculture and horticulture.

Each year, a large percentage of juniors and seniors earn dual enrollment credit (high school honors classes and community college classes). Students participate in the Governor’s School for Global Economics and Technology, and the Pre-Engineering Program at Southside Virginia Community College. Hampden-Sydney College permits PECHS students to take courses on its campus free of charge. Approximately 59 percent of PECHS graduates go on to college and 49 percent of the graduates complete a career-technical program. AP classes include biology, calculus, chemistry, English, statistics and U.S. history.

Prince Edward has a high level of student participation in after-school activities, including athletics, band, tutoring, Academic Challenge, forensics, drama and Future Business Leaders of America. Newspaper and yearbook are offered as part of the high school Journalism curriculum. The high school’s prize-winning Creative Writing program is part of the English curriculum. PECHS has a National Honor Society chapter.

Prince Edward Schools employ 450 people, of whom 250 are faculty and administrators. Teachers take advantage of numerous professional development opportunities, including classes from Longwood University and the University of Virginia and workshops and conferences in their teaching specialties.

Prince Edward County Public Schools, 35 Eagle Drive, Farmville, VA 23901; Telephone: 434-315-2100; Internet: www.pecps.k12.va.us

CUMBERLAND COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Cumberland County Public Schools (CUCPS) is a model, rural school division that promotes the academic success of each student through quality instruction. The school division continually works to improve the academic performance of students in grades PK-12 through innovative and research-based programs designed to promote excellence in academic achievement. Quality programs such as the PK3- and 4-year-old program, the laptop initiative, Senior Project, 21st Century learning and staff development have been implemented to consider the needs of the whole child including the child’s academic, emotional, physical and social well-being. CUCPS provides opportunities for students to engage in numerous learning opportunities, and participate in programs such as the Governor’s Youth Development Academy, the Dream It, Do It Virginia Manufacturing Technology Camp, the Health Science Academy and the SVCC Welding Certification program.

Cumberland County Public Schools educates approximately 1,500 students in three schools, including Cumberland County Elementary School (grades pre-kindergarten-4), Cumberland Middle School (grades 5-8), and Cumberland High School (grades 9-12). Approximately 130 instructional staff members are working toward preparing students for a technologically advanced global society. CUCPS is at the forefront of technology, from the fiber-optic networks, technology labs, and classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and computers, to individual laptops for all teachers and high school students. Schools also utilize numerous mobile devices such as iPads and tablets and the division has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative.

Dual enrollment classes are offered in conjunction with Southside Virginia and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community Colleges for college credit. In addition, each year students are selected to attend school part of the day at the Governor’s School for Global Economics & Technology and the Pre-Engineering Academy located at Southside Virginia Community College. Students are afforded the opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree and a high school diploma concurrently. These offerings are in addition to a full spectrum of courses in academic and career and technical areas. The Cumberland school system is also competitive in sports, extra-curricular activities, attendance rates, and graduation rates.

Mission Statement: To inspire and prepare all students with the confidence, courage, and competence to achieve their dreams; contribute to community; and engage in a lifetime of learning.

Cumberland County Public Schools, P. O. Box 170, Cumberland, VA 23040; Telephone: 804-492-4212; Internet: www.cucps.k12.va.us

FUQUA SCHOOL
Spanning 60 beautiful acres in the heart of Virginia, Fuqua School serves approximately 380 students in grades PK-12 in a familial and close-knit learning environment. Approximately 40 faculty members work together to offer a well-rounded and challenging curriculum designed to inspire students to discover and fulfill their individual potential. The school endeavors to promote academic success, healthy social and emotional development, critical and creative thinking, leadership and integrity, technology literacy and civic participation among all its students. Picture: EDU.

Fuqua School offers a college preparatory education to students from 11 counties in south-central Virginia. Named for its generous benefactor, Mr. J.B. Fuqua, following his significant donation to the school, Fuqua School reflects Mr. Fuqua’s inspired vision of educational excellence and deep commitment to quality education for students in rural America.

The academic program at Fuqua School is designed to respond to the needs of each student and emphasizes the development of individual strengths. In the Lower School, teachers assess students’ abilities in the areas of reading and math to determine appropriate instructional levels. The Middle School provides both core courses and a variety of exploratory options while focusing on the emotional and social development of each student. The Upper School offers a wide range of courses, including honors and Advanced Placement options. Across all instructional levels, Fuqua’s comprehensive curriculum reflects rigorous academic standards.

Fuqua’s Lower School enrolls students in grades PK-5. The Lower School at Fuqua employs a celebrated multi-aged system, where each class comprises two age levels and students remain with the same teacher for two years, increasing their continuity of learning. In this multi-aged system, students advance academically at their own pace. Teachers continually monitor progress and the absence of standard grade levels reduces restrictions on what a child can learn.

At the Middle School level, students in grades six through eight continue to build upon the strong foundation established in the Lower School through instruction in language arts, social studies, math and science. In addition to their core units of study, students participate in technology courses, physical education and a range of elective offerings, including band, creative writing, art, or applied industrial technology. Latin is required in grade seven.

Students in the Upper School complete traditional year-long courses in one semester by taking only four classes at a time, rather than seven. In order to graduate, students must complete coursework in English, composition, math, science, social studies, foreign language, fitness, health, the arts, communications, and electives. Students have the ability to enroll in honors-level or Advanced Placement courses, including among others AP English, AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, and AP Calculus. In the Upper School students must complete 40 hours of community service.

Fuqua School is equally dedicated to excellence in athletics as part of a broad commitment to its mission. The school seeks a level of athletic performance that fosters victory in competition while simultaneously promoting academics, sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility, focused effort and a healthy competitive spirit. Students may participate on several athletic teams, including football, volleyball, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, swimming, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis and track. Even with a relatively small student body, Fuqua teams compete at a high level.

Fuqua School, 65 Fuqua Drive, Farmville, VA 23901; Telephone: 434-392-4131; Internet: www.fuquaschool.com.

NEW LIFE SCHOOLS
The school is fully accredited by the Virginia Council of Private Education and offers instruction in a variety of courses, including English, history, physics, geometry, algebra, chemistry, trigonometry, Spanish I-III, art and music. The school houses a 2,500-volume library; made possible at the elementary school by Target Stores’ gift of $10,000, while the high school library offers computer tracking of the advanced reader program. A computer lab assists students with access to the Internet resources.

The school was established in 1985 to offer a Christ-centered educational alternative. The Academy views itself as an extension of the Christian home, reinforcing the ideals, social norms and beliefs of a Christian family. New Life provides services, policies, and programs necessary to accomplish this task and expects students to incorporate Christian beliefs in their academic, social, physical and vocational realms. Its vision statement is “Transforming Lives Through Excellence in Christian Education.”

New Life Christian Academy participates in Christian Conference Volleyball, Junior Varsity Basketball for boys, a team for varsity girls as well as a team for varsity boys. Students also produce a full color yearbook publication.

Students have been accepted to colleges that include Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Hampden-Sydney College, Liberty University, Light University, Hocking College, Lee University, Bridgewater College and Southside Virginia Community College as well as Continental Theological Seminary in Belgium. The staff is led by a Doctor of Ministry instructor and students are taught in a multi-grade setting with an average class size of 10 students. All staff have at minimum a bachelor’s degree and several have a master’s degree. The Virginia Department of Education has licensed the Academy to offer special education services to eight students at the elementary school level through the New Life Learning Center Division.

New Life Christian Academy, 9 Mahan Road, Farmville, VA 23901; Telephone: (434) 392-6236; Internet: www.mynewlifeschools.com

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY COLLEGE
Hampden-Sydney College is a private, selective liberal arts college for men, enrolling just over 1,100 students. The 1,330-acre campus has the flavor of an academic village mixing academic buildings, student residence halls, and faculty and staff homes within easy walking distance. Broad lawns and historic buildings complement an 83,000-square-foot research library with 230,000 volumes and 3,100 periodicals, an electronic communications center, optical fiber and wireless computer networks, electronic classrooms and an astronomical observatory. It offers 24 majors, 24 minors, and programs for pre-medicine, pre-law, pre-business, pre-engineering, pre-ministry, and leadership studies as well as internships and study abroad.

The faculty-student ratio is 1:11; students often work closely with their professors to conduct – and publish – independent research. The natural sciences and many other disciplines emphasize real-life conditions for learning. Several of the sports teams are routinely nationally-ranked, and the athletics program is designed to offer every student a chance to compete. The Princeton Review has ranked Hampden-Sydney among the top schools in the nation in academics, student political involvement, quality of life, availability of professors and town-gown relationships. Since 1775, Hampden-Sydney has produced leaders in every field of endeavor. One alumnus in 10 is owner, president or CEO of a company; another one in 10 is a lawyer, doctor or similar professional. On the basis of the success of its graduates, the College remains committed to the belief that a liberal arts education provides the best foundation not only for a professional career, but also for the moral and intellectual challenges of life. The College’s student-enforced Honor Code upholds the atmosphere of trust and mutual respect essential to an academic community. Here students learn that the pursuit of truth is a lifelong endeavor, requiring clarity and objectivity of thought, a sensitive moral conscience, consideration for others and dedication to responsible citizenship.

Hampden-Sydney College, 1 College Road, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943; Telephone: 434-223-6000; Internet: www.hsc.edu

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
Longwood University is Virginia’s third-oldest public university, preceded only by the founding of College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia, and is one of the 100 oldest colleges and universities in the country. Founded in 1839, Longwood today offers more than 100 majors, minors and concentrations to more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students, with a proud emphasis on small classes, human-scale learning and the highest proportion of classes taught by full-time faculty of any Virginia public university. Its mission, infused throughout the curriculum and extracurricular life, is the preparation of citizen leaders.

Founded in 1839 as the Farmville Female Seminary Association, the institution had a series of names over its early history, becoming Longwood College in 1949 and turning fully co-educational in 1976. In 2002, Gov. Mark Warner signed legislation designating Longwood a university. In 2007, Longwood began competing in NCAA Division I athletics. The university is a member of the Big South Conference.

Longwood students are known for their commitment to campus leadership in extracurricular life. There are more than 125 campus organizations, including active programs in sports and the arts, and a vibrant, service-oriented Greek system (four national sororities were founded at Longwood). Most students live on or close to the university’s bucolic central campus, which – combined with the relatively small scale of about 1,100 students in each entering class – contributes to the look and feel of a private college with the cost and scope of a public institution.

President W. Taylor Reveley IV, who took office in June 2013, has emphasized a strong grounding in the liberal arts and sciences as the heart of the academic enterprise and an essential element of the curriculum for all students, but many students major in professional programs such as business, athletic training and nursing.

President Reveley is Longwood’s 26th president. His father, W. Taylor Reveley III, is president of the College of William & Mary, and his grandfather, W. Taylor Reveley II, was president of Hampden-Sydney from 1963-77.

Longwood is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor and master’s degrees, among many other accreditations for individual colleges and programs and is home to the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, which is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

One of the remarkable facts of Longwood’s history is its close connection to two transcendent historical events. The Civil War ended practically at one end of campus, with some of the last fighting of the Civil War taking place at High Bridge, a few miles outside town. Nearly a century later, the modern civil rights movement arguably began, also just a few steps from campus, with the strike by students at Moton High School against conditions at their segregated school. Those students eventually became one of five groups of plaintiffs in the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit. Today, Moton is a National Historic Landmark and award-winning museum working hand in hand with Longwood.

Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA 23909; Telephone: 434-395-2000; Internet: www.longwood.edu

SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Southside Virginia Community College, a comprehensive community college, has been providing quality education to the people of Southside Virginia for over 44 years through a wide range of post-secondary programs including university parallel, technical, vocational and community service programs. Recognized throughout the Commonwealth for the leadership it has provided in the development of innovative programs, the college takes pride in its community-based education approach to meeting the needs of service area constituents, offering education and training opportunities in more than 50 sites throughout its 4,200-square-mile service region. Over 10,000 students each year participate in unique program offerings through, among others, Middle College, Dual Enrollment, Southside Governor’s School, Truck Driving, Diesel Technology, Business Technology, Industrial Technology, Nursing and Health Sciences, Fire and Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and a host of short-term programs related directly to a specific field of study. SVCC is proud of the quality instruction it can provide to a very diverse constituency in both traditional classroom environments and through distance education options. Southside Virginia Community College works with its outstanding faculty to develop its most precious resource – the human resource. The college truly believes that Success Starts Here!

Southside Virginia Community College,
200 Daniel Road, Keysville, VA 23947;
434-736-2000; Internet: www.southside.edu

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