A Community to Learning
High expectations, rigorous standards and an emphasis on basic skills mastery, fundamental processes, and intellectual development underlie the mission of the Franklin County Public School System.
The 11 elementary schools, one middle school, a technology and career center, and one high school utilize the latest in instructional technology. All schools have fiber optic networks; all libraries are automated, and every classroom can access the Internet. Distance learning enhances the educational experience. Future plans call for installing a Wide Area Network, increasing the number of workstations, and promoting community access to technology.
Innovative programs set Franklin County schools apart. At the middle school level, the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration (CATCE) offers students throughout the county a hands-on, state-of-the-art learning experience in a wide range of subjects. The Center emphasizes high academic standards and the development of both critical thinking and technology skills to prepare students for the future.
The humanities distance learning program is a partnership with two community colleges that lets high school seniors complete college credit hours in government, English literature and philosophy. And students can take dual-enrollment classes with local colleges in such subjects as architectural drawing, college English, college physics, and criminal justice.
Because of the high quality of education, Franklin County students have won recognition in statewide and national honors programs and the National Merit Scholarship program.
There also are extensive opportunities for higher education in Franklin County. Ferrum College, founded 90 years ago in Ferrum to educate rural children, now offers 35 academic majors from horticulture to sports management. The school emphasizes technology and was named one of the 100 most-wired colleges and universities in the nation by Yahoo! Internet Life!
Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke and Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville are within easy driving distance. Part of the states system of two-year colleges, they offer off-campus classes in Franklin County leading to associate degrees in arts, sciences, and applied sciences, as well as certificate and career studies programs. In addition, 20 other institutions of higher education are located within 75 miles of Franklin County.
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