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Education

Louisa County Public Schools

Louisa County Public Schools (LCPS) currently has five schools: one high school (9-12), one middle school (6-8) and three elementary schools (PK-5). The building of Moss-Nuckols Elementary School, the county’s fourth elementary school, is expected to be completed in time for an August 2010 opening. The division also has an alternative education center for students at the middle and high school levels. The high school has an extensive Career and Technical Education Department and access to a Governor’s School.

All five schools were accredited for the 2008 school year by the Virginia Department of Education, for having met or exceeded the standards required on the SOL assessments. Also, according to preliminary test results, each school was accredited again for the 2009 school year.

LCPS has seen continual progress in test scores since 1998, when Standards of Learning testing began. Test scores have risen despite the fact that a different group of students are being tested each time and the SOLs are revised periodically and additional SOL tests have been added over the years.

The school division employs approximately 380 teachers. The division strives to maintain a 21:1 student/teacher ratio at the elementary level and a 25:1 student/teacher ratio at the middle and high school levels.

In May of 2009, the largest senior class in Louisa County High School’s history graduated. A total of 357 students received their diplomas at the high school’s 69th annual commencement service. Approximately 35 percent planned to attend a four-year college, 30 percent anticipated attending a two-year college, 32 percent intended to work and three percent were to enlist in the military.

Louisa County Public Schools utilizes the Effective Schools process, where the staff examines school needs and sets goals each year. Both at the school level and at the district level, the schools’ procedures and processes are continually assessed to ensure they are meeting the needs of the students and the community.

Some of the programs offered through the school division include Breakfast Buddies, which involves adult mentors being paired with at-risk students to eat breakfast once a week, as well as the At-Risk Preschool Program, which incorporates helping four-year-old children who are identified as being at-risk for academic failure with academic and social skills.

The school division’s mission is to educate each student for life-long learning. The division’s vision is to provide a safe learning environment, offer the most appropriate educational opportunities to each student, increase parental and community involvement, increase staff retention and operate in a fiscally responsible manner. For more information on Louisa County Public Schools, please visit www.lcps.k12.va.us or call (540) 894-5115.

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