Providing a quality setting for a great education is important to the city of Petersburg. The Petersburg Public School System (PPS) was organized in the year 1868, since then it has grown to seven elementary schools, two middle schools, two alternative schools, and one high school. Enrollment for PPS has risen to over 5,500 students. Students in the PPS school system benefit from the small classroom sizes, and a student-teacher ratio of 14:1.

The mission of Petersburg Public Schools is to meet the educational needs of all students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitude to enable them to live, learn, and work in a global society. Parents, citizens and students will share in the development of academic programs that will enable the schools to serve as a focal point of the community. These programs will involve the entire community in a manner, which draws strength from its diversity, fosters mutual respect and improves our society. The schools and the community will work together in educating students to become life-long learners prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

PPS has two programs to assist students. The Pittman Overage Program was instilled to aid students who are over age for their school division. There were over 500 students who were two or more years behind their appropriate grade level. Since the program began in January 2002, over 20 students have earned their GED. There are currently 120 students enrolled in the program.

The Cortez Math Program is a computer based math system that incorporates computer labs and technicians, smaller class sizes and teacher's aides to create one-on-one math courses. Students are tested at the beginning of the year and results help teachers place the students in the correct learning group. The lab never has more than six students in the session, to help the student get the personal attention needed.

The Appomattox Regional Governor's School for Arts and Technology is a regional school providing specialized classes for gifted students. The school was opened in 1999 providing rigorous and challenging courses in the areas of technology and art. The school currently educates approximately 500 students in grades nine through twelve.

There are three institutions providing higher education in the Petersburg area. Virginia State University is a four-year, state supported university. The University has over 4,600 students in attendance. Students can earn their degrees in four separate areas including agriculture, business, technology, and arts. Richard Bland College is a two-year facility that has an enrollment of over 1,300 students. Richard Bland College is a division of the College of William and Mary approximately an hour away.graphic

John Tyler Community College - Located on U.S. Route 1-301 in Chesterfield County, ten miles North of Petersburg. It is a two-year institution offering academic, technical, vocational and continuing adult education. John Tyler Community College has a student population of 5,000.

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