The educational system in Albany County is a high priority to area residents, and a variety of resources are available to students of all ages. Educational institutions in Laramie and Albany County provide a wealth of opportunities for traditional students, for those with special needs and for adults continuing their education or looking for career advancement.
The Albany County School District #1 serves the educational needs of about 3,300 students each year. The district operates a total of 12 elementary schools including Wyoming’s first charter school- The Snowy Range Academy, five rural schools, one junior high and three high schools. The school district’s mission is to prepare and empower all students for life’s choices, challenges and opportunities by providing a rigorous and challenging program of study. In addition, Albany County is also home to three parochial schools: St. Laurence Catholic School, Laramie Christian School and Montessori Children’s House.
Traditional self-contained classrooms are utilized at the elementary level. This approach allows for the development of close teacher-student relationships vital to the educational needs of young children. Departmentalization is utilized at the secondary level, which allows for an in-depth approach by specialized teachers, so necessary in this technical age. Over 70% of Albany County School District #1 graduates go to college.
The 2003 ACT test results show that Albany County students averaged higher marks than the national average in all categories – English, math, reading, and science/reasoning.