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Good business begins with a good education.

Over 100,000 students attend Hampton Roads’ eight universities, four community colleges, and abundant technical schools. Most of those enrolled are on-campus and commuter students, available for part- or full- time employment. The 25,000 graduates in 2014 from the region’s colleges and universities provide a work ready talent pool from which to recruit.

Colleges and Universities

Community Colleges

Major Technical Schools

2014 Graduates

2014 Top Graduating Programs
Four-year Higher Education Institutions
  • 1,717 students graduated with a degree in Business.
  • 1,305 students graduated with a degree in a Health Profession or Related Field
  • 807 students graduated with a degree in Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • 583 students graduated with a degree in Engineering.
  • 264 students graduated with a degree in Computer Science
Community Colleges
  • 1,327 students graduated with an associate’s degree in Social Science
  • 749 students graduated with an associate’s degree in Business
  • 539 students graduated with an associate’s degree in a Health profession or related field
  • 241 students graduated with an associate’s degree in Engineering

National Center for Education Statistics

Hampton Roads Public Schools

We are proud of our Kindergarten through Grade 12 educational system which hosts better than U.S. average student-teacher ratios.

Student/Teacher Ratios in Hampton Roads

  • 14:1 on an elementary level
  • 13:1 on a Secondary level
  • 16:1 United States average

For year 2013-2014, 89% of High School Graduates elected to continue their education at a two-year or four-year institution or through one of the many vocational programs.

Public School Districts in Hampton Roads

Public School Enrollment (Fall 2014)
Level Number Enrollment
Preschool 12 2,958
Elementary 219 122,795
Combined 6 5,647
Middle 62 54,513
High School 53 77,236

VEDP, Hampton Roads Community Profile

SAT Scores in Hampton Roads (2013-2014)
Averages
Reading 474.125
Mathematics 469
Writing 451.25
Total 1394.375
Medians
Reading 462
Mathematics 454
Writing 438
Total 1354

College Board, Virginia Public School, Summary by District

Advanced Programs (2013-2014)
Program  
Governor's School Enrollment 527
Senior International Baccalaureate (IB) Enrollment 374
Senior Awarded IB Diplomas 229
Students taking 1 or more Advanced Placement Courses 16,974
Students taking 1 or more AP Exams 13,601
Students taking 1 or more Dual Enrollment Courses 4,314

VEDP, Hampton Roads Community Profile

Governor's STEM Academies in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is home to six Governor's STEM programs, which are partnerships that include school divisions, higher education institutions, businesses and industry leaders.

The Architecture & Applied Arts Governor's STEM Academy

  1. Location: Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA
  2. Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Design/Pre-Construction, Merchandising, and Visual Arts

FIRST Governor's Career and Technical Academy

  1. Location: The Pruden Center for Industry and Technology in Suffolk, VA
  2. Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology and Interactive Media

Governor's STEM Academy for Engineering, Marketing, and Information Technology Studies

  1. Location: Landstown High School and Technology Academy in Virginia Beach, VA
  2. Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Professional Sales, and Web & Digital Communications

The Grassfield High School Governor's STEM Academy

  1. Location: Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, VA
  2. Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Marketing Management, Programming & Software Development

Greater Peninsula Governor's STEM Academy

  1. Location: New Horizons Regional Education Centers in Hampton, Newport News, and Yorktown
  2. Career Pathways: Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology

Heritage High School Governor's STEM Academy

  1. Location: Heritage High School in Newport News
  2. Career Pathways: Design & Pre-Construction, Engineering & Technology, Programming & Software Development, Web & Digital Communications, Network Systems, and Information Support Services

Private Schools in Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads is proud to offer 59 State-Accredited Private Schools.

Private Schools in Hampton Roads (2013-2014)
  Number of Schools Total Students
Southside 121 18,769
Peninsula 35 4,960

National Center for Education Statistics 

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