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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 29,000 graduates in 2016 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

2016 Graduates 


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 2015-2016, 88% 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 2016)
Level Number Enrollment
Preschool 12 2,900
Elementary 216 119,930
Combined 6 5,580
Middle 63 53,700
High School 53 76,990

VEDP, Hampton Roads Community Profile


Advanced Programs (2015-2016)
Governor's School Enrollment 600
Senior International Baccalaureate (IB) Enrollment 440
Senior Awarded IB Diplomas 242
Students taking 1 or more Advanced Placement Courses 20,160
Students taking 1 or more AP Exams 14,180
Students taking 1 or more Dual Enrollment Courses 1,370

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
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