Top Schools & Universities

Editors’ picks for more than 160 outstanding educational institutions.
In Virginia Living’s Top Schools & Colleges 2020, we recognize more than 160 schools—including public and private colleges and universities, private high schools, private K-8 schools, public school systems, and special needs schools—for their achievements, programs, and outstanding curriculum. After a thorough review of more than 400 schools across the Commonwealth, Virginia Living’s editors selected those with programs aimed at strengthening students’ experiences in the classroom, in the field, and in their communities. From getting their hands dirty in gardens, greenhouses, and wildlife preserves to using cutting-edge technology in robotics clubs and makerspaces, Virginia students are diving into learning. Colleges and universities are paving new paths, increasing readiness for jobs in fields like cybersecurity, and offering exciting new experiences, like women’s triathlon, to their roster of sports. Top Schools & Colleges 2020 is a collection of the amazing stories, programs, students, and teachers we found in looking at the state of education in the past year.
These listings originally appeared in our April 2020 issue. Order Now
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Private K– 8 Schools

Alexandria Country Day School

Four-year Colleges

Appalachian School of Law

Public High Schools

Arlington Public Schools

Public High Schools

Augusta County Public Schools

Four-year Colleges

Averett University

Private High Schools

BASIS Independent McLean

Private High Schools

Bishop Ireton High School

Four-year Colleges

Bluefield College

Special Needs Schools

Boys’ Home

Four-year Colleges

Bridgewater College

Private K– 8 Schools

Browne Academy

Private High Schools

Brunswick Academy

Lawrenceville

Private K– 8 Schools

Burgundy Farm Country Day School

Private High Schools

Cape Henry Collegiate School

Virginia Beach

Private High Schools

Carlisle School

Public High Schools

Caroline High School

Public High Schools

Central High School

King and Queen Court House

Private High Schools

Chatham Hall

Private K– 8 Schools

Chesapeake Academy

Special Needs Schools

Chesapeake Bay Academy

Virginia Beach

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