Top Schools & Universities

Recognizing nearly 200 of Virginia’s public and private schools.
Every year, we research the programs, achievements, and curriculum of schools across the state to create a snapshot of education in Virginia. Late last year, asking schools to tell us the good things happening on campus sounded like an impossible request. But we received glowing reports from schools everywhere, ranging from pride in simply staying open to joy that students are thriving despite the most difficult year any educator could possibly imagine. In Virginia Living’s Top Schools & Universities 2021, we recognize nearly 200 public and private schools serving students from preschool through graduate school. Their programs educate, challenge, and enrich students in the classroom and the community. Students are exploring cells in virtual reality, building their own WiFi hotspots, practicing job skills at internships, and learning the value of community through volunteerism. We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of these outstanding schools.
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Public High Schools

A. Linwood Holton Governor’s School

Special Needs Schools

Accotink Academy

Private K-12 Schools

Ad Fontes Academy

Private K-8 Schools

Alexandria Country Day School

Special Needs Schools

Alternative Paths Training

Private K-12 Schools

Amelia Academy

Public High Schools

Amherst County High School

Private K-8 Schools

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School

Graduate Schools

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Graduate Schools

Appalachian School of Law

Private K-12 Schools

Atlantic Shores Christian School

Colleges & Universities

Averett University

Special Needs Schools

B.R.E.C. Academy Day School

Private K-12 Schools

BASIS Independent McLean

Private High Schools

Benedictine Schools of Richmond

Private High Schools

Bishop O’Connell High School

Special Needs Schools

Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center

Private High Schools

Blue Ridge School

Colleges & Universities

Bluefield College

Graduate Schools

Bluefield College

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