For the 2014-2015 school year, the enrollment is 27,462 students and facilities include 30 schools – 17 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, and 5 high schools. Stafford County Public Schools rank 25/131 school districts statewide. Although the school division has experienced rapid growth, the county has maintained its commitment to educational excellence. Support received from the Board of Supervisors and the community have enabled the school division to maintain, improve, and expand school facilities, transportation offerings, and instructional programs. Commitment to an excellent student-teacher ratio has enhanced quality instruction and attention for our children. Significant technology advances ensure students have the opportunity to learn practical work skills in modern facilities. We moved from Prince William County to Stafford County during 1991 for affordable housing and better schools. After our 3 children graduated from Brooke Point and North Stafford high schools, we wouldn’t give Stafford County Public Schools a perfect grade. But we also have few complaints.
Stafford County Private Schools
Stafford County Public Schools
The main building at the Alvin York Bandy Administrative Complex for Stafford County Public Schools was built across from Stafford County Courthouse in 1926 as Stafford High School. It remained a high school until 1952 when Stafford High School and Falmouth High School combined to form one high school in Stafford County at the current Edward E. Drew Jr. Middle School building on U. S. Route 1 in Falmouth. This was the only high school in Stafford County until North Stafford High School opened in 1981.
Hartwood Elementary School was completed in 1966 with renovations and additions in 1989 and 1994. Hartwood Elementary has an award winning STEAM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). There is a 20:1 student: teacher ratio for grades PK-5 with 850 students. Hartwood Elementary finished 416 of 1093 elementary schools in Virginia. Hartwood Elementary is ranked ninth of seventeen elementary schools in Stafford County, and the student: teacher ratio is 20 to 1. Approximately 38.6% of students receive subsidized lunches.
Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School is ranked 401st of 1,093 elementary schools in Virginia, and ranked 6th of 17 Stafford County elementary schools based on SOL scores. The student: teacher ratio is 18.5 to 1 (6th best) for grades PK-5. There are 814 students enrolled at Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School with 49.6% receiving subsidized lunches.
Winding Creek Elementary School ranks 374th of 1,093 elementary schools in Virginia. This ranks Winding Creek as third best among 17 elementary schools in Stafford County. There are 730 students (PK-5) attending Winding Creek Elementary School with a student: teacher ratio of 19.3 to 1. Eight elementary schools in Stafford County have better ratios. Approximately 16% of student receive subsidized school lunches.
H. H. Poole Middle School ranks 71 of 415 middle schools in Virginia, and 2nd among 8 Stafford County middle schools. There are 831 students in grades 6-8. The student: teacher ratio is 13.4 to 1. This is the lowest ratio of all 8 middle schools in Stafford County. Approximately 27% of school lunches at H. H. Poole Middle School are subsidized. H. H. Poole Middle School ranks second among all Stafford County Middle Schools.
Rodney E. Thompson Middle School is ranked 36th of 415 middle schools in Virginia, and is the best of 8 middle schools in Stafford County according to SOL test scores. There are 1,099 students enrolled in grades 6-8 at Rodney Thompson Middle School. The student-teacher ratio is 16.3 to 1. Five middle schools in Stafford County have better student-teacher ratios. Approximately 13.6% of students receive subsidized lunches.
Stafford County Elementary Schools
Stafford County Middle Schools
Stafford County High Schools
Colonial Forge High School (Eagles) at 550 Courthouse Road. Proficiency scores: English: 94%, History: 96.4%, Math: 94.6%, Science: 93.9%. Colonial Forge SOL test scores rank 17th of 322 Virginia public high schools. These scores are the best academic results of high schools in Stafford County. Colonial Forge has the largest enrollment with 1,974 students. The student-teacher ratio is 14 to 1. This is the lowest (best) student-teacher ratio of all high schools in Stafford County. Approximately 15.3% of students attending Colonial Forge receive a subsidized lunch.
Brooke Point High School (Black-Hawks) at 1700 Courthouse Road Stafford, Virginia 22554. Brooke Point ranks 115/322 high schools statewide, and 4th of the 5 high schools in Stafford County. Proficiency scores: English: 94.6%, History: 89.7%, Math: 88.9%, Science: 94.9%. Brooke Point enrollment has 1,732 students. This is the smallest high school student body in Stafford County. The student-teacher ratio is 14.8 to 1. Three other Stafford County high schools have better ratios. Approximately 23.8% of Brooke Point students receive subsidized lunches.
Mountain View High School (Wildcats) at 2135 Mountain View Road Stafford, Virginia 22554. Proficiency scores: English: 94.1%, History: 92.9%, Math: 86.3%, Science: 93.9%. Mountain View SOL test scores rank 34th of 322 Virginia public high schools. Mountain View enrollment has 1,810 students. Mountain View High School ranks 2nd among five high schools in Stafford County. The student-teacher ratio is 16.3 to 1 which is the highest student-teacher ratio in Stafford County. Approximately 13% of Mountain View students receive subsidized lunches.
Stafford Senior High School (Indians) at 33 Stafford Indian Lane Falmouth, Virginia 22405. Proficiency scores: English: 92.4%, History: 88.7%, Math: 85.8%, Science: 86.4%. Stafford High School SOL test scores rank 94th of 322 Virginia public high schools. These combined test results rank as 3rd of 5 Stafford County high schools. North Stafford enrollment has 1,885 students. The student-teacher ratio is 14.5 to 1. There are 2 Stafford County high schools with better student-teacher ratios. Approximately 19% of Stafford Senior High School students receive subsidized lunches.
North Stafford High School (Wolverines) at 839 Garrisonville Road Stafford, Virginia 22556. Proficiency scores: English: 94.5%, History: 89.3%, Math: 73.9%, Science: 88.2%. North Stafford SOL test scores rank 124th of 322 Virginia public high schools. These combined test results are the lowest of all 5 Stafford County high schools. North Stafford enrollment has 1,654 students. The student-teacher ratio is 14.1 to 1 which is the 2nd best of all five Stafford County high schools. Approximately 27.6% of North Stafford students receive subsidized lunches.
Stafford Training School – The Rowser Building
The Rowser Building was built in 1939 by the Public Works Administration. It was dedicated as the Stafford Training School for Negroes and became the elementary and junior high school for black students during segregation. The construction of a single story rectangular cinderblock building became possible after African-American parents raised money to buy the land for a school under the organization of Henry Harrison Poole. As the Stafford County Supervisor of Negro Schools, Mr. Poole coordinated several black parent-teacher organizations named the ‘County League’ to raise the necessary funds to buy 5 acres of land in order to begin construction.
After a 1954 building addition which included modern heating, flush toilets, and 2 new classrooms; black students could attend 9th and 10th grades at the Stafford Training School, and a 1958 addition added 2 more classrooms, lockers, and showers. This allowed 11th and 12th grade black students to stop taking buses to Walker-Grant School in Fredericksburg, and all black students attending high school in Stafford County were now educated at the Stafford Training School building which became H. H. Poole Middle School in 1954.
The integration of public schools in Stafford County began in 1961 beginning with elementary school students Cynthia and Dorothia Montague successfully enrolling at Stafford Elementary School. Seven years later the U. S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Brown v. Board of Education. Stafford County voluntarily integrated all public schools in 1964.
In August 1962, the first high school integration in the Fredericksburg region occurred when 11th and 12th grade classes at H.H. Poole were transferred to Stafford High School. In 1966, H.H. Poole was closed and opened the same year as the Stafford Vocational Annex which was integrated. In 1976, the building was dedicated as the Rowser Educational Center after the death of Ella Rowser who dedicated 31 years as an African-American educator and principal at H. H. Poole. In 1981, the building became the offices of the Stafford County School Board, and the Superintendent of Stafford County Schools. Stafford County Board of Supervisor meetings were held in the school auditorium until the completion of the George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center next to the court house. In 2003, the Rowser Building was transferred to Stafford County Department of Parks and Recreation. The building is used for offices, and once more as an educational facility with instructional classes open to the public.
On December 13, 2012 the Stafford Training Center became listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register. On February 5, 2013 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stafford African-American History Mural is hanging at the Rowser Building detailing the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans in Stafford County during the past 350 years.
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