The City of Staunton and the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to providing a quality education for all students.
Staunton residents will find educational opportunities - both public and private and from preschool through college - close to home. Note: residents interested in homeschooling children in grades K-12 should visit the Virginia Department of Education’s page on home instruction.
Staunton City Schools offers a full-time, center-based program for children ages 3 to 5. Children are offered literacy and math as part of their school day. Acceptance into the program is based on income as well as other risk factors. For more information, visit the Staunton City Schools’ website or call 540.332.3920.
K-12 Public Schools
Staunton City Schools (SCS) is a public school division committed to its students and to providing an excellent educational program, where teachers value the uniqueness of each student and strive to challenge each one daily.
View information about all of the City’s public schools at www.staunton.k12.va.us.
Governor and Technical Schools
- Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School is open by application to qualified 11th and 12th graders who are gifted or highly motivated in the areas of STEM or Arts & Humanities.
- Valley Career & Technical Center assists students in developing technical and marketable skills in preparation for future education or employment.
Specialized and Alternative Education
- Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind provides an environment which fosters self-confident students who are contributing citizens and life-long learners and serves as a resource of excellence for the communities of Virginia who serve students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision impaired and deafblind.
- Genesis Alternative Program is a regional alternative education program for middle and high school students who have experienced difficulties in the traditional school setting.
K-12 Private Schools
There are several private schools in and near the City of Staunton. The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) oversees accreditation of nonpublic preschool, elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth. Visit VCPE’s website for more information.
Nearby Colleges & Universities
There are 11 colleges and universities within 35 minutes of Staunton. Mary Baldwin University is located within the city limits at 101 E Frederick St. To learn more about other institutions of higher education, visit The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s website.