Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce


One measure of the county’s desirability is its public school enrollment. Chesterfield County has at least 10,000 more students than any of our neighboring localities, demonstrating that families with children choose to live here. Listed among the 100 largest school districts in the nation, Chesterfield County Public Schools enroll more than 56,000 students, attending 59 schools.

The schools’ focus is on finding success for each student. High school students may choose to attend the comprehensive high school in their neighborhood or apply to attend a specialty center based on their individual interests and talents. Regional Governor’s Schools and an International Baccalaureate Diploma program are other choices. The Chesterfield Technical Center offers a full range of career and technical courses tailored to current workplace needs.

To help make large middle schools more personal, students are organized on teams and share the same teachers who have a mutual planning time. Center-based programs in elementary and middle schools help meet the needs of gifted learners and an expanding English as a Second Language program reflects the growing diversity in the county.

The school division hires the top five percent of its applicants for teaching positions. Attracting and retaining the best teachers is a division priority, and Chesterfield has eight National Board Certified Teachers as well as numerous regional, state and national award winning teachers and staff members.

Residents of the county have supported school bond referendums in overwhelming numbers. More than 4,000 senior residents have come back to school to take a class tuition-free through the Adult Education program, and more than 300 business and community partners are recognized annually for their significant contributions to the school division.

All of this adds up to a school division where, as its slogan suggests, “successes add up…one student, one employee and one school at a time.”

Residency Requirement
Students must reside with a parent or legal guardian in Chesterfield County to attend Chesterfield County Public Schools. Students attend the school in their attendance area, unless a waiver is granted or they are accepted in one of the center-based or specialty programs. To find your attendance zone, call 748-1666 or visit the “New Residents” section of the CCPS web site:

Entrance Age
Students must be five years old by September 30 of the school year in order to enroll in kindergarten. Chesterfield offers a full-day kindergarten program. There is a preschool program for children with disabilities who must be two years old by September 30 to enroll.

Statistical Data
Schools 59
Elementary (K-5) 36
Middle (6-8) 12
High (9-12) 10
Technical center One

For additional information, visit the Chesterfield County Public Schools home page at or contact Debra Marlow, director of community relations at 748-1433 or email

Higher Education
John Tyler Community College is a public two-year institution of higher education that has been serving the community since 1967. The college offers a variety of programs and services to the residents of the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, and Petersburg; and the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex.

In the village of Ettrick, almost 5,000 students enjoy personal attention by the faculty and staff at Virginia State University. Founded in 1882, the four-year institute offers 45 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs.

Bryant & Stratton, one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of career education, provides accredited college degrees that prepare students for careers with high employment potential.

Set on a 42-acre campus in Chester, Atlantic Baptist Bible College is a place for men and women who feel the call of Christian service.

Lifelong Learning
The Chesterfield County Library System consists of a main library and nine branches, all with public workstations. Approximately 756,000 volumes are contained in the system’s collection with an annual circulation of nearly 2.3 million items. Community meeting rooms are available to civic groups that register in advance.


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