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Fact Sheet - Albemarle County Public Schools

"Unleashing Each Student's Potential"

​Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) serves nearly 14,000 students in preschool through grade 12 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the sixth largest county by area in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A diverse locality of 726 square miles in the heart of Central Virginia, Albemarle County is a blend of primarily rural, but also suburban and urban settings.

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Strategic Plan: Horizon 2020


The core purpose of Albemarle County Public Schools is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.


All learners believe in their power to embrace learning, to excel, and to own their future.

Core Values

Excellence • Young People • Community • Respect

Student-Centered Goal

​All Albemarle County Public Schools students will graduate having actively mastered the lifelong-learning skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.


  1. We will engage every student.
  2. We will implement balanced assessments.
  3. We will improve opportunity and achievement.
  4. We will create and expand partnerships.
  5. We will optimize resources.

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School Facilities

25 Schools:

  • 15 elementary schools (PK-5)
  • 5 middle schools (6-8)
  • 1 charter middle school (6-8)
  • 3 comprehensive high schools (9-12)
  • 1 charter high school (9-12)

1 Engineering Lab School, an ACPS/Charlottesville City Public Schools/University of Virginia partnership (6-8)

3 STEM/STEM-H Academies (9-12):

1 Regional & Technical Ed Center: Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC)

1 Alternative Education Center: Center for Learning & Growth

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1,257 Teachers

(including classroom teachers, speech pathologists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and librarians)

  • 63% hold advanced degrees
  • 2% (28) are National Board Certified
  • Average years of teaching experience: 14

1,218 Classified Employees

(including school and department leadership, teaching assistants, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance, food service staff, office associates, human resources, and other support staff)

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Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment (PK-12): 13,910

Male: 51.2%
Female: 48.8%
Black: 10.5%
Hispanic: 12.8%
White: 65.4%
English Learners: 10.0%
Disadvantaged: 30.4%
Students with Disabilities: 11.9%
Gifted: 9.8%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.

How Do We Compare?

On-time Graduation Rate 94.7% 91.1% 84.1%*
Drop-out Rate 2.8% 5.8%5.9%
Graduates Who Earned an Advanced Studies Diploma​ 63.5% 52.2%​N/A
Average SAT Scores of Public School GraduatesReading & Writing 596 558 527
Mathematics 580 538 517
Students Who Earned a Qualifying Score (3, 4 or 5) on at Least One AP Exam 81.5%** 66.9% 58.0%

*Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) for the 2015-16 School Year (data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 4, 2017)

**1,129 ACPS students took at least one AP exam in 2016-2017; 920 of those students passed at least one AP exam, resulting in an overall pass rate of 81.5%.

Our 2017 Graduates

Our 2017 graduates received 1,049 acceptances from 184 colleges and universities, including 120 acceptances from 16 of the top 25 national universities, according to rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

Of our 1,008 graduates:

  • 582 (58%) reported plans to attend a 4-year college.
  • 223 (22%) reported plans to attend a 2-year college.
  • 203 (20%) reported alternate plans, including other continuing education, military, employment, or something else.

Other Data

Our students were born in 89 countries and speak 74 home languages.

Student-to-Computer Ratio: 1:1 for grades 3-12; 3:2 for grades K-2

Average number of meals served daily (including breakfast and lunch): 8,000

School bus miles traveled daily: 14,502

The Families in Crisis Program served approximately 475 homeless children in the 2016-17 school year, including 300 ACPS students and other children/students (siblings of ACPS students who are preschoolers or dropouts, and students living in Albemarle County who attend adjoining school systems).​


Matthew Haas Matthew Haas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Debora Collins Debora Collins
Deputy Superintendent
Clare Keiser Clare Keiser, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership
Bernard Hairston, Exec. Dir Community Learning Bernard Hairston, Ed.D.
Chief of Community Engagement
Patrick McLaughlin Patrick McLaughlin, Ed.D.
Chief of Strategic Planning
Rosalyn Schmitt Rosalyn Schmitt
Chief Operating Officer

Superintendent History

Dr. ​Matthew S. Haas

Dr. ​Pamela R. Moran

Dr. Kevin C. Castner

Dr. Robert W. Paskel

Dr. N. Andrew Overstreet

Carlos Gutierrez

Dr. Clarence S. McClure

Leslie H. Walton

Paul H. Cale

Claude Graham

A. L. Bennett

A. F. Robertson

A. L. Bennett

Howard N. McManaway

Joseph W. Everett

P. W. Nelson

​​Isaac R. Barksdale

Davis P. Powers

L. A. Michie

Davis P. Powers

Budget Snapshot

Operating Budget

FY 17-18 (Adopted): $180,486,940
FY 16-17 (Adopted): $172,672,938
FY 15-16 (Actual): $165,239,401

Per Pupil Expenses

FY 17-18 (Adopted): $13,418.11
FY 16-17 (Adopted): $12,818.12
FY 15-16 (Actual): $12,357.12

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