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Hanover County Public Schools

High school graduates

Hanover County Public Schools (HCPS) is a growing, nationally-recognized suburban school district located in the Richmond region. HCPS is one of the largest school districts in Virginia and is among the 300 largest of 15,500 school districts in the United States. The HCPS Transportation Department is the 92nd largest in the nation. 

More than 17,961 students were served in four high schools, four middle schools, 15 elementary schools, The Georgetown School (an alternative education center) and The Hanover Center for Trades and Technology.

Hanover schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are recognized internationally by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

Among the 15 Virginia school divisions with enrollment of 15,000, Hanover County Public Schools ranks: 

4-Year Cohort Dropout Rate (2012-13) 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate (2012-13) Percentage of Schools Having Met All Federal Accountability Measures Percentage of Accredited Schools
2.6% (Lowest) 95.5% (2nd Highest) 56.5% 100% for 12 consecutive years

Exceeding Goals

  • Fully Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) and AdvancED.
  • Hanover is first among Virginia school divisions with more than 10,000 students in the percentage of expenditures dedicated to instruction for the third consecutive year.
  • Two Board of Education Excellence awards and four Board of Education Distinguished Achievement awards.
  • Hanover was the first Virginia school district to receive the U. S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Continuing Excellence..

Academic Excellence 

  • The rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is in place in all four high schools.
  • Hanover high schools are among only two percent of American high schools which offer
  • AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) and dual enrollment options to their students.
  • Atlee and Hanover high schools were recognized by Newsweek magazine in their list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the nation based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests compared to the number of graduating seniors.
  • Named one of the Top 100 Communities in America for Music Education.
  • Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs are available to all high school students.

Classroom Learning

  • The average elementary student-to-classroom teacher ratio is 21.6:1.
  • 99.57% of Core Academic classes are taught by teachers meeting the federal definition of Highly Qualified.
  • 99 Hanover teachers have earned National Board Certification since the inception of the program.

Community Support

  • Partnerships with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Hanover Fire and EMS, and other agencies assure the safety of students and staff.
  • The Hanover Education Foundation manages more than $1.2 million in gifts, legacies and endowed funds to support scholarships, professional development opportunities, and creative classroom initiatives.
  • 250 businesses participate in the Partners-in-Education program.
  • For the fifth year, America’s Promise Alliance named Hanover one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People.

Hanover County Private Schools

Hanover County is served by two private schools: 

  • Liberty Christian: Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade
  • Hanover Academy: Pre-school to 7th grade