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Hanover County Public Schools

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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 18,041 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 (2013-14) 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate (2013-14) Percentage of Accredited Schools
2.2% (Lowest) 96.2% (Highest) 100% 

Exceeding Goals

  • As a division, Hanover County Public Schools are Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement and AdvancED.
  • Hanover spends over 72% of its budget on student learning, ranking us first among Virginia school divisions with more than 15,000 students in the percentage of expenditures dedicated to classroom instruction.
  • Hanover was the first Virginia school division to receive the U. S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Continuing Excellence.

Academic Excellence 

  • The rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is offered in all four high schools.
  • Atlee and Hanover high schools were recognized by US News & World Report magazine in its 2015 list of the top 1,500 public high schools in the nation based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate test data, and each high school’s statewide accountability test results.
  • In 2015 the NAMM Foundation named Hanover as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.
  • Hanover County Public School graduates from the class of 2015 earned over $3.7 million in scholarships and will be attending over 110 different universities, colleges, trade schools, and enlisting in the military.

Classroom Learning

  • 99.88% of core academic classes are taught by teachers meeting the federal definition of Highly Qualified.
  • Seventy-nine teachers currently working in our division have earned National Board Certification.

Community Support

  • The Hanover Education Foundation manages more than $2 million in gifts, legacies and endowed funds to support scholarships, professional development opportunities, and creative classroom initiatives.
  • There are over 200 businesses who participate in the Partners-in-Education program.

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