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Becoming a Local Education Matters Charlottesville is a fabulous place to raise a family. The University of Virginia provides us with a highly educated population, diverse cultures, strong employment, college sporting events, a lively arts scene and state-of-the-art health care. From preschool to post-graduate, excellence in education is important here. Parents of little ones will find a huge variety of preschools, from creative co-ops to international immersion programs.

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Ever hear of the “McGuffey Reader,” one of the best-known early school books? A celebrated community leader and profound contributor to education, “McGuffey Reader” author William H. McGuffey spent the last 28 years of his life in Charlottesville, was a professor at UVA and is buried on the University Grounds. There’s no doubt that education is emphasized throughout our community. Charlottesville’s long history of prioritizing education is exemplified in our many schools. Not only are the public school systems exceptional, but our area boasts more private-school opportunities per capita than most, offering everything from competitive college-prep programs (with boarding options) to schools based on the teachings of alternative leaders in education. Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Schools and area private schools believe in the evidence behind exposing students to a wide variety of experiences, viewpoints and opportunities so they can develop their own interest areas and strengths. From fine arts, STEM technologies and academies, and computer availability to projectbased learning, immersion language curriculums and multi-age classrooms, students have the tools needed to learn and apply in all aspects of life. According to Dr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, “We are adding iSTEM teachers in all of our schools to lay a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math.” Dr. Pamela Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, shares that, “Truly authentic learning in the contemporary classroom is all about creativity, deep thinking, problem-solving, entrepreneurial spirit, teamwork, risk-taking and discovery.” Learn all about Charlottesville’s educational opportunities at

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