Chesterfield County Public Schools
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Every day counts in Chesterfield County Public Schools! This award-winning school system with a vision for the future is preparing every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Chesterfield County Public Schools embraces three big ideas based on national best practices and cutting-edge research to provide an engaging and relevant education: Blended Learning, which combines technology with face-to-face instruction and leads to anytime, anywhere learning Project-Based Learning, which promotes problem solving, collaboration and communication Service Learning, which connects students with the community These big ideas are the bedrock of the Design for Excellence 2020, the strategic plan of Chesterfield County Public Schools. Blended learning, project-based learning and service learning are helping students achieve these goals: Goal 1 — All learners will acquire, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to solve meaningful problems and to achieve success as productive, thriving global citizens. Goal 2 — All learners will demonstrate the 21st-century learning and technology skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school, post secondary education, work and life in a global society. Goal 3 — Working in partnership with school and family, all learners will understand, model and embrace the important attitudes and attributes necessary to be responsible global citizens. Fast facts More than 58,000 students attend 63 schools: 38 elementary schools (grades K-5), 12 middle schools (grades 6-8), 11 high schools (grades 9-12), which include 12 specialty centers, and two technical centers. $567 million operating budget (70 percent for instruction, 11 percent for operations and maintenance, 8 percent for debt, 6 percent for transportation, 3 percent for administration, attendance and health and 2 percent for technology) 7,119 full-time and part-time positions in operating fund The student body is 54.31 percent white, 26.27 percent black, 11.54 percent Hispanic, 3.65 percent Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific islander, 3.96 percent two or more races and 0.26 percent American Indian/Alaskan native (2013-14 statistic) Reputation for success The reputation of the public schools often inspires families to live in Chesterfield County. But don’t just take our word for it: SchoolMatch consistently rates Chesterfield County Public Schools as having precisely the balance parents seek. Chesterfield residents say they are happy with their choice: In a 2010 survey, nearly 86 percent of residents rated Chesterfield schools as excellent or good. Is it any wonder that for the sixth time Chesterfield was named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance? Reports consistently prove that Chesterfield schools are efficient and effective. Based on student enrollment, Chesterfield is among the country’s 100 largest school systems but still keeps costs low. A 2010 efficiency audit found Chesterfield County Public Schools to be “a very well-run school division” operating at 99.3 percent efficiency.
Chesterfield County Public Schools, in partnership with students, families and communities, emphasizes and supports high levels of achievement through a global education for all, with options and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and interests of individual students.
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