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Albemarle County Public Schools

Grades K-12 | Albemarle County, VA

Innovation and Risk-Taking Across a District

From makerspaces and curriculum to the use of social media, flexible classrooms, and instructional coaches, Albemarle gives students the life-long learning skills they'll require to succeed as 21st-century learners, workers, and citizens.
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What This School Is Achieving

Albemarle County Public Schools is comprised of 26 schools in Albemarle County, Virginia. A blend of primarily rural but also suburban and urban schools, each one embodies the culture of innovation and risk-taking that is the core of the district's approach to teaching and learning. From makerspaces and curriculum to the use of social media, flexible classrooms, and instructional coaches, Albemarle gives students the life-long learning skills they'll require to succeed.

  • 95% graduation rate vs. 90% for the state
  • Dropout rate has decreased by over 10% in the last 10 years, now down to 2% district-wide
  • Consistently outperformed the state in reading, math, and science for the past 10 years

How They Do It

Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teachers use social media to get ideas for their classroom, for professional development, and to connect student learning to the real world.

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Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation.

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