Chesterfield Schools fast facts

  • 58,764 students
  • 62 schools — 38 elementary schools (grades K-5), 12 middle schools (grades 6-8), 11 high schools (grades 9-12) that include 11 specialty centers and one technical center
  • 25-to-1 pupil-teacher staffing standard for elementary school, 27-to-1 for middle school and 26-to-1 for high school
  • $533 million operating budget (69 percent for instruction, 11 percent for operations and maintenance, 8 percent for debt, 6 percent for transportation, 4 percent for administration, attendance and health and 2 percent for technology)
  • $9,030 cost per student
  • 7,815 full-time and part-time positions
  • 6.3 million meals are served in school cafeterias each year, and 30 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
  • In 2011-12, the student body was 55 percent white, 27 percent black, 10 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific islander, 4 percent two or more races and 0.5 percent American Indian/Alaskan native.

Launching successful students

  • All Chesterfield schools are accredited, and students continue to perform well on Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests. In fact, Chesterfield students achieved perfect scores on 9,178 SOL tests in 2010-2011.
  • More than 86 percent of Chesterfield students graduate on time, outperforming their peers across Virginia. More than 4,300 students graduated in 2012: 56 percent earned advanced diplomas, and 81 percent planned to continue their education. The class of 2012 earned $20.8 million in scholarships.
  • Chesterfield makes attracting and retaining the best teachers and staff members a priority. Working in Chesterfield schools are 1,801 teachers with master’s degrees, 89 National Board Certified Teachers and 82 employees with doctorates.
  • Chesterfield’s curriculum is rigorous and relevant. Initiatives include a school readiness program for 4-year-olds at a few schools, world language instruction in some elementary schools and algebra for every student during middle school. Safety nets help struggling students reach their goals. Alternative study options include day and night programs and online courses. Also, about a dozen online classes are available to students outside Chesterfield.
  • Center-based programs in elementary and middle schools meet the needs of gifted learners. High school students may choose to attend their neighborhood school or apply to a specialty center, technical center or two regional governor’s schools based on individual interests and talents.
  • The number of students taking at least one Advanced Placement class increased to 3,679 in 2011-12 from 2,699 in 2006-07. Dual enrollment registrations increased to 2,519 in 2011-12 from 381 in 2001-02. Each year, about 2,000 career and technical education students earn industry certification.
  • More than 3,500 students live in homes where English is not the dominant language. The majority of English for Speakers of Other Languages students speak Spanish as their first language, but home languages include Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin Chinese and more than 60 other languages.
  • Hundreds of businesses, faith communities and organizations partner with schools, and thousands of individuals volunteer.

Additional Information

The school division’s website,, is full of information. Additional ways to stay current are Facebook, (,) Twitter ( and School Notes digital newsletter. Sign up for School Notes by clicking “join our mailing list” in the top right corner of Look for Chesterfield EdTV on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 26. The school system’s mailing address is P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832, phone number is (804) 748-1405, and email is


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