Education

Jefferson County offers a convenient commute to several distinguished K-12 and higher education institutions that contribute to its highly educated and employable workforce.

K-12 Education
Parents and families in Jefferson County enjoy the highest quality K-12 education available, with multiple options for public and private schooling arrangements.

The Jefferson County Public School System (JCPS) operates 16 public schools within the Jefferson County School District, including two high schools, four middle schools, and ten elementary schools. Guided by the motto “Excellence in Teaching and Learning,” the JCPS system includes several award-winning schools (Jefferson High School was recently ranked 3rd in the State by US News & World Report) and engaging creative programs such as participation in the West Virginia State Young Writer’s Contest and the Award Winning Wildwood Middle School Future Farmers of America (FFA) program.

Jefferson County also offers an abundant number of options for private and independent schools in and around the county including the following:

  • Eastern Panhandle Christian Academy is a private, Baptist-based non-profit school in Bunker Hill, West Virginia, which provides online and classroom-based education to students in grades 3-12. The academy is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools.
  • The Jefferson Academy is a private school located in Kearneysville that serves students in grades Pre-K-12 and provides before and after school care.
  • Morgan Academy is a small-enrollment private school in Shepherdstown that serves students between the ages of 5 and 14. The academy curriculum focuses on math, science, reading, history, and foreign languages, as well as programs in theater, music, art, and gardening.
  • Wee Disciples Christian Academy is a Methodist-based, incorporated non-profit which provides preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade, and before and after school care to young children.

Higher Education
Jefferson County offers a convenient commute to the following distinguished higher education institutions that contribute to its highly educated and employable workforce:

  • American Public University System is a private four-year institution consisting of two online universities: American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU). Headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia, American Public University offers more than 190 degree and certificate programs covering a range of military and public service specialties such as Homeland Security, IT Infrastructure Security, Law Enforcement Leadership, and Cybersecurity.
  • Shepherd University, located just 15 miles to the north in Shepherdstown, is a four-year public institution offering baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of fields, encompassing the liberal arts, business administration, teacher education, the social and natural sciences, and other career-oriented areas. Current enrollment is just over 4,000 students.
  • Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) in Martinsburg, West Virginia, offers technical training and workforce development programs through two-year degrees in applied science, business, engineering, culinary arts, technology, and health sciences.

Jefferson County is also within a 50-mile range of a number of distinguished and award-winning West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania universities such as West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, Pennsylvania State University at Mont Alto, and Georgetown University. A complete list of nearby colleges and communities can be accessed on the Jefferson County Labor Shed Profile (PDF). Residents of West Virginia gain access to in-state tuition to these schools, making Jefferson County a desirable location for families with their children’s futures in mind.