Radford residents see education as the foundation of its future. Competitive teachers salaries and a low student / teacher ratio at Radford’s four public schools ensure a quality education system and a qualified capable labor force.
The McHarg Elementary school has both full and half-day pre-school. In addition we have, Central Methodist Pre-School, Rock Club, and Adventure Club are church-supported pre-school centers.
The City of Radford operates a dynamic, comprehensive education program for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. A high school and middle school, accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, serve the needs of students in grades 7 -12. Two elementary schools, a primary and an upper elementary school, provide a sound program for students. Committed to providing educational services, which ensure full growth potential of the individual, the Radford City School System, has a reputation for excellence matched by few other systems, Radford students consistently score above the state average on all tests. The required courses at the high school include foreign language, mathematics biology, English, government, history, science, geography, and sociology. Elective courses include French -IV, Spanish -IV, Latin and II, and German -III. Algebra and II, geometry, trigonometry and math analysis, advanced biology, chemistry, physics, art, band, chorus, speech, drama, and journalism. The students may also take preparatory classes in general business, typing, shorthand, home economics, woodworking, psychology, electrical wiring, power mechanics, machine shop, drafting, nurse’s assistant, and practical nursing. They also have programs in special education and learning. The Radford school system offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities through clubs, sports and student government, The sports programs include football, baseball, basketball, track, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, tennis, golf, and soccer.
University / Collegiate
Radford University, nearby Virginia Tech and New River Community College enhance the community with their educational and cultural resources. Radford University, the city’s largest employer, prepares about 9.000 students in fields such as business administration, accounting, communication, the arts and other fields. Just 20 minutes away the state’s largest university, Virginia Tech, offers nationally acclaimed programs in engineering, architecture, agriculture, physics and other graduate and undergraduate disciplines. New River Community College, in nearby Dublin, provides training programs for business and industry, as well ass associate degrees in technical and general education.