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Superintendent's Message

Dear School Community Members:
Welcome to Washington County Public Schools.  I believe our students, educators, parents, and community members are second to none.  In our schools, we have inordinate confidence in, and ultimately depend upon our community's willingness, capacity, and resources to ensure the highest possible education for all students.
Our unvarying intent is to help inspire all students to develop as extraordinary learners and leaders in our school communities.  In Washington County, we are fortunate to live in a community that has a longstanding history of support for public education.  Our expectations are we treat each other well and we continually search for ways to foster sustained growth in both opportunity and performance.  We are committed to professionalism, community service, academic distinction, and our overall mission of being "Committed to the Success of Every Student."
We appreciate your willingness to invest in and support our students and families in every facet of school life.  Through collaborative efforts and common ground, every person in Washington County has a role in making a positive difference in the lives of students and families.
Warm regards,
Dr. Brian C. Ratliff
Brian C. Ratliff, Ed.D, Superintendent

Beliefs

We believe successful schools:
  • understand all students can learn
  • foster effective communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration
  • prepare students for success
  • meet the unique needs of each child
  • are grounded in respect and integrity
  • have a well-defined curriculum and programs that meet or exceed state and national standards
  • provide safe, healthy, and dynamic learning environments
  • have high expectations which inspire high performance
  • enable students to be college and career ready
  • engage and communicate with families

Mission

Washington County Schools is committed to the success of every student. We seek to empower all students to meet rigorous academic standards by providing authentic and relevant educational experiences.

Vision

Washington County Schools is an innovative leader in education excellence, teaching and learning, creativity, technology integration and global citizenship.

Latest News

February 18 and April 1, 2022

The following school calendar revisions were discussed and adopted by the Washington County School Board Meeting on Thursday, January 20. Friday, February 18, 2022 will be a 3-hour early dismissal day for students and staff. Friday, April 1, 2022 will be a 3-hour early dismissal day for students with a teacher workday that afternoon.

Remote Learning Day Guidelines

During the 2021-2022 school year, Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has the option for remote instruction for up to 10 school days per § 22.1-98 of the Code of Virginia inclusive of inclement weather or shutdowns due to the impact of COVID-19. Please find the guidelines to be followed if a "Remote Learning Day" is utilzied.