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Raleigh County Schools

Raleigh County Schools Overview


Raleigh County is the fifth largest of the 55 county school systems in the state of West Virginia. It is comprised of 29 schools which serve a student population of approximately 12,400 pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.

Raleigh County ranks as one of the largest and most progressive of the 55 county school systems in the state of West Virginia. Raleigh County Schools provide an environment that promotes effective educational services to meet the diverse needs of students. The Raleigh County School System has gained national recognition through its students who have competed successfully in academic competitions and have gained admission into prestigious institutions of higher learning.

All of Raleigh County Schools work in partnership with businesses and community agencies through Partnerships in Education. This program permits schools to connect with the world of work while the business community benefits by learning about the school system.

The Raleigh County school system has an annual operating budget of over $125 million and ranks as one of the county’s largest employers with a 1,500 strong workforce. Raleigh County has a five-member Board of Education and a superintendent who support and encourage involvement of community members, and business and industry in the educational process.

Quality schools are a priority concern of the residents of Raleigh County. Raleigh County taxpayers have supported excess school levies since the mid 1940’s to generate funds for classroom supplies, equipment and other instructional purposes.  Moreover, voters approved school bond issues in both 1998 and 2004 to finance millions in capital improvements including new schools and additional classrooms.

Funds generated by taxpayer supported bond issues together with money from the School Building  Authority have also made it possible for Raleigh County Schools to upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; lighting; roofing; windows and flooring in existing facilities.

Raleigh County is recognized statewide for its exceptionally dedicated and talented workforce. Raleigh County school employees are often singled out for their professional leadership, technical knowledge, and contributions to public education and the community.

More than half of Raleigh County teachers hold master’s degrees or beyond. Many of the Raleigh County school system’s service employees have college hours, s ome also with degrees.  Raleigh County Schools is equally proud of its students who excel academically and frequently earn the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in regional, state and national academic and leadership competitions.

The following provide a brief overview of the school system:

> Attendance Rate Above 93%
> Elementary Test Scores Consistently Among the Top Counties in the State
> College Prep Program Sends Students to Top Universities and State Colleges
> Technical Prep Program Allows Articulation with Several Regional Colleges
> Occupational Prep Programs Prepares Students to Enter the Work Force
> Numerous Advanced Placement Classes are Offered
> Dual Enrollment Classes are Offered (receive high school and college credit)
> Computer Study Offered at All Grade Levels
> Twenty-Six Units of Credit Required for Graduation
> Dropout Rate of 3%


> Ranks as one of the largest school systems in West Virginia
> Student enrollment of approximately 12,000
> Comprised of 34 schools;
4 senior high schools
5 middle schools
19 elementary schools
1 career and technical school
> Largest employer in the county; approximately 900 professional personnel(teachers, principals, etc.) over 500 of the teachers have a Master’s Degree, and 600 service employees(cooks, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, etc.)
> Annual operating budget of $70 million plus

The Raleigh County Board of Education and the School Building Authority have spent approximately $18 million during the last 8 years to upgrade older facilities and build new facilities to meet the education and technology needs of the 20th century. A new Junior High was completed in 1994 and another in 1998. All of this was accomplished without increasing the taxes of citizens of businesses in the county. As we enter the 21st century the Board of Education is developing a new Educational Facilities Plan that will include building three new schools, adding additions to existing facilities, and continuing to upgrade older facilities to meet the advanced educational needs of our students.


Raleigh County is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. We have developed a comprehensive Safe Schools Plan, placing a strong emphasis on prevention using strategies which range from crisis training to strong discipline policies and programs which improve school climate.

Listed below are areas addressed in this effort:
> Conflict Resolution / Peer Mediation Training for Staff and Students
> Responsible Student Programs in all Schools
> Student Assistance Programs at the Secondary Level
> Comprehensive Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs Curriculum at all Grade Levels
> S.A.V.E.(Students Against Violence Everywhere) Clubs in all Secondary Schools
> Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training for Staff
> P.E.A.K.(Prevention Education for Adjustment and Knowledge) An In-school Suspension Program serving as an Alternative to Out-of-school Suspension
> “Second Step” Violence Prevention Curriculum Implemented in all Elementary Schools.
> Two Social Workers Employed to Act as a Liaison between School, Home and Community Agencies


The technology mission of Raleigh County Schools is “to ensure educational excellence and equity, providing all students with the resources, knowledge, and skills to thrive and compete in the technology – intensive, ever changing world of the future.” We will pledge to make technology an integral and routine part of the learning experience in order to graduate technologically literate life-long learners. Technology is a powerful tool to improve teaching and learning, to enhance personal productivity, and to facilitate communication and the management of information necessary for the efficient operation of the schools.

Raleigh County has approximately 3900 computers in the schools. Approximately 1200 of these computers have access to internet. Two of the largest sources of funding for our plan have been through two major state initiatives; 1) Basic Skills / Computer Education Program, and 2) SUCCESS – Student Utilization of Computers Across the Curriculum to Enhance Scholastic Success. Raleigh County will continue to work toward keeping technology current and our students prepared to face a technological world.

Raleigh County Schools is among the state’s frontrunners when it comes to technology.  The county is the first in the state to adopt an iPad initiative.  All students in grades 3-12 have a personal device while a 2:1 ratio exists in students age Pre-K through 2nd grade.


Two Raleigh County schools, Bradley and Crescent Elementary were among honorees from across the nation to be recognized as Distinguished Title 1 schools, with Crescent earning an additional honor for exceptional school performance.

Fourteen Raleigh County Schools have achieved the distinction of West Virginia Schools of Excellence which mean they provide a model for educators and education statewide.

Maxwell Hill and Crescent Elementary Schools were honored in November 2012 as public schools from across the state to have achieved exemplary accreditation status.


The ACT serves all five high schools in Raleigh County. Student enrollment follows:
700 High School students
280 Adults
100 Community Education students

Each year approximately 200 students complete vocational courses at the ACT. The overall placement rate is 88% and 68% of graduates are placed in their field.


School to Work is an initiative that prepares students for the world of work. Raleigh County was one of the first counties in the state of West Virginia to become involved in the School to Work program and is quickly becoming a leader in the area. The three components of STW are:

> Career Awareness
> Career Exploration
> Career Preparation

School to Work;

* Raises expectations and standards by emphasizing basic skills remediation and enrichment

* Prepares students for college and / or work

* Combines academic and technical skills

* Links business, industry, and labor with education

* Develops a highly skilled workforce

* Makes schooling relevant

* Prepares students to make career connections

* Requires education, businesses, industry, labor, higher education, parents, and community leaders to work together

* Combines School Based Learning with Work Based Learning


Raleigh County Schools
105 Adair Street
Beckley, West Virginia 25801
304-256-4506 (fax)

Beckley-Raleigh County School System


Raleigh County Board of Education
105 Adair Street
Beckley, WV 25801
Superintendent: Mr. David Price

High Schools

Independence High School
Principal, Bob Meadows
850 Independence Road
Post Office Box 1595
Coal City, WV 25823

Liberty High School
Principal, Clyde Stepp
1700 Coal River Road
Post Office Box 265
Glen Daniel, WV 25844

Shady Spring High School
Principal, Danny Moye
300 Hinton Road
Post Office Box 2001
Shady Spring, WV 25918

Woodrow Wilson High School
Principal, Robert Maynard
410 Stanaford Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Middle Schools

Beckley-Stratton Middle School
Principal, Judy Thomas
401 Grey Flats Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Independence Middle School
Principal, Terry Poe
800 Independence Road
Post Office Box 1171
Sophia, WV 25921

Park Middle School
Principal, Joe Wright
212 Park Avenue
Beckley, WV 25801

Shady Spring Middle School
Principal, Gary Nichols
500 Flat Top Road
Shady Spring, WV 25918

Trap Hill Middle School
Principal, Marsha Smith
665 Coal River Road
Glen Daniel, WV 25844

Elementary Schools

Beckley Elementary School
Principal, Sandra Sheatsley
399 Grey Flats Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Bradley Elementary School
Principal, Sandra Trent
210 Bradley School Road
Mount Hope, WV 25880

Clear Fork District Elementary School
Principal, John Greenwald
4851 Clear Fork Road
Clear Creek, WV 25044

Coal City Elementary School
Principal, Phyllis Newcomb
900 Independence Road
Post Office Box 1240
Coal City, WV 25823

Crab Orchard Elementary School
Principal, Rose M. Kelly
1404 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Post Office Box 727
Crab Orchard, WV 25827

Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School
Principal, Mr. Jan Lafferty
4575 Robert C. Byrd Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

Crescent Elementary School
Principal, Danny Pettry
205 Crescent Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Daniels Elementary School
Principal, Alvin James
351 4-H Lake Road
Post Office Box 689
Daniels, WV 25832

Fairdale Elementary School
Principal, Gail Mills
772 Bolt Road
Post Office Box 10
Fairdale, WV 25839

Ghent Elementary School
Principal, Coleen Redden
2750 Flat Top Road
Post Office Box 350
Ghent, WV 25843

Hollywood Elementary School
Principal, Doug Bird
412 Old Mill Road
Post Office Box 7
MacArthur, WV 25873

Lester Elementary School
Principal, Walter Peelish
1970 Lester Highway
Post Office Box 727
Lester, WV 25865

Mabscott Elementary School
Principal, Theresa Lewis
104 Pershing Avenue
Post Office Box 174
Mabscott, WV 25871

Marsh Fork Elementary School
Principal, Louise Maynor
8801 Coal River Road
Naoma, WV 25140

Maxwell Hill Elementary School
Principal, Larry Farley
1001 Maxwell Hill Road
Beckley,WV 25801

Shady Spring Elementary School
Principal, Donald Price
600 Flat Top Road
Post Office Box 2009
Shady Spring, WV 25918

Sophia-Soak Creek Elementary School
Principal, Lori Knight
200 Mill Street
Post Office Box 487
Sophia, WV 25921

Stanaford Elementary School
Principal, Dreama Bell
950 Stanaford Road
Post Office Box 19
Stanaford, WV 25927

Stratton Elementary School
Principal, Dorothy “Becky” Smith
1129 South Fayette Street
Bekcley, WV 25801

Career & Technical Center

Academy of Careers and Technology (ACT)
A West Virginia School of Excellence

ACT is a secondary career and technical education school that receives students from the four Raleigh County high schools, private schools and adults.

ACT students receive technical and academic training in over 30 program areas in the fields of health, transportation, technology, construction, and the arts. These students are prepared for entry-level jobs or for further education in colleges and technical schools. Seventy-six EDGE credit courses are offered and are accepted by most community colleges in West Virginia; students can earn between 12 and 24 hours of college credit through the EDGE program or 28 hours or more through articulation agreements. ACT’s most recent job placement rate was 100% with 73% placed in the field in which they trained or continued their education in technical schools, colleges and universities.

The Academy of Careers and Technology is committed to ensuring that our students leave with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge available in their chosen field of study. Through informed staff, ultra-modern equipment, and adequate funding from county, state, and federal programs, ACT ensures that students leave with the technical and academic skills necessary to be competitive, productive members of the work force, ready to meet the career challenges of the twenty-first century.

Academy of Careers & Technology
390 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV 25801
304-256-4615 /

Private Schools

Academy at Mountain State University
609 South Kanawha Street
Post Office Box 9003
Beckley, WV 25802-9003

Greater Beckley Christian School
140 Crusader Drive
Post Office Box 670
Prosperity, WV 25909

House of Prayer Christian Academy
Sophia, WV

Mabscott Christian Academy
Wood Street
Mabscott, WV

Montessori Children’s House
203 South Kanawha Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Mount Tabor Christian School
262 Mount Tabor Road
Beckley, WV 25801

Saint Francis DeSales Catholic School
622 South Oakwood
Beckley, WV 25801

Saint Stephens Episcopal
200 Virginia Street
Beckley, WV 25801

Trinity Christian Academy
224 Pinewood Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

United Methodist Temple
The Place
201 Templeview Drive
Beckley, WV 25801

Victory Baptist Academy
Post Office Box 549
Beaver, WV 25813

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