Computer lab at Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

Halifax County Public Schools uses small learning communities centered on students' interests and aptitudes to create a career-based, yet rigorous, academic environment to prepare students for high-skilled, technology-driven, occupations. Known as the Academy Approach, students learn collaborative 21st century workforce skills necessary in an increasingly complex technological world. Our academies include:

  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • International Business
  • International Cultures and Arts
  • Law and Leadership
  • Health and Human Services
  • Motorsports and
  • Governor's Academy for Renewal Resources and Agricultural Sciences

Learn more about the HCPS Academy Approach here.

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center is advancing southern Virginia economically, culturally, and socially by providing citizens with affordable, accessible educational opportunities through partnerships and regional cooperation. The SVHEC is partnered with nine educational institutions to offer Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees in Halifax County. Nursing, business, digital art &design, product design & development, education, and engineering are just a few of the more than 70 certificate and degree programs available at the SVHEC.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research - IALR - Through IALR's research centers, top-notch Virginia Tech faculty are locating to Southside Virginia to conduct research in the fields of polymers, unmanned systems, high value horticulture and forestry, and motorsports engineering. IALR research centers are designed to conduct cutting-edge research in their specialty fields, as well as attracting small and mid-sized companies who desire access to the expertise they offer. Additionally, each research center provides educational opportunities uniquely focused on their current research.

Other educational institutions include:

Additionally, there are a number of universities and colleges within a reasonable driving distance, including:  Averett University, Lynchburg College, Longwood University, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, abd University of Virginia.