Summer is winding down and it's almost time for another school year to begin. Here in Washington County, there are 25 elementary schools, 6 intermediate, 6 middle, and 8 high schools. There are also 6 charter schools accepting kids of all ages, from preschool to high school. 

To accommodate growth in the booming Washington Fields and Little Valley areas, the district is planning 3 new schools - an elementary, middle, and high school - all to be completed by 2019. 

There are over 31,000 students enrolled in Washington County School District (WCSD) for the 2017-2018 school year. The ethnicity groups reported last year are 78% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 2% Pacific Islander, and 1% each Asian, African American, and Native American. 

Originally, Washington County had 19 separate school districts which were consolidated in 1915. The current mission statement is "Improve Student Achievement", and the teachers, support staff, and administration of WCSD work hard to do so. The high school graduation rate in Utah is 85%, and Washington County comes in a little bit higher for 2016 at 88%. 

Of course, St. George is home to Dixie State University, which currently offers bachelor’s degrees in 38 content areas with 65 different emphases, as well as 36 minors, 19 associate’s degrees, and 16 certificate options. And more competitive programs are on the way!

Access to quality education is a high priority in Washington County, another reason why this sunny corner of Utah is a great place to live and raise a family.