According to the West Virginia Department of Education, 250,899 are students enrolled in the public school system. West Virginia’s public school enrollment has been on a steady decline since 2015 with 279,899 students reportedly enrolled. The attendance rate is 94.8%, and the state’s four-year high school graduation rate is 91.1%.
For public school options, West Virginia school districts determine their own open enrollment policies. Families may also choose from one of the state’s magnet schools. West Virginia recently authorized and expanded charter school legislation, so the first charter schools are set to open for the 2022-2023 year. As for private schooling, West Virginia offers over 100 schools to choose from. Additionally, West Virginia families can homeschool their children; it is required to notify the state.