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Barbour County


The County maintains a strong emphasis on promoting quality education within its schools.  All Barbour County school buildings are of fairly recent construction.  The oldest school building, Philip Barbour High School, was built in 1962.  A school bond was passed that provided for the construction of a new facility at the High School Complex that was completed in 2004.  There is also a Vocational Center at Philip Barbour High School and the Tri-County Vocational Center in nearby Upshur County.  Approximately 2,552 students are enrolled in grades K-12 in the county school system.  The pupil/teacher ratio is as follows:

Barbour County Schools Pupil/Teacher Ratio







Extra-curricular activities are available for all students and include football, track, baseball, basketball, cross-country, wrestling, volleyball, band, chorus, science fairs, art shows and spelling bees.  All schools are Class I schools as accredited by the WV Department of Education. 

Philippi is home to Alderson-Broaddus College, a four-year co-educational liberal arts institution affiliated with American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.  The presence of the college in the community means local opportunity for academic study as well as for the enjoyment of cultural and athletic events presented by the college.  The college offers 44 majors across five academic divisions (education, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences) leading to Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. 
Other colleges within commuting distance include:

                   Nearby Colleges/Universities                                                  Barbour County, West Virginia

Davis & Elkins College


25 miles

West Virginia Wesleyan College


25 miles

Fairmont State University


40 miles

Salem Teikyo University


45 miles

West Virginia University


45 miles

Barbour County’s public schools are among the newest, safest facilities in the state. All have been built since 1979 with the Philip Barbour High School newly constructed in 2004.  Slightly more than 2,500 students are enrolled in grades K-12. Extra-curricular activities are available for all students and include football, track, wrestling, volleyball, band chorus, science fairs, art shows, and spelling bees. All schools are Class I schools as accredited by the WV Department of Education.

Barbour County Schools are continually striving to improve student achievement.  Success has been realized through the dedication of students, employees, parents, and communities.  Informal assessments are being used to continuously monitor student achievement.  Instructional strategies are monitored and adjusted to ensure progress toward student’s mastery of the content standards and objectives. 

Barbour County Schools are proud of the collaborative efforts and successes of our educational community.  By working together we are achieving our goals.  Barbour County Schools is positively impacting the future by providing a quality education for our students.

Recent data from the West Virginia Report Card provided the following information as it relates to Barbour County Schools:

Information about Barbour County Schools

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     High Schools


  • Largest employer in Barbour County
  • Belington Elementary School, Junior Elementary School, Mount Vernon Elementary School and Volga-Century Elementary School all met Adequate Yearly Progress and were designated a “High Achieving School”
  • Kasson Elementary/Middle School met the Adequate Yearly Progress in all areas and is an “Exemplary School” and “Best Among Peers”

The Barbour County Vocational Center has programs in accounting, agriculture mechanics, building maintenance, child care, clerical work, cooperative education, food service, health assistant, stenographic work, wood processing, home economics, keyboarding, exploring industrial occupations, auto-body repair, auto mechanics, diesel mechanics, electricity, general construction, machine shop, and welding.
The Vocational Center operates a busy evening and summer training schedule for adult and youth programs, and has been most cooperative in adopting training programs to meet local needs.

Recently named one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi is an independent liberal arts institution associated with the American Baptist Churches.  A-B is ranked 21st in this year’s edition. The institution is also ranked 5th in the South in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” the only school in West Virginia to be named. USA.  A-B offers 45 majors in five academic divisions: education, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Five other institutions of higher education are located within 50 miles of the county, including West Virginia University and Fairmont State University.

Barbour County Schools



Alderson-Broaddus College


124 North Main St. Philippi, WV 26416

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