Southern Utah Education

Today Washington County School District provides public education for more than 18,277 students. There are 19 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 6 high schools.

The growing population of the county has prompted placing many of the elementary and middle school students on a year round educational program. Year round school consists of four track schedules which alternate time off. At any given time, three tracks are attending and one track is off. Generally, students attend 45 days then “track off” for 15 days. Traditional holidays are observed. High school students follow a traditional August to May schedule.

Specialty programs are available through the public school system including remedial and gifted programs, health services and an in-school lunch program for elementary students.

Education has always been important to the people of Washington County. Even before homes were built, schools were held in wagon boxes and temporary shelters. The first school was built in Virgin in 1860. Three others soon followed. In 1901, a central school was completed offering two years of high school.

In 1911, the first college was founded which comprised of only one building. It was named the St. George Stake Academy but later took on the name, Dixie College, and is now known as Dixie State College. It is a full service, comprehensive 4-year community college that serves over 5,000 students and covers over 100 acres in St. George.