Education is a major strength of the City of Franklin and Southampton County. A consistently high performing public school system with nationally recognized programs and successful career & technology schools produce a steady stream of skilled, talented young people. Evidenced by a 93% college continuation rate and a faculty bar none, Franklin’s school system prides itself on Thinking Big. Consisting of three facilities serving over 1,300 students, the learning in Franklin goes beyond school walls. An electronic and vocational classroom course selection, special education, Advanced Placement and college dual credit offerings are just a few of the academic highlights. A campus greenhouse and new music facility at the high school are just a few of the ways that students can broaden their education through interdisciplinary learning. An outstanding location provides easy access to world class education institutions including Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University. The Paul D. Camp Community College offers a variety of 2-year associates degrees in addition to workforce development programs designed to meet the needs of specific business and industry.

Several private schools call this rural area of Virginia home. Isle of Wight Academy, James River Christian Academy, Nansemond Suffolk Academy, Southampton Academy, and Tidewater Academy ensure a diverse offering of educational opportunities.

Other helpful links:

Workforce Development Center
Paul D. Camp Community College

Franklin Public Schools
Southampton Public Schools

Public School Enrollment



 Fall 2005 Enrollment







 High School




Student Teacher Ratio (2004-05)





 Percentage of 2001-2002 ninth grade membership graduating 2004-2005


 Percentage of high school graduates continuing education 2004-2005 (including military)



 Per Pupil Expenditure (FY 2005):  $8,331.17