Washington County Schools
Today Washington County School District provides public education for more than 19,000 students. There are 19 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools, 4 middle schools and 6 high schools.
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. It is a 4 year college with the new name of Dixie State College. Now it is a full service, comprehensive community college that serves over 7,000 students and covers over 100 acres in St. George.