Education Alternatives

The Arnold R. Burton Technology Center is an extension of the five county high schools that provides extensive high-tech training for both students and adults looking to further their education or begin a new career.

Governor’s STEM Academy at the Burton Center for Arts & Technology

The Roanoke County Governor’s STEM Academy provides rigorous content within its career and technical education (CTE) instruction concentrating on three career paths: Engineering and Technology, Journalism and Broadcasting, and Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance.

Blue Ridge Technical Academy

Serves at-risk secondary school students, focusing on technical fields with a strong career orientation. Career tracks options include: manufacturing technology, health/medical services, e-commerce and business services, computer science and electronics and fiber optics.

Magnet Schools

Focused on developing individual talents and interests in specific academic groupings. Program options include computer science, high technology, science, mathematics and computers, aviation, performing arts, visual arts, communications, Back to Basics, Montessori, and aerospace. Operated by Roanoke City Public Schools, Magnet Schools have programs for all grade levels, and are open to all students in the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas.

Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science & Technology

The Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology serves highly motivated secondary school students from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding areas in science, mathematics, computer science and technology. Supplements the efforts of area school systems through rigorous and unique curriculum. All students in the program are college bound, and many enter college with advanced placement toward their bachelor’s degrees. The Governor’s School is located on the campus of Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke City, and is operated by seven school systems.