Henry County is a wonderful place to live! Henry County is located on the southern border of Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and covers 385 square miles. Centrally located on the East Coast, this rural community is within a 1 day drive of 60% of the U.S. population. We are blessed with beauty, natural resources, a moderate climate, and a terrific location. You can also listen to the roar of NASCAR races or go to the Smith River and catch some of the biggest trout in the state.
The area is located within 50 miles of two larger metropolitan areas - Roanoke, VA, and Greensboro, NC. The climate in Henry County is perfect for those who like their winters just a little cool and their summers delightful. The view of the Blue Ridge Parkway highlights our breathtaking spring and spectacular autumn. Click the map explore our location.
The cost of living in Martinsville-Henry County is 15.4% below the national average and considerably lower than in many localities in the United States.
In Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) We are Proud of...
HCPS student enrollment is over 7,000 across 10 elementary schools (including 10 preschool programs), 2 middle schools, 2 high schools, a regional alternative program, community learning center and adult education program.
HCPS is the largest employer in Martinsville and Henry County with over 1,150 full-time employees and a 15-16 operating budget of $73,611,051.
Over 40% of HCPS teachers have an advanced degree.
Rich Acres Elementary School was a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School.
As a part of our Professional Learning Community, teachers enjoy:
- Beginning teacher mentorship program
- Comprehensive benefits package
- Stipends for advanced degrees and National Board Certification
- Collaborative learning and working environments
- Technology-rich classrooms
- Professional learning and recertification opportunities
- Employee purchase options
The school division has the largest iPad initiative in the state with more than 5,000 iPads for use by students in all grade levels. In the 2015-2016 school year, students in grades 3-8 have a 1:1 iPad ratio (the district-wide device ratio is 1.6:1). The school system also boasts the largest e-textbook initiative in the region and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, hosting two annual National Apple visit days.
In addition to student iPad use, each high school participates in a BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) technology program. Students may register their personal devices on the school wi-fi system for use in the classroom and for recreational purposes in designated common areas. This program serves as a complement to district-provided laptops and MacBooks, personal response devices, Apple TVs, and SMARTBoards in the classroom.
Over 100 classrooms are equipped with SMART BoardsTM (provided with grant awards). A SMART BoardTM instantly makes the classroom interactive by projecting anything shown on a computer screen to a large interactive white board.
Instant Parental Notification System - All HCPS parents are notified in minutes with the correct message and what they need to do in the event of an emergency. Parents and/or other designated family members receive communications via telephone, email, pager, and cell phone informing them of the situation and how they should respond.
All elementary school classrooms (and some middle and high school classrooms) are equipped with Sound Amplification Systems. The teacher wears a wireless, infrared microphone, and his/her voice is played through loudspeakers for the entire class to hear. This ensures that every student has a front row seat.
All schools have fiber to the desktop and have Internet/intranet services via the WAN from the central office servers.
ACE Academy - HCPS partners with Patrick Henry Community College to provide high school students with the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree in general studies while completing their high school program of study.
Helping Hands - HCPS partners with various civic organizations, businesses, and faith-based groups to provide support through volunteer opportunities at our schools
Board DocsTM - The HCPS School Board conducts paperless meetings. All school board meeting agendas, minutes, and policies are available online.