Caroline County is located on the Eastern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Northern piece of the country borders on the Rappahannock River, notably at the historic town of Port Royal. The Caroline county seat is Bowling Green.

Caroline County was established in 1728 and was named in honor of Caroline of Ansbach, wife of the then reigning King, George II of Great Britain. It is the birthplace of the renowned racehorse Secretariat, winner of the 1973 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes; the Triple Crown.

As of the 2010 census, the county population was 28,545, having more than doubled in the last fifty years. Caroline is part of the Greater Richmond Region.

As of 2015, there are about 4,200 students enrolled in 5 schools. There are 3 elementary schools (grades PK-5), 1 middle school (grades 6-8), and 1 high school (grades 9-12.)

Strategic Plan


Reaching New Heights Together


The mission of Caroline County Public Schools is to provide a world class education through engaging, inspiring, and affirming all learners.


  • Improve student attendance.
  • Reach all students of varying abilities.
  • Hire staff to meet the needs of diverse students.
  • Ensure high academic achievement for all students.
  • Improve communication and the image of schools.
  • Foster positive morale and climate in Caroline County Public Schools.

Guiding Principles

  • Student learning comes first.
  • Teamwork is the key to success.
  • All individuals are treated with respect.
  • Diversity is understood and appreciated.
  • Communication enhances understanding and trust.
  • Education is depended upon the support of the community.
  • Monitoring performance and providing feedback lead to improvement.

School facilities

5 schools

Student Demographics

As of September 27, 2016:

  • Total Enrollment (PK-12): 4402
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: 10
  • Asian: 23
  • Black or African American: 1213
  • Hispanic/Latino: 347
  • Native Hawaiian / Other Pac Islander: 10
  • White: 2416
  • Two or More Race Categories: 383

School Quality Profiles

Virginia’s new School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. Report cards are available for schools, school divisions and for the commonwealth.

Visit http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/