Saltville residents enjoy access to the following educational institutions. Smyth County Schools will prepare students to be responsible global citizens by creating a supportive and challenging educational environment.

Northwood High School

Northwood High School is a public high school located in Saltville, Virginia. The school serves about 300 students in grades 9 to 12 in the Smyth County Public Schools system. The school operates on a 4x4 block schedule and has many goals in place to improve the achievement of students on Virginia Standards of Learning exams.

The school opened in 1957 as R. B. Worthy High School. In 1987, Northwood High School was formed when R. B. Worthy and Rich Valley High Schools were consolidated due to declining enrollment. The school is fed by Northwood Middle School, which, in turn, is fed by Saltville Elementary School and Rich Valley Elementary School.

Northwood's mascot is the black panther, and they are known as The Panthers.

Northwood Middle School

Northwood Middle School houses grades 6 through 8. It is located approximately 15 minutes west of Saltville. The school strives to provide students with attainable challenges in the areas of academics, critical thinking, and basic skills. It also strives to promote self-esteem by engaging every student in the learning process, while allowing for individual differences. Enrollment was 200 students in September 30, 2007.

Saltville Elementary School

Saltville Elementary School houses grades K through 5. It is located in the Town of Saltville. The school is continually updating its facilities and educational materials to ensure that the children become lifelong learners that can achieve success in an ever changing world. Enrollment was 281 students in September 30, 2007.

Rich Valley Elementary
Phone: (276) 624-3314

Rich Valley Elementary School houses grades K through 5 and is in the community of Rich Valley. The school's smaller enrollment allows for good individual instruction.

Smyth Career and Technology Center

Smyth Career and Technology Center is located on a beautiful twelve acre site at Seven Mile Ford, Virginia, directly off of Interstate 81, Exit 39. The school opened its doors to 142 students from Chilhowie High School, Marion Senior High School, R.B. Worthy High School, and Rich Valley High School on August 26, 1971. Dr. J. Leonard Mauck, former Smyth County Superintendent of schools, and Mr. Jerry Hicks, Principal of the school from 1971-1975, developed and directed the program during these formative years.

The school began with just a handful of courses offered, but as popularity of the school rose, additional courses were quickly added. In 1978, a 35,000 square foot addition to the school was completed. Currently, SCTC has enrollment of 330 students in 14 trade areas. In addition, SCTC is moving somewhat from its traditional vocational curriculum and including high-level engineering courses utilizing the highest technology available. The Smyth Career and Technology Center has truly become a wonderful institution for learning.

Bluefield College

Bluefield College is a small Christian liberal arts college in Bluefield, Virginia, in Tazewell County, Virginia. It offers 22 majors, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 82 acre campus is about 150 ft from the state line between Virginia and West Virginia.

Dedicated to being Virginia’s premier Christ-centered liberal arts college, preparing innovative learners and transformational leaders to impact a changing world, Bluefield College offers a challengin.

Bluefield State College

Bluefield State College is committed to being the region's leading institution of higher education. Embracing the diversity that shapes our world, the College strives to assist students from all walks of life to achieve their personal and professional goals. Using the expertise of faculty and staff, along with the commitment of its students and alumni, Bluefield State College will continue to strive for excellence in learning, service to the community, and advancements in research.

Proficiency in these areas enables the Institution and its graduates to make important contributions at the community, state, national, and global levels

East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. It is located in Johnson City, Tennessee - a 90 minute drive from Saltville. ETSU has six colleges (Arts & Sciences, Business & Technology, Education, Medicine, Nursing, and Public & Allied Health) and two schools (Continuing Studies and Graduate Studies). ETSU’s programs of study include 112 undergraduate programs, 7 graduate certificates, 75 master’s programs, 3 specialist programs and 12 doctoral programs. It has 11,624 students and most of its classes have fewer than 25 students.

Emory & Henry Colllege

Emory & Henry Colllege is the closest institution of higher learning to the Town of Saltville – a mere 15 minute drive. Emory & Henry was founded in 1836, making it the oldest college in Southwest Virginia. The college is named after Bishop John Emory, a church leader, and Patrick Henry, a renowned patriot of the American Revolution and Virginia's first governor. For Emory & Henry College, Bishop Emory symbolizes belief in the union of faith and learning, while Patrick Henry represents the ideals of freedom and civic virtue. Emory & Henry offers a core liberal arts curriculum that spans four years and emphasizes a global perspective on history, literature, and culture. Emory & Henry's curriculum includes more than 25 programs of study. Emory & Henry College enrolls just over 1,000 students each year with a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1. Of 327 classes, 122 classes have enrollments of between two and nine students.

King Colllege

In 1866, only one year after the end of the Civil War, King College was founded in Bristol, Tennessee – roughly 45 minutes from Saltville. The college is named after Reverend James King, who contributed the land and buildings for the college’s campus. King College has five schools (Arts & Sciences, Business & Economics, Christian Mission, Education, Nursing) and offers graduate and professional studies. King College offers 55 majors and six degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Business Administration. Enrollment is roughly 1900 students and the college boasts one of the lowest student/teacher ratios of 11:1.

Oak Hill Academy

Oak Hill Academy is a private boarding school located just over one hour from Saltville. Founded in 1878, the Academy offers small classes and development of good study habits, balanced with sports, dance, an equestrian program, on campus entertainment, and monthly chaperoned trips into town. Oak Hill Academy is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, is approved by the Virginia Department of Education and is a member of the Southern Association of Independent Schools, Secondary School Adminission Test Board and the Virginia Council for Private Education. The academy includes grades 8 to 12.

Old Dominion University

Founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary. Became an independent institution in 1962; gained university status in 1969. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Best Southeastern College by Princeton Review. Top 15 for Global Management M.B.A. by Entrepreneur. Top 100 graduate School of Education by U.S. News & World Report. 25 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Winners.

Radford University

Founded in 1913, Radford University (RU) is a public university with highly diverse curricula for undergraduates and selected graduate programs. It is located 90 minutes from Saltville. Undergraduate majors include 112 programs in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Human Development, Health and Human Services, Information Science and Technology, and Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Graduate and Extended Education offers 45 programs of study at the master's and specialist levels. Enrollment is approximately 9,000 students, with an 18:1 student/teacher ratio.

University of Virginia at Wise

In 1954, the University of Virginia formed its first (and only) branch college in wise Virginia. The UVA-Wise’s 367 acre campus is a 90 minute drive from Saltville. UVA-Wise offers 25 majors, 27 minors, and 23 teaching licensures. Degrees include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. UVA-Wise also offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, forestry, law, medicine, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. Enrollment is 1,820 students and the student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Average class size is 15, with fewer than 1 percent of classes having more than 40 students.

Virginia Highlands Community College

Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) is located in Abingdon Virginia, only 30 minutes from Saltville. VHCC is an associate college where 3,287 students are working toward 2-year degrees, or the first 2 years of a 4-year degree.

In addition to housing the community college, VHCC also hosts the South West Virginia Higher Education Center and the Center for Business & Industry. The Higher Education Center enables students to earn degrees with other colleges and universities including Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Radford University, Virginia Intermont, Old Dominion University, George Mason University and Emory & Henry College, while taking classes at the VHCC campus. The Center for Business and Industry (CBI) provides companies with skilled instructors that provide specialized training to a wide range of industries. The CBI designs and conducts training programs for specific companies that consider the unique needs of the workplace and of the adult learner.

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is Virginia’s largest university with 25,600 students and a 2,600 acre campus. It is located in Blacksburg, Virginia – 90 minutes from Saltville. Virginia Tech has eight colleges and a graduate school – offering 60 bachelor's degree programs and 110 master's and doctoral degree programs. The student/faculty ratio is 16:1.

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has evolved into a comprehensive university of national and international prominence. Its eight colleges include: Agriculture & Life Sciences, Architecture & Urban Studies, Pamplin College of Business, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Human Sciences, Natural Resources, Science, and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, plus the Graduate School).

Wytheville Community College

Wytheville Community College (WCC) is located 45 minutes from Saltville. WCC offers 2-year Associate Degrees in 20 fields of study, or students can complete the first two years of a 4-year degree through WCC’s transfer program. WCC has 1,641 fulltime students. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

WCC is one of 23 community colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). It operates under policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges. WCC's mission is to ensure that individuals within the college's service region have the opportunity to extend their skills and knowledge through quality programs that are financially and geographically accessible.