One of the draws to Woodbridge is an excellent school system. Prince William County Public Schools have been consistently rated as excellent and are used as a role model by other districts in the state. In previous years, Newsweek ranked three county high schools among the top 500 schools in the United States. The Washington Post ranked Prince William County Public Schools sixth out of 20 local area school divisions in its latest High School Challenge Index. For three consecutive years, Expansion Management magazine has given Prince William County Public Schools a Gold Medal rating as one of the nation's top performing school divisions. This designation indicates that Prince William County is a prime location for businesses that are considering expanding or relocating. Eighty-seven percent of graduates continue their education at universities, colleges and other schools.
Northern Virginia Community College maintains a campus in Woodbridge. NVCC is an open access, comprehensive community college offering two-year associate degrees, one-year certificates, and career studies certificates as well as continuing education and community services programs. There are numerous additional institutions of higher learning in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. metroplex all within a short drive.
From the expansive shores of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers to the peaks of the Bull Run Mountains, Prince William County is a region of diversity and prosperity. The economic environment is welcoming to business and the region's quality of life is high for its citizens. It is a region with much to see and do, and Prince William's historical sites, cultural attractions, recreational opportunities and shopping spots attract both residents and visitors.
A variety of opportunities await cultural patrons. Prince William County fosters the arts through its Arts Council. Regional performances include indoor and outdoor productions by the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Upstart Crow Productions, Inc., the Manassas Dance Company, the Center for the Arts, and other cultural groups.
Prince William County itself encompasses an area of 336 square miles and has grown to more than 450,000. Included within its boundaries are numerous historic cities and sites including the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Prince William enjoys an excellent transportation network. Residents may travel to and from Washington, D.C., using two major interstates, and a county parkway provides smooth cross-county transportation. Two railroads and the third largest local airport in Virginia serve the county, and Dulles International and Reagan National airports are within 30 minutes of its borders.
The area is steeped in history. It was one of the first "New World" sites explored by Captain John Smith when he traveled up the Potomac River in 1608. By mid-eighteenth century, the region was an area of thriving plantations and profitable mercantile shipping operations, and this history is chronicled in the Weems-Botts Museum in historic Dumfries, the first Virginia town incorporated. Two significant Civil War battles were fought here in the mid-nineteenth century, and today Manassas National Battlefield Park attracts a million visitors a year. The Manassas Museum System provides a comprehensive look at the region's history.