Future Educators Academy

Calling Future Educators

picture of Shoaib-Zamani
2024 graduate Shoaib Zamani plans to transfer to Shenandoah University to complete his bachelor’s degree and become a special education teacher.

Future Educators Academy (FEA) is a college partnership lab school that prepares rising high school juniors aspiring to be elementary and special education teachers through dual enrollment using accelerated, hands-on learning.

After obtaining their two-year associate degree from Laurel Ridge, FEA students can transfer to a partner institution and earn their bachelor’s degree and teacher licensure two years after their high school graduation. The College has articulation agreements in place for transfer with local universities and is working on specific agreements for Future Educator Academy students.

Participating School Divisions

  • Clarke County
  • Fauquier County
  • Frederick County
  • Page County
  • Rappahannock County
  • Shenandoah County
  • Warren County
  • Winchester City


  • Middletown Campus – 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, Virginia
  • Fauquier Campus – 6480 College Street, Warrenton, Virginia

No out-of-pocket cost to students

Thanks to generous funding through the College Partnership Laboratory School Fund, students pay nothing out of pocket to obtain an associate degree through FEA , including testing preparation and test fees.

Non-competitive application

Selection is determined by lottery for qualified applicants.

Commit to teaching for two years in your home division

Supporting school divisions are dedicated to offering positions to all successful FEA grads!

Hands-on experience

Practicums, observations, workshops, and other experiential learning prepare students for an exciting and rewarding career in education. Additionally, experienced instructional staff can provide coaching for assessments.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a junior during the 2025-2026 academic year at a participating high school.
  • Completed Algebra II or higher by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Completed three verified credits by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Be in good disciplinary standing with their high school

Laurel Ridge will request high school transcripts to confirm that applicants meet, or are on track to meet, all requirements as part of the application process.

Meet with your high school counselor to discuss your eligibility.

Application deadline: Dec. 16, 2024

Upcoming Information Sessions

Join us live for essential information at the Future Educators Academy. Registering in advance for these meetings ensures you will receive the Zoom link. Once registered, you’ll get a confirmation email with details on how to join the meeting.


Contact Future Educators Academy at [email protected].