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Apply now for preschool

graphic of kids holding handsIt’s time to apply for preschool! Charlottesville City Schools offers free classes for qualifying three- and four-year-olds.

Applications are due to your local elementary school by March 1.

Questions?

Call 434-245-2813.

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica “Translate” (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja “Spanish.” La aplicación y más información está disponible en español.

 

Visit Venable: Tours for prospective parents

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to prospective parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. We limit the number of participants on each tour to ensure that everyone can hear and ask questions.  Please call Ms. Lawson in the Venable office to register – 434-245-2418.

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 7
  • December 5
  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 12
  • April 23

Parents should plan to arrive in the front office a few minutes early to sign in and receive visitors’ passes.  Please allot time for parking as there are only a few spots available on site and many of the neighborhood streets do not permit non-resident parking during the day.

Unfortunately, requests for tours at other dates and times cannot be honored due to the disruption to classes.

If you are an out-of-division family who would like to apply for a space at Venable next year, we begin accepting applications in April.  For information about the application process, click here and select the “Non-resident Student” tab. 

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Photo and Yearbook Information

yearbook, 3D rendering, metal text on rust backgroundIt’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made.
You can order your yearbook or place a senior ad with a special message and photos here.
See details below.

Senior ads:

Want to say something special to your senior that they will have forever? Buy an ad space to share your message and pictures on balfour.com. These can be baby photos, senior photos, and any photos in between. Go beyond words with this sweet “goodbye and good luck” message!

Outside Photographers for senior pictures:

If using an outside photographer, senior pictures are due November 15. Submit the original JPEG by email to helmh1@charlottesvilleschools.org.

Yearbook sales:

  • $65 before October 25
  • $75 after October 25

All ad spaces, yearbooks, and accessories can be purchased at balfour.com.

Upcoming Dates & Info:

  • September 16: Senior Portrait Make-up Day
  • September 17-18: Non-Senior School Picture Days
  • October 14: Picture Make-up Day
  • October 25: Last day to buy yearbook at reduced price
  • November 15: Senior portraits from outside photographers due to Ms. Helm
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Back-to-School Nights

After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm (includes picnic)
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Potluck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm
  • Buford: Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday 9/26 and Tuesday, 10/1, 4-7pm plus Harvest Festival 10/4 at 5:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 16, 5-7pm
  • CATEC: Wednesday, September 25, 5-7pm
  • Lugo-McGinness: Back-to-School Potluck, August 20
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CHS Fall 2019: Key Dates and Information

CHS Black Knights logoThe first day of school is Wednesday, August 21, 2019. See below for school counselor assignments, bus routes, supplies list, and other important back-to-school information.

School Day Hours:

  •  9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Open House Information:

Save-the-Dates for Rising 9th-Graders:

School Supplies List:

Summer Reading List:

Chromebook Distribution Information

  • Chromebooks will be distributed at CHS open house on August 20 from 5-7 p.m. Complete your re-registration forms in PowerSchool (not needed for new students) to give permission for your child to receive a Chromebook. Call 245-2410 or 245-2962 for PowerSchool assistance.

Bus Routes:

School Counseling:

  • Please visit our CHS Counseling website for important dates,  career and college preparation information, and more!

    College Counselor Assignments

    A-Co:
    Kerry Avakian
    (434) 245-2684Cr-Hi:
    David Wilkerson
    (434) 245-2689Ho-M:
    Brianna Hill
    (434) 245-2687N-S:
    Melanie Key
    (434) 245-2686Department Chair & T-Wa:
    Sarah Elaine Hart
    (434) 245-2688We-Z & ESL:
    Lisa Morales
    (434) 245-2685Office hours for school counselors are 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please contact your student’s counselor if you would like to request an appointment.

Fall Sports Information:

  • Visit gocville.org to follow CHS sports and activities, including try-out info and parent meetings.

Senior Portrait Information:

  • Senior Picture Day: August 8, 2019, 9am-4pm, CHS small gym
    • Students will receive their appointment times via mail from Lifetouch.
  • Senior Make-Up: September 16, 2019, 9am-pm, CHS small gym
  • See FAQ about senior portraits below.
  • For questions regarding appointments and pricing, contact Lifetouch at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

Senior Portrait FAQ

FAQ

Senior Portraits —

Q: Where do I view my photo slot?
A: You will receive your appointment times in the mail via Lifetouch by late July.

Q: What if the time doesn’t work for me?
A: Contact Lifetouch at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

Q: What if I miss my time slot?
A: If you can come to the MLKPAC before 3:30pm on Senior Picture Day, come on out.  Otherwise do make ups.

Q. Where do I take my photo?
A: Go to the PAC, and they will direct you from there.

Q: What should I wear?
A. Wear an undershirt and bring several of your favorite outfits.

Q: Should I take a photo?
A: Yes, it gets you a Senior id, you may want to use the formal shot to send out to relatives, and it’s the first check on your name and image for the yearbook.  You can still submit a private photo as well.

Q: What if I want to submit a personal photo?
A: First, take your photo with Lifetouch on Senior Picture Day in the PAC and then do your private setting.  Submit the private one by October 1st to Ms. Hannah Helm at helmh1@charlottesvilleschools.org.  Make sure it’s a high-resolution photo (300 DPI) and rename it with your first and last name.  Place your name in the subject along with the words “Senior Photo.”  Example: Barney Rubble Senior Photo.

9th-11th Grade Portrait Information:

  • Non-Senior Picture Day: September 17-18, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym
  • Non-Senior Picture Make-Up Day: October 14, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym

Staff Portrait Information:

  • Staff Picture Day:  date TBD
    • Individual portraits: 12-4pm
    • Staff group photo: 11:45am

For a downloadable PDF of the CHS Summer Events calendar (July-August), click here.

 

School Supplies Lists 2019-20

School-Supply-Lists2School starts August 21.  Now is a great time to get your school supplies!

Below are this year’s CCS school supplies lists.  Copies of these lists are available at area stores. If you have any questions, please call your school.

And if you need assistance getting school supplies for this year, plan to attend the Back to School Bash at the Sprint Pavilion on August 17 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. For more information about the Back to School Bash, including a link to register, visit www.cvillebacktoschoolbash.com/.

  • For assistance with other school supplies, any fees, or other needs, please contact your school principal or counselor.

School Supply Lists for the 2019-20 School Year:

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

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Summer Reading at Charlottesville City Schools

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Sculpture by Kara, Johnson Elementary 3rd grader.

Reading never takes a vacation!  Make this important and fun activity a part of your summer.  Below is information about our summer reading programs.

Also, you and your family might enjoy meeting up with Books on Bikes, a group of Charlottesville City Schools teachers, librarians, staff, and even trained doggie pals as they make summertime deliveries of books and freezy-pops.

Summer Reading Recommendations and Information:

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a open house schedule? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

 

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Buzz-by-Belmont: Clark 5K Family Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash Registration Open

Charlottesville-area residents can now register to participate in the 14th Annual Clark Elementary School “Buzz by Belmont” 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 26.

Starting line at Buzz by Belmont Race 2017
2017 Buzz by Belmont Race, Photo credit: Bart Isley

The race is a celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun that starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood and Charlottesville fitness community.

The race starts at 8:00 a.m. and takes participants along a rolling course through the diverse neighborhoods that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. There will also be a free Kids Dash for elementary students (Pre-K to 4th grade) which will start at 9:00 a.m. on the Clark Elementary Field. The dash will be run by age group and contained to the Clark field.

Fees range from pay-what-you-can donations for Clark Families to a $10 youth fee or
$20 for adults 18-and-over for early registrations. Prices increase $5 after 9/15. Race tshirts
are guaranteed for all early registrations.

This year’s event is being sponsored in part by a Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School mini-grant. The Safe Routes to School program aims to encourage students to walk to school regularly and safely. In addition to providing built-in exercise for students, the program seeks to reduce traffic congestion and emissions around
schools.

The race is officiated by the Charlottesville Track Club, and is part of the C-ville-athon
running circuit. All proceeds benefit the Clark Education Opportunity Fund. Post-race
activities will be held at Clark and will include cheering for the kids dash, Safe Routes to
School bicycle rodeo, a raffle featuring local business gift cards, and race prizes.


When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 starting at 8am (check-in at 7:30am).
Who: Runners, walkers, and strollers are welcome.
Where: Start and finish at Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Avenue.
Registration:  Sign up now!  Early Bird pricing until September 15. Tshirts guaranteed for all early registrants.
Sign up to Volunteer:  There are many ways to help and have fun! Link to SignUp Genius coming soon.

Thanks to our Sponsors: Safe Routes to School, The Catering Outfit, The Local, Ting, WE Brown, Stony Point Design/Build, Martin Horn, Balanced Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, Ragged Mountain Running Shop and Charlottesville Track Club.


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Charlottesville Schools Ranked #6 in Virginia

Logo badge for 2019 Best Schools-NicheThe 2019 Niche.com K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A+ , placing #6 overall among Virginia school districts and landing in the top 3% in the nation.

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include:

  • #2 of 133 – Most Diverse School Divisions
  • #3 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia
  • #6 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.
  •  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Academics and Teachers.

We’re proud of the good work of our students and teachers, and we appreciate the support of our community. While any given ranking system has its limitations, Charlottesville City Schools has done so well by so many measures, that the combined feedback paints a portrait of excellence. Three other indicators would include: