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Apply 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.
Apply by March 1.


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.


Tours for Potential Venable Students

Ven-Bldg_edVenable will be offering tours to parents on the dates listed below.  All tours take place at 9:15 a.m. and last approximately 30-45 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:

  • January 19
  • February 23
  • March 16
  • April 13

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 typically 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.  Click here for information about the application process. 

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Facilities planning for the future

Making sure that our facilities meet the needs of students and staff

Charlottesville City Schools is growing! Since our enrollment has been increasing about 3 percent annually, we need to consider the future of our school facilities. Together, let’s consider how we can best meet our students’ needs, particularly for our classes serving preschool through grade 8. Our school division’s growth also presents an opportunity to modernize our schools for 21st-century learning.

Graphic showing enrollment growth from 1986-2011 and 2011-2018

Upcoming Meetings:

    • (POSTPONED) Community Conversation: January 31, 2018 – 6 p.m., Charlottesville High School media center

    • School Board discussion/public comment – February 1, 2018, 5:00 p.m., CHS 

      • School Board meetings are live streamed at (search for Charlottesville City Schools). Watch regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of every month at 5 p.m.
      • Meetings are also recorded and later televised on Public Access Channel 14 on Thursday & Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday at 12 and 7 p.m. of the same week as the meeting.

Community Meetings Slideshow

Charlottesville City Schools contracted VMDO Architects to study capacity and growth in the division. VMDO’s findings, along with the UVA Weldon Cooper Center’s study on enrollment trends in Charlottesville, were presented at two community meetings in November.

Title slide "Charlottesville City Schools Public Forums on Capacity & Growth." Click on the image to view full slideshow presentation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs on Growth and Capacity Solutions for Charlottesville City Schools

Frequently Asked Questions coming soon. Please help us compile this list by providing your own questions/feedback using the Community Survey.

Next Steps


The next Community Meetings will be January 23 at 6 p.m. at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and January 31 at 6 p.m. at CHS Media Center followed by a series of school PTO meetings and other community outreach meetings where we will provide information and gather feedback from community members. Additionally, there will be discussion and an opportunity for public comment at the regularly scheduled School Board meeting on February 2 at 5:30pm in the Charlottesville High School library.

Stay in Touch

Stay informed and share your thoughts! We will continue to post future
updates on this web page. Look for a more robust community survey coming in January.


Next decisions:
1) Consensus about moving forward with expansion plans?
2) One new elementary, or three expanded elementaries? Centralized preschool?
3) Other questions as they emerge from community feedback.


Additional Resources

Complete the community survey

A very brief  survey is available to capture some initial thoughts. Please look for a more detailed survey coming in January.

Graphic: Every Learner. Every Day. Everyone.

Calendar for 2018-19

Cville Schools 2018-19 calendar. Call 245-2962 for details.Thanks for your strong response to our request for feedback about the draft 2018-19 academic calendar!  The survey inquiring about winter break scenarios received more than 1,000 responses. By a 2-1 margin, it showed a preference for a two-week winter break that begins on a Monday and ends on a Friday. The Charlottesville School Board voted for this winter break option at its meeting on 1/4. The Albemarle County School Board approved a calendar that is almost identical except for the dates of winter break.. 

Comments about this year’s calendar:

  • Winter break: Based on community feedback, we conducted a follow-up survey to see what break scenario is preferred. See chart below for responses.Results from Winter Break survey. 56% in favor of a break that runs from 12/24-1/4. 24 % for a break that runs from 12/20-1/3; 21% for either.
  • Spring break: Our practice is to designate the first full week of April as our spring break. We are sometimes asked, Can’t you align spring break with U.Va.’s?   U.Va.’s spring break is typically at the beginning of March, which for K-12 students would make for a very long stretch without a break later in the spring. So while we recognize that this would be a good solution for U.Va. families, we feel that it doesn’t represent the interests of all our students and staff. Our 2016 survey of the initial draft indicated that a majority of respondents favored keeping spring break during the first week of April.
  • Half-days: Based on community feedback, one half-day has been eliminated in draft 2.
  • History about the calendar development: For over a decade, the Charlottesville and Albemarle County school divisions have worked together for a common calendar. A joint committee creates a draft calendar, and then we ask for input from students, teachers, administration, and parents. If necessary, the committee makes revisions to the draft before submitting a recommended calendar to the two school boards for approval.
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Back-to-School Nights

FB-IMG_6666After 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 19, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 14, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Pot Luck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 12, 6-8pm
  • Buford:  Friday, September 15,  Fall Harvest Festival 5:30-7:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 18, 5:30-7:30pm
  • LMA:  Thursday, September 14, 4:30-6pm

Resources for Parents and Educators Following Charlottesville Rally on August 12, 2017

translation buttonThe joint superintendents and School Boards of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have created a message for our community: 

Joint Statement

Dear Members of our School Communities:

The events of this weekend were tragic beyond words and as such events always do, they extracted a heavy price.  A wonderful young lady was taken from us.  Two brave and devoted public servants also lost their lives.  Many of our neighbors suffered injuries and trauma and all of us are sharing in the pain.

One national television reporter asked how Charlottesville will now feel to have its name linked in memory to other cities and towns across our country that have suffered from unspeakable crimes against humanity.

How will we feel and what will we do?

The memory of this weekend’s events should survive as a community that responded forcefully in overcoming the darkest impulses of those who traffic in hatred, intolerance and brute force.

The message from Charlottesville to our nation must be stronger than ever before—that we are a community that values the safety of every person, the dignity of every resident, the respect of every background, the equality of every opportunity and the strength of every collaboration that promotes the common good.

As they should be, the values of our communities are found in our public schools.  Our schools, after all, are the source of our greatest dreams and aspirations for our children.  It is where we learn about the power of ideas, the importance of history, the strength of community and the right of every child to reach their highest potential.

Our schools are where we make acquaintance with civic responsibility.  The work we do in our schools must always bring to life our nation’s most sacred promise– “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

There is no room in this sacred promise for hatred, racism, violence and intolerance.

The answer to the question from the national media about how Charlottesville will be known is that we will be known as the community that rededicated itself to the promise of America and to those ideals that define our nation’s highest calling.

We will be known as a community whose teachers and staff will continue to do what the best educators always have done—stand tall in modeling these American ideals in their work every day.

If you would like resources for discussing this matter with your family, we have compiled a list for your consideration below.

Dr. Rosa Atkins & Mr. Juan Wade
Charlottesville City Schools

Dr. Pam Moran & Ms. Kate Acuff
Albemarle County Public Schools

A Glimpse into How Our Staff is Moving Forward

This week has been hard, but as our teachers and staff have returned to school this week, we have tried to create space for processing. We want to support our teachers so that they can continue their amazing work of supporting our students. To see videos and pictures from our inspirational all-staff convocation, see @CvilleSchools on Facebook and Twitter.

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Resources for Parents and Educators

A number of local agencies and national groups have created resources for family  discussions centered on race and/or community violence.

The following have been suggested by our school counselors as potential resources for your consideration. We recognize that this list is not complete, and that different families and teachers will find some links more useful than others.

All Ages

All Ages:

How Can Parents Help Their Children (following community violence)? (resources from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Books that Might Help (published on

How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville (Age-appropriate fiction recommendations from the New York Times)

How to Talk to Your Kids about the Violence in Charlottesville (compiled by the L.A. Times)

Post-Charlottesville Resources (from the Virginia Department of Education)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

Tragic Events (Resources) (compiled by the Fred Rogers Company)

What Charlottesville Means for Our Black Family (essay published on

Young Children

Young Children:

After a Crisis, Helping Young Children Heal (tips from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

Once I Was Very Scared. (picture book available as a PDF and also available in Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish). Author: Chandra Ghosh Ippen.  Piplo Productions.

A Terrible Thing Happened. (book for ages 4-7) Author: Margaret M. Holmes. Dalmation Press. Franklin, Tennessee.



Youth Resources for the Charlottesville Rally (compiled by the local organization Ready Kids)

For Educators

For Educators:
A Guide for Educators in a Community’s Most Difficult Moments (compiled by Albemarle County Public Schools)

When School Starts… (teacher resources compiled by The Washington Post)

I’m a Teacher In Charlottesville. This is How I’ll Talk to My Students. (Washington Post)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis (tips compiled by the National Association of School Psychologists)

For curricular resources, educators can check with their principal, coach, and area coordinators.

Counseling Resources

Community Counseling Resources:

  • Child and Family Clinic (up to age 18)
  • Adult Clink (18 and older) 972-1800
  • Walk-in Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays (can call ahead at 972-1800), 9am-noon

Venable Back-to-School Info

translation buttonDear Venable Families:

Welcome to 2017-2018! Thank you for accessing your child’s back to school information online.

We are excited about having our school family reunited in a few weeks for what we are sure is going to be a fantastic school year. We plan to build on all the great work we started last year with writing, problem solving, and communicating our learning through student-led conferences. We are also launching school-wide expectations and Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) for all students.

Venable SchoolWe want to extend a warm welcome to our new families. We hope that you will find Venable a vibrant place characterized by strong, caring relationships between staff, students and parents. We are hosting a new family orientation on Monday, August 14 from 5:15pm-6:00pm for any families who did not attend a kindergarten camp orientation. All are welcome.

Open House is on Monday, August 21 between 1:00pm and 3:00pm during the partial solar eclipse! This is a drop-in event; come any time during that time frame to meet your child’s teacher, drop off supplies, complete online paperwork via PowerSchool (if you haven’t already done so), and view the partial solar eclipse. Special eclipse-viewing glasses will be on hand for you to enjoy while you’re here.

Venable Custom Ink t-shirtWe have new student t-shirts this year designed by a former Venable student. They will be on sale at Open House. Student shirts are $8. We will have a few adult shirts on hand for $10, but will be collecting online orders for adult shirts through September 1 so that you can order exactly what you’d like.

Please make sure you also access the following documents to help you get ready for the school year (click on hyperlinks):

  1. This letter as a PDF for easy printing
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Important Dates to Remember
  4. Venable Safety and Security
  5. PBIS Behavioral Expectations Matrix
  6. Meals application (mailed to you; must be completed and returned by Aug. 25)

Please access your child’s bus route in PowerSchool on or after August 19. We will have paper copies available during Open House as well.

Add the Venable events and the Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!
Add Venable events and Cville Schools holidays to your Google calendar!

Our Welcome Back Potluck and Clothing Swap will take place the same evening as Back to School night, with a new and improved set-up to facilitate serving and eating more efficiently! More details will come, but please mark your calendars for September 14 for both events. Please also start saving your children’s outgrown fall and summer clothes for the clothing swap (no adult items, please). (To add Venable events or Charlottesville City Schools holidays to your e-calendar, follow these links.)

We are glad you are a part of the Venable community. We encourage you to become an active member of the Venable Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). PTO meetings will be held on the 2nd Mondays of each month from 6pm-7pm. Childcare and pizza will be provided. There are plenty of other ways to be involved at the school; just ask! As well, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We are here to help.


Erin Kershner & Valeta Paige,
Principal & Assistant Principal

Chromebook Distribution & Other Fall Info for Buford

Welcome back — the start of school is almost here!

lenovo-thinkpad-chromebook-laptop-6806-010Get Your Chromebooks

Buford Middle School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer), charger, and a carrying case for the school year. Buford students, along with their parents/guardians, will have the opportunity to pick up their Chromebook prior to the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Pick-Up Dates and Times (in Buford Cafeteria)

  • Monday, August 14th: 4 – 6pm
  • Tuesday, August 15th: 1 – 4pm
  • Wednesday, August 16th: 4 – 6pm
  • Thursday, August 17th: 1 – 4pm
  • Friday, August 18th: 9am – 4pm
  • Monday, August 21st: 10am – 1pm
  • Tuesday, August 22nd: 9am – 3pm

Please take advantage of these dates and times so your child can avoid long lines on the first day of school.

TIP: Use your child’s Chromebook to log into PowerSchool and easily complete your back-to-school forms with InfoSnap! Information about creating a PowerSchool account was mailed to your home.  Find a sample letter here.