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January 2022 News and Highlights

A Word from Dr. Gurley

Portrait of Dr. GurleyDear families,

We are so glad to have students back in the classroom this week after the weather disruptions of the beginning of the year. The snow, road conditions and power outages made it unsafe for us to transport students and open schools. In fact, power was not restored to Clark until last Thursday. At the same time, I know our division’s decision to remain closed was hard on many of our families. I appreciate your patience and the grace you have extended to me.

Communicating About Closures
As we face the possibility of more winter weather this weekend, please keep tuned in for updates. If we need to change our schedule, we will contact you via SchoolMessenger. You can also check our website, social media channels, and local media. (If you’re not getting SchoolMessenger phone or email updates, contact your school.)

Updates on In-Person School/Classroom COVID Indicators
We are also keeping an eye on how the current COVID surge is impacting our schools’ safety and operations using our three indicators:

  • Both staffing and student absences are similar to what we were seeing before winter break.
  • COVID cases are higher than prior to break, especially since many winter break cases are being reported now. Most new cases have not resulted in school exposures, but we continue to work with the health district to monitor specific situations.

COVID Protocol: Definition of “Fully Vaccinated”
We are also changing one part of our COVID protocol: Now, to be considered fully vaccinated (and avoid the 14-day quarantine after exposure), students and staff must also receive a booster shot if/when they are eligible. Boosters are widely available and recommended for ages 12+. For our purposes, you are considered fully vaccinated either if you are boosted, or if it has been less than than 6 months since a Pfizer/Moderna 2nd dose or 2 months since a J&J single dose. A “test to stay” protocol as a safe alternative to quarantine is in the works for students through a partnership with the state.

Schools are closed this Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Amidst these challenging times, let this day offer a chance for reflection and the renewal of our commitments to one another and our community.

Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.

Mark your calendars! Want to see more dates? Here is a link to the fully updated 2021-22 school year calendar. And check out the newly approved 2022-23 school year calendar, too.

In December we said goodbye and THANK YOU to Leah Puryear and Juandiego Wade for 15 transformative years on our School Board. Watch a brief tribute to their service. In 2022 we welcome Emily Dooley and Dom Morse to the Board! Plus: Want to keep up with important updates from the Board? Subscribe to “Mini Minutes” for quick takeaways from each session.

There’s still time to submit nominations for the 2022 Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence in Charlottesville and Albemarle! The deadline to honor one of your child’s amazing educators is Monday, January 24. Winners receive a $500 grant for classroom materials or professional development. Click here for the online nomination form.

Program of Study text/imageCOURSE SELECTION FOR 2022-23: COMING SOON!
Students planning to enroll at Walker, Buford and CHS in Fall 2022 will soon be choosing courses. Stay tuned for updates from your school. You can also read the approved Program of Studies for next year.

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Join the conversation about our division’s budget priorities for next year. This virtual meeting is Thursday, January 20, 7-8:30 pm. Click here to register.

Image of girl adjusting mask nosepiece from CDCFAQ FOR COVID SAFETY 
“How can I sign my child up for free COVID testing at school?”   |   “What kinds of masks work best?”   |   “When should my child stay home from school?”

More Looks at Cville Schools

Our principals are amazing! For Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week, join us in saying THANK YOU to our principals for their leadership during these unprecedented times. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to learn more about each educator’s service to our division.

Congratulations to Dr. Rosa Atkins, Virginia’s new Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction! Learn more.




CHS teacher Pam Brown is one of the Daily Progress’s “Distinguished Dozen.” Click here to read the story. 

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Follow along as City and Schools discuss Walker/Buford Redesign

Approved Concept Design for Middle School Serving Grades 6-8 at Buford
Approved Concept Design for Preschool at Walker

Brief Summary

Charlottesville City Council and the School Board have unanimously approved moving forward with the design process for a $75 reconfiguration plan that would renovate Buford Middle School to serve the City’s 6th- through 8th-graders and would also complete an light, initial renovation of Walker Upper Elementary School  as the first steps toward creating a modern city-wide preschool with wrap-around services. Fifth-graders would return to their neighborhood elementary Schools. The project would be the city’s first major investment in school buildings since the building of Charlottesville High School in 1974.

Frequently Asked Questions About this  School Redesign Project

How? Why? When?

First check out the most recent reporting:

Curious about the updated schedule and which cohorts of students would be impacted?

More Questions?

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Need a Brief Update about Charlottesville City Schools Facilities?

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Facilities: A Brief Update (May 2021)

Charlottesville City Schools and the City of Charlottesville are currently exploring design and funding options for a redesign of Buford Middle School and Walker Upper Elementary School.

Key Ideas

  • Buford would serve grades 6-8
  • Fifth-graders would return to their elementary schools
  • Walker could become a city-wide preschool center.

More Information/Reporting

Smaller Modernization Projects at the Elementary Schools

In addition, there has been a separate process for accomplishing modernization projects (with an annual budget of $1-1.25 million) at the elementary schools.

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School Board and City Council Give “Green Light” for Continued Work on Redesign (10/18/21)

Charlottesville City Council and the School Board have unanimously approved moving forward with the design process for a $75 reconfiguration plan that would renovate Buford Middle School to serve the City’s 6th- through 8th-graders and would also complete an light, initial renovation of Walker Upper Elementary School  as the first steps toward creating a modern city-wide preschool with wrap-around services. Fifth-graders would return to their neighborhood elementary Schools. The project would be the city’s first major investment in school buildings since the building of Charlottesville High School in 1974. See links and reporting at top of page.

illustration of progressSchool Board and City Council Find Common Ground in Joint Session (9/15/21)

The Charlottesville City School Board and City Council met to review the recommendation from the Community Design Team (based on the 9/14 meeting). There was general support for the phased project, with questions about how to fund it. Estimates for phase 1 (covering the renovation/expansion of Buford Middle School  to house grades 6-8, initial renovations of Walker for preK students, and furniture for fifth-grade students returning to elementary schools) came in at $75 million.

Seventh & Final Community Design Team Meeting picks Option 2 for Walker, Option 3 for Buford (9/14/21)

The CDT identified option 2 at Walker and option 3 at Buford as the preferred schemes to move forward for recommendation to the School Board and City Council. The following criteria were the most important when identifying what should be the selected scheme:

  • Thorough renovation of any buildings to remain
  • Square footage/student
  • Daylight & fresh air to classrooms
  • Easy access to outdoor space
  • Appropriately sized and defined learning communities

Want to see the options or learn more?

illustration of blueprint and architecture toolsSixth Community Design Team Meeting: Reviewing Possible Schemes to Get to YES (8/17/21)

At this meeting, Zoom participants explored new design schemes (for which cost estimates ae being prepared now). The group reviewed the pros/cons of the new schemes with the hope of building consensus toward a recommendation to City Council. Flip through the slides (video to come) to review the slides. Have an opinion? Take the survey! (survey  now closed)

illustration of people discussing moneyFifth Community Design Team Meeting: Report from Working Group about Focusing on Buford (8/3/21)

Between Zoom and the in-person meeting, nearly 60 attended this meeting, hearing a brief update from the Working Group (comprised of City/School staff and elected officials). The Working Group’s sense is that we are trying to spread the available funding too thin by developing both projects at once. Their guidance is to focus the first round of available funding (possibly $60 million) to accomplish the move of 6th grade to the renovated Buford campus and then create a longer term plan to renovate Walker for preK. The meeting also featured presentations about the latest research about middle schools, the value of outdoor play, and Buford students’ perspectives on the Buford garden learning spaces.

Icon of "start video"Fourth Community Design Team Meeting: Higher-Than-Hoped for Construction Estimates (July 20, 2021)

Again, about 50 people were on hand to brace for higher-than-hoped for construction estimates. Pandemic inflation has complicated an already-tight budget. Watch the meeting to explore options.

Icon of "start video"Third Community Design Team Meeting Gathered Site-Specific Feedback (July 6, 2021)

About 50 people cam to the most recent meeting and shared their voice about the “big rocks” they want to prioritize for either preschool or Walker.

Icon of "start video"Second Community Design Team Meeting Shows Possible “Site Fits” (June 15, 2021)

More than 50 people joined in to hear the latest as VMDO showed a number of possible building and construction plans to prepare for getting rough cost estimates.

Icon of "start video"VMDO Architects Holds First Community Design Team Meeting (June 3,  2021)

Nearly 70 people came together to start the process of dreaming and planning! Next meeting: June 15, 6pm!

Logo for VMDO ArchitectsCity Selects VMDO Architects to Develop Design Options for Buford/Walker (April  2021)

In April 2021, the City selected local educational architecture firm VMDO to gather community feedback and present design options for Buford Middle School (which would serve grades 6-8) and Walker School (which would become a preschool center). See “VMDO Architects selected to design city schools reconfiguration project” (Daily Progress, 4/4/21). The Request for Proposals for design options were initially posted in December 2019 and submissions were received by the end of January, but the pandemic raised other priorities.

Logo for City of CharlottesvilleCity Council Meets for Update on Walker/Buford Redesign (November 2020)

In November 2020, the City Council met for an update on the project. For an update, read “City Council considers funding for school reconfiguration project”  (Daily Progress, 11/20/20).

CCS color seal logo for faviconSchool Board Endorses Facilities Plan to Reconfigure Buford and Walker: February 11, 2019

As part of the budget planning process for the 2019-20 year, the Charlottesville School Board held discussions with Charlottesville City Council about school facilities, enrollment growth, and their implications for equity.

The School Board endorsed a school reconfiguration plan that would create a preschool center, return 5th-graders to elementary schools, and modernize Buford Middle School for grades 6-8.  The Charlottesville City Council  approved a $3 million allocation for design and planning work on school reconfiguration. (The funds would be outside the schools’ operating budget, as part of the CIP or Capital Improvement Project process.)

The over-arching ideas are:

  • Move the schools’ 3- and 4-year-old preschool classes to a dedicated preschool center on the current Walker Upper Elementary School campus. This specialized center would allow for additional classrooms, before/after school care, and services that are targeted to meet the needs of our youngest learners.
  • Return fifth-graders to elementary schools, the environment that is most developmentally appropriate for their needs. This will required continued monitoring of the enrollment capacity of our elementary schools.
  • Remodel Buford Middle School to maximize opportunities for grades 6-8. This will eliminate one of the two middle-grade transitions  that we current require as our students presently first move from elementary to Walker in grade 5 and again move from Walker to Buford in grade 7.
  • In addition to this process, the schools have received a five-year commitment of $1 million from City Council to support modernization projects. The first, completed in the summer of 2018, was at Clark Elementary. The second will be completed at Jackson-Via Elementary in the summer of 2019.

To learn more about the process that led to these decisions, scroll down for previous updates. As noted previously, the timeline for planning and modernizing schools would be at least three years.

PREVIOUS UPDATE:  April 25, 2018

This winter, Charlottesville City Schools held a series of discussions relating to our rising student enrollment. We presented a number of options and offered a preliminary survey to solicit additional input. We also briefed community leaders such as City Council and the Planning Commission.

What We Heard

  • We heard strong support for returning to centralized preschool with services that focus on the needs of our eligible three- and four-year-old students (and their families). Aside from allowing us to specialize in early childhood education, a centralized preschool would free up space in our crowded elementary schools.
  • We heard a preference for maintaining our commitment to small neighborhood elementary schools (over a model of enlarging three of our elementary schools). This would likely require the construction of a seventh elementary school on currently owned or future-acquired property.
  • We did NOT hear a consensus about relocating fifth-graders to the elementary schools. However, returning fifth-grade to elementary schools had previously arisen as a strong preference in prior community surveys and meetings. This would require a preschool center and the remodeling of Buford for 6th- through 8th-graders. Elementary capacity would still need to be addressed.
  • We heard an interest in additional options. These options include a 5-8 campus that provides updated facilities and eliminates a school transition during the critical “middle grade” years. Another option is creating a specialty academy to serve students in the elementary or middle-grade years.
  • We heard interest in combining our capacity needs and our modernization needs. If we can identify solutions that both expand capacity and modernize our facilities, there is support for a greater investment that would provide our community with a bigger return.
  • We heard support for our out-of-division student program even as we heard reminders that we should minimize the impact of the program on overcrowding. In other words, we will continue to strive to admit only those students who will fill otherwise unused seats in existing classrooms. Relatedly, we heard support for continuing to offer spaces to the children of employees of the City Schools and the City. And we heard from community members who want to make sure that once we have built a relationship with a nonresident student, we should view that child as a “Charlottesville student,” or “one of our own,” not as an outsider who should be sent away.

Next Steps

  • New data points in August. Updated enrollment figures will help us make informed decisions. This data will help us critically re-evaluate and tweak our interpretation of enrollment trends as projected by our partner, U.Va.’s Weldon Cooper Center.
  • Learning cottages. The “elementary wave” we’ve been seeing continues to max out our elementary schools and is beginning to make an impact at Walker and Buford. We have purchased one additional unit for next year with the option to buy others if needed. We have also completed the most time-consuming part of the planning process: site studies at campuses to identify the best placements.
  • Fleshing out options and responding to opportunities. In response to community feedback (see above), we can continue to explore our options and opportunities. In doing this work, we continue to work with VMDO Architects and the City’s Facilities team.
  • Fall community meetings. We will meet with City Council, community partners, and the community-at-large to be transparent and responsive to the hopes and concerns of all.

Previous Updates to this page (January 2018)

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.

Back-to-School Conversations About COVID Safety

Charlottesville City Schools hosted the first of a series of conversations about creating COVID-safe schools on Sunday, August 22, via Zoom and Facebook, discussing how the division is creating an in-person learning environment that prioritizes the safety of students, staff, and community.  

COVID safety in our schools “takes a village.” During this event we walked through safety practices and answered questions on topics such as:

  • A typical day at school, discussing how staff and students will weave COVID safety into everything from the bus ride to the classroom, from mealtime to recess. 
  • Systems-level updates we’ve made such as ventilation and cleaning procedures
  • How families can support COVID safety by talking with children about the importance of masks, doing daily symptom checks, and keeping children home according to guidelines.
  • How the division and families will respond to positive reports of COVID in a school, including our collaboration with the Blue Ridge Health Department to do contact tracing and quarantine unvaccinated people who have been directly exposed.
  • Additional COVID safety ideas in the works, such as the possibility of regular grouped COVID testing.

Speakers included CCS Board Chair Lisa Larson-Torres; Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Kim Powell; and Acting Director of Human Resources and Student Services Dr. Beth Baptist. Charlene Green, Deputy Director of the Piedmont Housing Alliance and a local leader in equity and civic engagement, moderated. 

This event was conducted in English. A recording is now available on the CCS YouTube channel, which allows community members to access subtitles in their preferred language.

Up-to-date information about the division’s COVID safety plans are also available on our website by clicking here.

Bethany Crawley

Three Charlottesville Elementary School Teachers Win Shannon Grants

Teachers at Burnley-Moran, Greenbrier and Johnson elementaries are the recipients of grants to fund innovative, hands-on learning opportunities for children in the 2021-22 school year. 

The recipients are:

  • Bethany Crawley
    Bethany Crawley

    Bethany Crawley, Johnson Elementary, $750 for “Diverse Book Clubs”: Fourth graders feel safe, valued, and heard as they participate in monthly book clubs to explore the vibrant mix of cultures, languages, religions, backgrounds, families, personalities, and abilities that make up their diverse community.

  • Joan Evans, Burnley-Moran Elementary School, $676 for “Children, Children What Do You See?”: Five-and six-year-olds gain experience and confidence exploring the walking trail around their school as they use binoculars to recognize, analyze, and record the nesting activity of bluebirds along the Bluebird Trail.
  • Teresa Seto, Greenbrier Elementary, $379 for “Make It Simple”: Third grade students perform
    Teresa Seto
    Teresa Seto

    activities, design experiments, and test hypotheses using five simple machines and a spring scale to see and understand the effect of distance and force on work.

These competitive grants are awarded annually by the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education: Charlottesville/Albemarle. According to their website, “Shannon Grants are designed to add an extra measure of excellence to our local classrooms. They supplement—but in no way replace—public funding for our local schools.” The awarded projects support “the kind of learning experiences that stay with children for a lifetime.”

Schools Earn State Honors for Healthy Meals During Pandemic

The CCS Nutrition Department provided healthy bagged lunches for students during virtual learning. Photo by Erin Edgerton / Daily Progress

Charlottesville City Schools received top honors this week in a statewide competition recognizing school divisions that address childhood hunger and provide “healthier, more nutritious school meals.”

The 2021 Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) Food for Thought Competition named Charlottesville City Schools the winner of the Healthy School Meals category for divisions of 10,000 pupils or less.

The award honored the school division’s recent efforts, which include a commitment to purchasing local and cooking from scratch when possible. A partnership with the nonprofit Cultivate Charlottesville has been key, with outcomes such as the schools’ Harvest of the Month Program, youth-led outreach, and improved access to fresh meals. VSBA also recognized how the division adapted to serve meals during the pandemic via serving stations and bus routes throughout the community, services which continued for virtual students even after the schools reopened in the spring.

Carlton Jones, Coordinator of Nutrition for the city schools, accepted the award at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday. He highlighted the efforts of his team, including Sandra Vazquez, Coordinator of Nutrition, school nutrition managers and staff. He also thanked community partner Cultivate Charlottesville, the School Board, City Council and all school staff and volunteers.

“I want to thank the entire community for supporting us during this pandemic and during some of these tough times,” Jones said.

Acting superintendent Jim Henderson congratulated the department and its leaders, noting “The nutrition team’s work is foundational to our work teaching children. We thank you for your dedication, your flexibility, and your commitment.”

“The nutrition team’s work is foundational to our work teaching children. We thank you for your dedication, your flexibility, and your commitment.”

Immunizations by Grade Effective July 1st, 2021 Pre-K At least 1st dose: DTaP Polio HepA HepB MMR Varicella Hib Pneumococcal Rotavirus K Dtap x 4 (one dose after 4 yo) Polio x 4 (one dose after 4 yo) HepA x 2 HepB x 3 MMR x 2 Varicella x2 7th Tdap booster HPV x 2 (boys and girls) MenACWY 12th Men ACWY

New Required Immunizations for Kindergarten, 7th, and 12th Grade

Immunizations by Grade Effective July 1st, 2021 Pre-K At least 1st dose: DTaP Polio HepA HepB MMR Varicella Hib Pneumococcal Rotavirus K Dtap x 4 (one dose after 4 yo) Polio x 4 (one dose after 4 yo) HepA x 2 HepB x 3 MMR x 2 Varicella x2 7th Tdap booster HPV x 2 (boys and girls) MenACWY 12th Men ACWY

Virginia has put into place several new immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade this fall.

Unless otherwise noted, documentation of these vaccinations needs to be turned into the school nurse for attendance in the fall.

For rising 12th graders:

  • Now required: Second dose of meningococcal meningitis vaccination (MenACWY)

For rising 7th graders:

  • Now required: First dose of meningococcal meningitis vaccination (MenACWY)
  • Now required: First dose of HPV vaccine
    • Note: After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent’s or guardian’s sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.
  • As previously required: See graphic on this page, or Virginia Department of Health School and Daycare Immunization Requirements.

For rising kindergartners:

These changes impact only students entering the grades listed, not those entering other grades.

These changes are included in Virginia General Assembly House Bill 1090, starting July 1, 2021, which effectively requires Virginia’s immunization recommendations and requirements to coincide with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Click here for more information about immunizations.

Free COVID Vaccines Available for 12+

Remember, there are free walk-in COVID vaccination clinics for anyone age 12+. Find more information here!

student art of snowflakes

Closing Announcements: Customize Your Settings

student art of snowflakes
Art courtesy Anton, grade 4, Venable.

New this year for winter closing notifications: This year, all families will receive emails and calls at all times (including early morning) unless families customize their settings via PowerSchool. You can learn how to change your settings here (hint: the service we use is called School Messenger, and there’s a tab in PowerSchool).  If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, call your school (see list, below) or 245-2962.

For general information about how we announce our school closings, click here. A flyer was also sent home with students.

School Registrar Contact List and FAX NUMBERS

SAT 2019 all students graphic

CHS SAT scores continue to surpass state, national scores

Charlottesville High School ranked #7 among Virginia school divisions for average SAT score, continuing its history of surpassing state and national averages. 

“We’re delighted to see that our students continue to excel on this exam even during a season when the testing process and more have been disrupted,” noted Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement.

For the combined score, CHS students’ average rose from 2019 to 1156, which surpassed the state by 40 points and the nation by 105 points. In reading/writing, CHS’s average of 595 surpassed the state by 28 and the nation by 67. In math, CHS’s average of 561 surpassed Virginia by 12 and the US by 38.

SAT 2019 all students graphic

The SAT also publishes the percentage of seniors who have met or surpassed their college readiness benchmarks. Overall, the CHS percentage of college readiness (61 percent) exceeds state (55) and national (45) averages. 

When the data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity, areas for growth appear. Average scores for white students exceeded their state and national peers by 99 and 148 points, respectively. Similarly, multi-racial students were 73 points above the state average and 98 above the national. Black seniors attained the national average, but were 40 points below their state peers. Hispanic seniors at CHS exceeded the national average by 76 points and were 14 points below the state average. Due to small sample sizes, College Board did not release data for other groups.

SAT scores 2019 by race ethnicity
“We are proud to be among Virginia’s top performers on this test — but we want to eliminate race and ethnicity as indicators of success on this and other assessments,” noted Dr. King. “Even during this pandemic, we continue to keep equity as a priority.”

For the past two years, CHS has served as a pilot site for the SAT’s school-day assessment program. Principal Eric Irizarry noted that offering the test during school hours is one of the ways that the school is trying to increase access to the SAT.

In other rankings, Charlottesville City Schools was named #8 among Virginia school divisions by the web site The division earned an A or A+ in college preparation, diversity, and quality of teaching.

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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 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

Yearbook sales:

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

All ad spaces, yearbooks, and accessories can be purchased at

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