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Online Registration for New Students in 2017-18

Para leer este sitio web en español, indica "Translate" (traducir) en la parte por encima de la página y escoja Spanish.Thanks your interest in online registration for Charlottesville City Schools. After you complete this form, you still need to visit the school with documents during Kindergarten Open House on April 20, 3:30-6pm.

Use this form if:

  • Your child will begin attending our schools in August 2017
  • Your child has not previously attended Charlottesville City Schools (including preschool)


Questions about Registering in Charlottesville City Schools?

  • Call your school or 245-2962.
  • Si tiene preguntas acerca de las escuelas de Charlottesville, llame a nuestra línea telefónica en español al 434-245-2548.
  • Visit our “registration” page.

Questions about Using InfoSnap (PowerSchool Registration)?

  • Call Toll Free 1-866-752-6850 (Monday-Friday 9 A.M. – 6 P.M. Eastern)* (English only) or
  • Visit the InfoSnap Help Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) (English & español) or
  • Submit a support request (Response next business day) (English & español)
Kids College at CATEC button

Kids College @ CATEC

PVCC CATECSTEM & Hands-on Fun for Rising 7-10th Graders, June 19-30

New this summer! Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.

 Who?  Rising 7th-10th graders
 Dates:  June 19-23 (session 1)  June 26-30 (session 2)
 Times:  AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm  PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm
 Where:  CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road
 Cost:  $135 (scholarships available)
 More info:  Click here
 Registration link:  Click here (pick “Kids College”)



  • Cooking Breakfast For Mom (or Dad!)
  • Make and Decorate Amazing Cupcakes
  • 101 Ways to Cook Eggs
  • How to Make Delicious Cookies and Quick Breads


  • Firefighting: All the Basics
  • Firefighting Scenarios: What Would YOU Do?


  • Costmetology Basics: Hair, Skin, and Nails

Career Ready

  • Getting Job-ready in One Week!
  • Biz Kid$ Money Matters


  • Intro to Engineering & Design Projects
  • Intro to Unity Game Engine & Programming
  • 3D Terrain Exploration


  • Creative Makeovers: Refinish & Redesign

Yearbook and Prom 2017

The school year will be over before you know it! It’s time to buy your yearbook and get your prom tickets!


For a limited time yearbooks and yearbook ads can be purchased online directly from Balfour.

For $80, payable by check to CHS or cash, yearbooks can also be ordered by seeing the CHS bookkeeper in the main office.  All yearbook inquiries can be emailed to


CHS_prom2016_IMG_3754WHAT:  CHS Prom  “A Knight in Nature”

WHEN: Saturday, April 29th from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 WHERE: Carver Recreation Center, 233 4th St NW, Downtown Charlottesville

 COST OF TICKETS: $10 per ticket; Photo id is required of all participants for entry.

 HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Tickets will be on sale from Monday, April 17 to Thursday, April 27.  Only CHS students can purchase tickets.  CHS students are only permitted to bring one guest.


All CHS students bringing a guest who is not enrolled at CHS are required to fill out a guest form.  If CHS does not receive the completed guest form by Thursday, April 27, that guest will not be allowed into the prom venue.

students in caps and gowns after graduation

Graduation 2017

students in caps and gowns after graduationGraduation will be Thursday, June 8, and it’ll be here before you know it! It’s time to order your cap and gown.

If you haven’t done so already, you can still order your graduation cap and gown unit for only $50 by using this link directly to Josten’s.  Pricing may go up as time passes.  If you are concerned about meeting this graduation obligation, please contact your counselor.

  • Questions? Call 1.800.JOSTENS or CHS at 245.2410
  • Check back here for more graduation information to come
  • Link to Josten’s for other CHS senior gear, including graduation announcements

Save the date! Graduation will be Thursday, June 8 at 7pm at JPJ Arena.

Image of Susan Ermo, runner-up for the national adult education administrator of the year award from Coalition of Adult Basic Education

Susan Erno Honored as Runner-Up for U.S. Outstanding Adult Ed Administrator

Susan ErnoSusan Erno, the Director of Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE), was honored as national runner-up for outstanding administrator of the year by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE), an organization of 15,000+ professional adult educators.

The honor was announced just days before TJACE hosts its 21st Annual Voices of Adult Learners Celebration, a reading of works written by area adult learners. Held annually as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, the reading will be Thursday, March 23, from 6-8 p.m., at Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. It is free and open to the public, with a light reception at 5:30.

“We are so proud of Susan and her regional leadership and advocacy for our inspirational adult learners,” commented Charlottesville City Schools Superintendent Rosa Atkins. “Susan’s leadership not only benefits the City of Charlottesville, but also five surrounding counties. Our whole region should be appreciative of her leadership and inspired by the adult learners she serves.”

Press Release from COABE. Call 245-2962 for informationSince 1998, Erno has coordinated the adult education programs for Charlottesville City Schools, which in 2012 became the center of a regional network that also covers Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. In addition, she has served as the president for the Virginia Association for Adult and Career Education. For more information about her career and accomplishments, please see the release from COABE.

“I’m humbled to receive this award,” notes Erno. “It’s inspiring to work with so many talented adult educators in our area and across the nation. But quite honestly, the ones who deserve honor are our adult learners who model perseverance, who have overcome challenges, and who continue to learn and to strive for a better future. I invite the community to come on Thursday to celebrate them!”


Charlottesville City Schools Nationally Honored for Pioneering Use of Technology​

Digital-Schools-Award_smRanked #5 among Mid-Sized Divisions

Charlottesville City Schools has been nationally honored for integrating technology in support of innovative curriculum and improved student learning. The Center for Digital Education (CDE) ranked Charlottesville as top-10 winner (#5 among mid-sized divisions) in its 2016-17 Digital School Districts Survey Awards.

“We are proud to be recognized for our innovative work,” notes Dr. Rosa S. Atkins, Superintendent. “We know that the current and future marketplace will reward citizens who are adept in coding and other STEM skills. We are preparing our students for that future.”

Charlottesville City Schools takes an innovative approach to STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math). Charlottesville High School offers a wide array of STEM options, including every AP class in science, math, and computer science; a popular environmental science program; and a four-year, college-credit engineering program. Students can also earn professional IT credentials through a partnership with industry leader CISCO, based at CATEC (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center). The acclaimed engineering program at Buford Middle School is a partnership with the University of Virginia, the Smithsonian Institution, and Albemarle County and Fluvanna County Public Schools. This year, Charlottesville schools have developed and are piloting a hands-on iSTEM curriculum to make cross-curricular connections in classes such as art or history and to build foundational STEM skills beginning in the elementary schools.

All of this learning is supported by technology, whether in recently renovated science and engineering labs at Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School, or via the Chromebook computers distributed to all students in grades 3-12.

“Even more important than our labs, computers, and course offerings are the staff members and leaders that make it happen and their commitment to continued professional learning and innovation,” states Director of Technology Jeff Faust. “Charlottesville City Schools recently hosted our fifth annual Google Summit, which supports our own teachers as well as educators from across the state who want to provide their students the best of what technology can offer for learning history, math, English, or any subject. It’s that spirit of continuing education and innovation that serves our students best.”

The honor was announced at the March 25-27 National School Boards Association annual meeting in Denver. Click here for more details in the release from the CDE.



Fine Arts in March & April

March Performances and Key Dates for Charlottesville City Schools

Spring performance and exhibition season for Charlottesville City Schools begins in March. Come join us for one of these community events:

Artwork by Charlottesville High School 12th grade student, Patrick O'Shea
Art courtesy Patrick O’Shea ’17

Piedmont Council for the Arts Rising Stars Award Ceremony

March 3, 7-9pm, The Haven (112 Market St.)

  • CHS seniors Faith Brown (music — cello), Elliot Craft (theater), and Patrick O’Shea (visual arts) are among the honorees!
  • Piedmont Council for the Arts will assemble the area’s most talented high school artists, writers, and performers for the 20th annual Arthur C. Greene Rising Stars Awards Ceremony. For more information, contact the PCA at 971-2787.


violin-collagePainted Violins Auction to Support CHS Orchestra Trip to Ireland

March 3-17 on view at Studio IX (and online)

  • Support our world-acclaimed musicians as they represent us this summer in Ireland!
  • Fourteen area artists have donated hand-painted violins to support the students
  • From March 3-17, the works can be viewed at Studio IX in the IX Building (969 2nd St. SE; gallery hours M-F 8am-5pm / Sat 9am-3pm)
  • To see photos online or bid, check out or

Flyer for Art Connections exhibition, Mary 20-29. For details, call 245-2671.Art Connections 2017

March 20-29, CHS Small Gym

  • Art Connections is the annual exhibition of K-12 artwork by students at all Charlottesville City Schools.
  • Open weekdays from 9am-3:30pm in the CHS Small Gym
  • “Saturday Celebration” on March 25 from 10am-2pm with hands-on activities and the award-winning Walker Jazz Band!
  • “Open House” on Wednesday, March 29, from 4-6:30pm, just prior to “All-City Choir Festival” (see below)
  • For more information, contact Aaron Eichorst, 245-2671


Flyer for All-City Choral Festival 3/29 at 7pm. For details, call 245-2671.All-City Choral Festival

March 29, 7pm, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center

  • Choirs from all schools will join for this special performance
  • For more information, contact Aaron Eichorst, 245-2671


Teacher Workday & Spring Break, March 31- April 7


Raisin in the Sun PosterA Raisin in the Sun

Theatre CHS, April 13-14, 7pm, Black Box Theatre at CHS

  • Tickets $10 adult/$5 student (available at
  • More info: David Becker at 245-2410


CHS Choir Spring Concert

April 26, MLKPAC, 7pm

Walker Orchestra Spring Concert

April 27, Walker Auditorium, 7pm

  • Come hear Dr. Sibert’s farewell concert to thank her for her many award-winning years of service!

CHS combined choir and Walker orchestra students


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:

  • November 18
  • December 2
  • January 13
  • February 3
  • March 10
  • April 14

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.