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CHS Summer Academy Bus Information

School BusThis information is for students enrolled in CHS Summer Academy for credit replacement. Please use the bus that is most convenient for you.

Looking for other opportunities? It’s not too late to check out our Summer Opportunities blog for area programs for students of all ages.

7:06 am (stop) 1ST ST S @ LANKFORD AVE
7:08 am (stop) 5TH ST SW @ BAILEY RD
7:09 am (stop) 5TH ST SW @ CLEVELAND AVE
7:10 am (stop) HARRIS RD @ MOSELEY DR
7:24 am (stop) ROSE HILL DR @ HENRY AVE
7:29 am DEST CHS

7:06 am (stop) AVON ST @ BLENHEIM AVE
7:07 am (stop) AVON ST @ HINTON AVE
7:09 am (stop) CARLTON RD @ HAMPTON ST
7:14 am (stop) CHESAPEAKE ST @ 18TH ST NE
7:16 am (stop) MEADE AVE @ LITTLE HIGH ST
7:18 am (stop) LOCUST AVE @ HAZEL ST
7:22 am (stop) RIVER RD @ RIVER CT
7:23 am (stop) LOCUST AVE @ CALHOUN ST
7:29 am DEST CHS

7:00 am START 10TH ST NW @ PAGE ST
7:02 am (stop) PRESTON AVE @ CABELL AVE
7:04 am (stop) RUGBY RD @ GENTRY LN
7:07 am (stop) HYDRAULIC RD @ MICHIE DR
7:12 am (stop) RICKY RD @ WAYNE AVE
7:17 am (stop) GREENBRIER DR No Intersection
7:30 am DEST CHS

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Sign up for YMCA After School

YMCA logoDear Charlottesville City Schools families,

Registration is now open for the YMCA After School Program in Charlottesville City Schools (formerly the CLASS program) for the 2022-23 school year! For more information about the program and to make a reservation for your child(ren), please visit:

The program serves students in kindergarten through grade 6 on our school campuses, beginning at school dismissal and ending at 6pm. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to reserve a spot online as soon as possible to guarantee placement in the program. In early summer, the YMCA will contact participants who have reservations in order to fill out paperwork and complete their registration.

We are pleased to partner with the YMCA on this important program. If you have questions about the YMCA After School Program, please contact Bonita Patton at

Graduation 2022: Photos and Video

Thanks to all who made graduation on June 9 at the Ting Pavilion such a success!

Free Graduation Photos

Above are a sample of photographer Erin Edgerton’s photos from graduation. Click HERE for FREE DOWNLOADS of all of Erin Edgerton’s professional graduation photos (you may need to enter your name and email address to see the photos, but they are free!).

Watch Graduation

Poster congratulating the CHS class of 2022 including portaits of current seniors and the info 7pm, June 9, 2022, Ting Pavilion.

Media Coverage of Graduation


School-Based COVID Testing

Summer 2022 Free COVID Testing

Opportunity to Participate in Free In-School COVID-19 Screening Testing

Charlottesville City Schools is pleased to partner with the state to offer a free, in-school COVID testing program this summer:

  • Wednesdays from 1-2pm at Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School
  • June 22-August 10
  • Open for CCS students and staff (and staff immediate household members)
  • If you expect to test regularly, register here for summer testing so we’ll have pre-printed labels on hand. (Sign up again even if you tested during the school year.)
  • Cville Schools students and staff members can also walk-in and complete forms on site (staff members’ household members will also need to complete this registration form to confim that results will be reported to Cville Schools).

Sign Up Here!

How and When Will I Get Results?

Results will usually come back within 24 hour and are reported directly to the Virginia Department of Health and Charlottesville City Schools. Anyone who tests positive will be notified by phone call. After any positive cases are notified, we will post an update to this page saying “If you tested on [DATE] and haven’t been notified that you were positive, then you were NEGATIVE.”

What if I Need Proof of My Negative Test?

If you need proof of your negative test, please call 245-2400.

Need Extended Hours? Need More Family Members Tested?

If people need extended hours or if CHS students’ families need to be tested, they can go later in the day to Fashion Square Mall (or other days at BRHD testing sites). Find free testing opportunities from the Blue Ridge Health District here.

Back-to-School Testing Events

Stay tuned for events in August!


More Information

  • Thanks to our partners on this project, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Health, and Next Molecular. And thanks to our other partners – our students, families, and staff!


illustration of linguistic charactersTranslation Traducción ترجمة Tafsiri अनुवाद ترجمه

Translators and interpreters are available. Our web site and the sign-up form can be translated with Google. Call or email your school for help. You can also text 434-953-1802.

Si tiene preguntas acerca de las escuelas de Charlottesville, llame a nuestra línea telefónica en español al 434-245-2548. Un profesor de español le devolverá la llamada. 



Share Your Feedback about Next CHS Principal

Dear CHS staff and families –

I’m writing with an update about the hiring of the next principal for CHS. Dr. I leaves big shoes to fill, but we will work together to find the right person.

The position opened last week, and we already have the basis for a strong pool of candidates. Soon, we hope to convene an interview committee that includes staff and family representatives.

Please complete this short survey about your priorities and hopes for the next principal. These responses will guide the work of this committee. In addition, as part of the survey, you can express your willingness to be part of the interview committee.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this transitional time!

Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.

Dr. Eric Irizarry by Billy Jean Louis for Charlottesville Tomorrow




Dear Black Knights staff and families,

I’m writing with mixed feelings to let you know that I have accepted a division-level opportunity at another school division, and I’ll be leaving CHS at the end of the month. Since I arrived in 2016, I have been so inspired by the students, staff, families, and community that make up Charlottesville High School. My time at CHS has been marked by many challenges – from the neo-Nazi rallies in 2016 to the COVID pandemic starting in 2020 – but each of of these moments has pushed us all to deepen our relationships and strengthen our commitment to doing better. These challenges have made the victories so much sweeter.

A few favorite memories:

  • Last week’s graduation (every graduation, really, even the “victory lap” celebration during the height of the pandemic)
  • Seeing our graduation rates rise to an all-time high of 96.4% with every racial, ethnic, and learning group in the 90s or higher
  • Working with passionate, informed, and action-oriented students
  • Working with passionate, informed, and action-oriented staff
  • Celebrating excellence in areas as diverse as the fine arts, urban farming, engineering, social-emotional supports, and athletics
  • Working together to advance equity in instruction, grading, school culture, and so much more, knowing that these efforts benefit every single member of our community.

I could go on. I am so honored to have been your principal, and so proud of each and every student and staff member for the effort and growth that I’ve seen. Thank you for all the partnership and support over these six years.

I am excited for my new opportunity – and I’m also excited for the future of Charlottesville High School. I leave a truly talented administrative team in place at the school, and Charlottesville City Schools is fortunate to have Dr. Gurley at the helm. The future of CHS is bright – Go Black Knights!

Dr. Eric Irizarry

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Elementary Families Year-End Survey

Charlottesville City Schools would appreciate your feedback on the following short survey in an effort to improve our elementary  parental involvement programs, especially during this challenging year. Please know that participants remain anonymous so feel free to share.

Complete Survey Now

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We appreciate you sharing your perspective with us!

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Statement from Dr. Gurley and School Board in Response to Shootings in Uvalde, Texas

With broken hearts, we are writing in response to the senseless gun violence and tragic deaths today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our hearts go out to the students, families, staff, and community members.

This message is in many ways a painful repetition of what we have said in response to earlier shootings across our country, including ten days ago at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo and at schools such as Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida or Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

What Will We Do?

Our first priority tonight is to equip you and our own staff to care for our students and ourselves. See below for resources.

As always, our ongoing top priority in Charlottesville City Schools is to make sure that we are doing all we can to keep our own schools safe. Our work in school security has been shaped by one of the nation’s top experts. Safety work is a continuous effort, as evidenced by recent expansion of mental health staffing and also investments in areas such as access point security and updated door locking systems.

Beyond our own schools, we recommit ourselves to doing everything we can to keep schools everywhere safe. In this work, we will be guided by the 2018 Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America and other similar recommendations from state and national education groups.

Though it doesn’t feel like it right now, we remind ourselves and you that schools remain one of the safest places for young people. Let us join together to make sure that the schools of tomorrow are even safer.

Dr. Royal A Gurley, Superintendent
Ms. Lisa Larson-Torres, Board Chair

Counseling and Discussion Resources for Staff and Families:

Back to School Bash 2022

Back to School Bash Flyer. Call 245-2400 for details.We are excited about this year’s Back to School Bash!  This year’s family-fun celebration will be tons of fun as we enjoy lots of music, games and activities.  It is also an opportunity to make sure that all students have the supplies they need for learning.  The event will be held on:

Saturday, August 20, 2022
10 am-12 noon
Downtown Ting Pavilion, Charlottesville
NEW THIS YEAR: No registration required! Supplies will be provided for all who need. 

We look forward to seeing you in August!

Want to support the Back to School Bash? 

Or Find updates and the link to donate at the Back-to-School Bash Facebook page.

Thanks to our partners:

  • African-American Pastors Council
  • City of Charlottesville
  • Albemarle County Public Schools

Reminder: Re-Register Your Child for School

Don’t forget to re-register your child for school.

  1. Log into PowerSchool
  2. Select your (first) child and click re-registration on the left-hand menu
    1. On a phone, you might need to click a black triangle in the top left to show the menu.
  3. Confirm the child’s birthday and update your information.
  4. Repeat this process for each child in your family. You can “import” the first child’s answers to save time.
  5. Need help? Visit this page or call your school! CCS staff will also be on hand to help with re-registration at the Back to School Bash.

Response to Shootings in Buffalo from the School Board and Superintendent

May 15, 2022

Dear staff and families–

We are writing to condemn the racist violence in Buffalo and extend sympathy to all who were directly impacted by the shootings. However, the sad reality is that all of us are impacted, especially our Black students, staff, and families.

Our nation has seen too much gun violence and too many manifestations of white supremacy. These tragedies have targeted not only Black people, but Asians, Jews, and many others. As we approach the five-year mark of the neo-Nazi rallies in our own community, we are all too aware of the lasting impact of hate and violence.

However, our experiences have also taught us about the power of resistance, resilience, and community. Let us redouble these efforts toward hope for the sake of our children.

For staff and families, we have attached resources below with ways to take care of ourselves and our children. 

As a Board and administration, we renew our commitment to promoting safety, wellbeing, and equity. 

Take care. Please know that tomorrow – and every day – we will do our best to take care of our children.

Dr. Royal A Gurley, Superintendent
Ms. Lisa Larson-Torres, Board Chair

Counseling and Discussion Resources for Staff and Families:


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CHS SOL Information and Schedules May 2023

Virginia SOL logoDear CHS Families,

As you know, we have SOL testing next week (Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20). On those days, we will be operating on a modified schedule. In this message, I have attached the schedule for the week. The schedule has also been posted in Canvas for your students.

It is very important that you and your student review the schedule and are aware of your student’s testing days and times. At the high school level, passing the SOLs is needed for graduation. If you have any questions regarding the SOLs, please reach out to your student’s counselor. It is also important that students attend school during this week even if they do not have an SOL during this time – they will receive the necessary instruction and review materials for the SOLs and end-of-year assessments.  

SOLs will begin at 9:05, and students should arrive no later than 9:05 in order to take their SOLs. 

If your child is scheduled to take an SOL Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20:
Students that have an SOL on a particular day should take their regularly scheduled bus to CHS.  SOLs begin at 9:05 promptly. If your student drives, walks, or is driven to school and is taking an SOL, they need to arrive by 9:05. 

If your child is NOT scheduled to take an SOL Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20:
If a student is NOT taking an SOL on a particular day, then they should ride the second morning bus route which will be on an approximate 2-Hour delay (see next section). School will begin at 11:35 am and follow the schedule linked below. 

Bus Routes/Times for Second Morning Run:
Times and locations can be found using this link: Second Morning Run Bus Times and Locations

SOL Schedule for Families:
Again, check this schedule carefully. On days when students are scheduled to take an SOL test, they take their regular bus and arrive at the regular time. On days when students are not scheduled to take an SOL test, they take the second bus and arrive in time for an 11:35 start to classes. 

Routines for Week of 5/23-20:
SOLs will continue on Tuesday 5/24 – Friday 5/20 for a smaller number of students, but please note that during this second week of testing ALL students will arrive at the normal 9:05 am time. Testers will go to the small gym, and all other students will have a normal bell schedule. 

If you have any questions, please contact the main office or your student’s counselor.