About Clark Elementary School
A historic campus in the heart of the Belmont neighborhood
Located in the vibrant Belmont neighborhood, Clark Elementary is one of the oldest schools in Charlottesville. It serves students from preschool through fourth grade. With a mascot of a bee, Clark School embraces the “five bees”:
- Be Kind
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be a Thinker
Clark students are active and engaged. To build community, Clark students and staff have a monthly school-wide morning meeting to recognize student achievements, share projects, and celebrate accomplishments. In addition, in 2016-17, Clark began holding student-led conferences so students could discuss their learning goals and progress with their teachers and families. Like all Charlottesville elementary schools, Clark has a beautiful City Schoolyard Garden that serves as an outdoor classroom. The school meets the needs of all its students. All Charlottesville City Schools have a strong commitment to the arts, embrace new technologies, and partner with area nonprofits and businesses to provide opportunities for our students.
History of Clark Elementary
Clark Elementary was built in 1931, making it one of the most established schools in Charlottesville. The school is named for George Rogers Clark, the American frontiersman and Revolutionary War general. (Clark’s younger brother William was half of “Lewis & Clark.”)
Meet Your Administrators
Mr. Marini begins as principal for the 2021-22 school year. He has served as assistant principal at Walker School since 2018. At Walker, Mr. Marini has been a leader in instruction, technology, innovation, and equity. His career experiences prepare him well in disciplines from language arts to science to special education. He has offered leadership in Walker’s systems of tiered supports for students, and has led programs in areas such as restorative justice and mediation. Above all, he has built lasting relationships with colleagues, families, and students. He has earned degrees and licensure from James Madison and the University of Virginia.
Juanita Eddy has served as an assistant principal or teacher at Clark School since 2011. Prior to that, she taught for 11 years in other divisions in Virginia. A graduate of Albemarle High School, she received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and continued to graduate school at Mary Baldwin College. She has completed additional graduate coursework through the University of Virginia.