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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Fast Facts for the 2019-2020 School Year

City population: 48,019 (est. as of July 1, 2017, U.S. Census Bureau)
Student enrollment (K-12): 4,307 (Oct. 2019)
Out of division/ tuition students: 279

School facilities

6 elementary schools (preschool – grade 4)
1 upper elementary school ( grades 5 – 6)
1 middle school (grades 7 – 8)
1 high school (grades 9 – 12)

Average class-size/teacher

Preschool – 16:1
K – grade 4: 19 to 24:1
Grades 5 – 6: 19.5:1
Grades 7 – 8: 19.5:1
Grades 9 – 12: 20.5:1

Student body makeup

41.7% white
30.8% black
12.6% Hispanic/Latino
6.2% Asian/Pacific Islander/Hawaii
8.8% 2+ or other races


Percentage of CHS students taking at least one AP exam: 35%
Special education students: 14%
ESL students: 14%
Economically disadvantaged: 44%

Languages spoken: 51

For school-specific demographics, visit our equity page or the Virginia School Quality Profiles.


Teachers: 478
Other staff: 362

70% of teaching staff holds advanced degrees
Average years of experience: 11

For teacher and staff demographics, visit our equity page (under “Classroom,” click “Partnerships to Recruit/Support a Diverse Staff”).

Operating Budget

$84 million (FY 2019)

Per pupil expense
FY 2018 actual (includes capital expenses) $17,079

Academic Stats

2018 SAT data--CHS, VA, StateRank among Virginia school divisions: #8 (Niche)

On-time graduation rate: 95.7%
African-American students’ rate: 95.9%

CHS continues to surpass state and national SAT scores. (see chart, right).  According to 2018 College Board data, in reading/writing, CHS earned a score of 581; the state, 563; and the US, 529 .  In math, the scores were CHS, 569; Virginia, 547; and US, 520.

CHS offers more than 30 college-level courses (Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment).

67% of the AP exams taken by CHS students earned scores of 3 or higher, with 41% earning 4s and 5s.  More than one third of our high school students take at least one exam.


Other Programs

We offer preschool programs for eligible  3- and 4-year-olds to get all our students off to the right start in school.

All elementary students in grades K-4 take art, music, PE, Spanish, iSTEM, and classroom-based gifted activities (grades 1-4).

Our schools take advantage of the rich cultural resources in Charlottesville, including the University of Virginia, Monticello, the Paramount Theater, the Charlottesville and Richmond Ballets, and much, much more.

Through partnerships with City Schoolyard Garden, Wildrock, and others, we encourage outdoor play and learning.

Students can choose to earn a college associate’s degree while at Charlottesville High School — and other AP and dual enrollment opportunities abound.

Developed in collaboration with UVA and the Smithsonian Institution, a ground-breaking engineering curriculum has been developed at Buford Middle School and other area schools.

The Charlottesville High School Sigma Lab opened in 2014 and encourages coding and engineering across the curriculum.

Walker, Buford, and CHS have more than 90 clubs and activities.

CLASS after-school programs are open to all elementary students.