CLASS Program Information


The mission of the CLASS program is to create a safe, reliable, and caring learning environment for students and their families.

CLASSbutterflyCLASS began in 1976 when working parents of Jackson-Via Elementary School requested an after-school enrichment program from the Charlottesville City School Board. Over the next several years, CLASS expanded to all Charlottesville City elementary schools.  At Walker Upper Elementary School, CLASS complements the EDGE after-school clubs and offers a before-school enrichment program. In addition, additional programs are offered on some early-release or staff learning days. The program serves students in kindergarten through grade six.  For summer program, please see the City of Charlottesville’s Parks and Rec Camps.

CLASS staff are trained educators with a passion for expanding young minds. Activities are designed to engage each child’s mind, body, and creative spirit. Following semester-long themes such as “Creativity at Work” and “Caring for the Earth,” children explore a range of experiences, including drama, sports, science, cooking, music, arts, field trips, and games. Through the support and encouragement of staff, children learn to value their own individuality while recognizing and celebrating the uniqueness of others.

CLASSWalker_hulahoopsThe biggest endorsement of CLASS is the frequent comments from parents that indicate students often become so involved in CLASS activities that they are reluctant to leave at the end of the day!

General Program Questions:

CLASS Program Office, Venable Annex
416 13th Street NW
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-245-2501 or

For site-specific or other questions, see “Contact CLASS.”