About Jackson-Via Elementary
Promoting kindness and community as we learn together
Jackson-Via, which serves preschool through grade 4, is known for its welcoming atmosphere and nurturing culture. With a motto of “excellence, every day,” we focus on meeting the needs of each individual student. For more about Jackson-Via’s mission and beliefs, click here.
To promote community, Jackson-Via places students in grades 2-4 into “houses” that represent the four sister cities of Charlottesville. The houses have meetings and activities that promote relationships, character development, service, and leadership.
Another distinctive at Jackson-Via is using the arts to promote kindness and inclusion. Older students sing and dance with the “Bully-Nots,” while the “First Friends” use their talents to lay a foundation for kindness. The school also promotes community by providing special programs for its Spanish-speaking families.
Like all Charlottesville elementary schools, Jackson-Via has a beautiful City Schoolyard Garden that serves as an outdoor classroom. The school meets the needs of all its students, including gifted children in the school’s Quest program. 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.
Jackson-Via‘s special education department is home to the city‘s elementary programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The professionals and support staff specialize in the use of assistive technology, sensory processing challenges, total communication, as well as augmentative and alternative communication — and believe that every child can learn, no matter what challenges they face.
Jackson-Via School History
Jackson-Via Elementary School was named for two Charlottesville educator-leaders: Nannie Cox Jackson and Betty Davis Via. The school opened in name in 1969, though during the first year, students were housed at Clark and Johnson Elementaries. In 1970, the new building was ready for students.
The Jackson-Via PTO is a supportive component of the school, and includes all parents, guardians, and staff as members. Together the school and PTO host monthly family nights, featuring student performances, exploration of instructional technology, cultural celebrations, and many others. Childcare is always provided for evening meetings.
Meet Your Administrators
Dr. Tracie Daniels has been principal at Jackson-Via since 2011. She has worked at Jackson-Via since 2005, first as a teacher and then the assistant principal. Prior to her work at Jackson-Via, she taught for seven years in Louisa County. Dr. Daniels has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mary Baldwin College, a master’s degree in teaching from George Mason University, a master of divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and a doctorate from the Richard W. Riley School of Education at Walden University.
Cynthia Morris is assistant principal at Jackson-Via. Prior to joining Charlottesville City Schools, she had a long tenure as instructional coach and language arts teacher at Page County Public Schools with an educational background in literacy, special education, and administration.