Teacher and students in renovated Jackson-Via hallway

Modernization Project Video: New look, new learning at Jackson-Via after upgrades

When school reopened after winter break, Jackson-Via students and staff returned to find the finishing touches complete on their 2019 modernization projects.


*Video courtesy VMDO Architects in-house production/Asa Eslocker

The project included new paint throughout the building, daylighting for more natural light, new technology and furnishings, beautiful way-finding guides, and more. As with the 2018 work at Clark Elementary, fourth-graders saw the biggest impact in their spaces.

Designed by VMDO Architects, the work is part of an annual appropriation of $1-1.25 million by the City of Charlottesville for modernization (in addition to annual maintenance of school facilities). Planning is underway for a 2020 project at Burnley-Moran.

For more details on the Jackson-Via improvements, visit  the VMDO Architects project web page here.

In addition, the City has also allocated $3 million for planning and design work for Buford Middle School and Walker Upper Elementary as part of a reconfiguration plan to move 6th-graders to Buford, return 5th-graders to the elementary schools, and place preschoolers at an early learning center on the site of Walker.