What‘s Happening at CHS

Winter 2021: Pick and action! Do an Action!

Charlottesville City Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team are working together to reduce the energy and water footprint of all City schools.

Graphic with message, Reduce our Energy and Water Waste. Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.

In 2019,the School Board approved an Energy and Water Performance resolution, showing a commitment to achieving and maintaining high performing school facilities.

Continuing on past efforts, the City’s maintenance and development teams are specifying high efficiency building equipment, such as high-efficiency chillers and LED lighting, and are enhancing operational control through advanced building automation systems.

Charlottesville Schools and the City’s Energy and Water Management Team continue to investigate ways to accelerate the installation of high performance equipment throughout our schools.

The City is also working with each school to raise awareness about energy and water saving practices through education and outreach efforts that include distributing educational materials and providing tips and strategies that students and faculty can use to reduce the energy and water impact at our schools.

Each quarter a different theme emphasizes aspects of energy and water efficiency/conservation.

Winter 2021: Pick an Action! Do an Action!

Put your knowledge into action–pick an action that helps you save energy and water at home and at school!

We started off the school year strong with a new commitment to save energy and water. Now it is time to put your knowledge into action! The Energy and Water Management Program wants you to pick an action that helps you save energy and water and start to do it! Each time you do your action, you will help save more energy and water, and combined with all of your classmates, you all will have a positive impact helping Charlottesville be more sustainable! You can start small with just one action and work on repeating it each week or each day. Grow your action by getting your friends and family involved and see who can be the most consistent at doing your energy and water saving action! Together we will all have a big impact to save energy and water in Charlottesville.


  • Start off small: Pick a small action like turning lights off as you leave a room or turning the faucet off when scrubbing your hands with soap (or choose your own!).
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat: Do your energy and water saving action over and over again, each day!
  • Grow your action: Expand your action to save more energy and water by including your family!


Have questions about this program? Contact the City’s Energy and Water Management Team at EnergyWaterTeam@charlottesville.gov and learn more at charlottesville.gov/EnergyWater.

Learn more about other green initiatives at Charlottesville City Schools here.

Fall 2020: New school year, new commitment to save energy and water!

Whether we are at school or at home this fall, the City’s Energy and Water Management Team has some great tips to help us reduce our energy and water consumption.

Energy and water are essential resources we need to use everyday; however, they also require a lot of effort including money and hard work to make into electricity for our lights or clean, safe water to drink. In addition, the overuse of these resources can have bad impacts on our environment even here in Charlottesville.

So, let’s start the school year with a new commitment to save when we can by following some of these important tips and actions we learned last year.

If you see something, say something graphic. Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.Tips:

  • Only Use What You Need: Turn off the lights and faucet when you are done!
  • If You See Something, Say Something: Report a water leak or an open door to an adult.
  • Reduce Our Energy and Water Waste: Use a reusable water bottle and unplug electronics when not in use.


2019-20 Education and Outreach

Summer activity packet for upper level grades

Summer Quarter: This summer the Energy and Water Management Team wants you to take what you learned around how to save energy and water at school and apply it at home!

Let’s first focus on reducing our energy waste at home. This can look like turning the lights off when you leave a room, making sure you power down and unplug electronics when you are not using them, and making sure doors and windows aren’t left open when your home’s heating or air conditioning is running.

When you look at water, there are some easy ways we can reduce our water waste at home. Remember to always turn the water off when not in use (like while we are brushing our teeth), don’t forget to fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water when you are thirsty, and if you see dripping faucet or running toilet tell an adult to fix it! Plus, if you help your family with some gardening projects outside, look to the weather to do the watering work or collect rainwater to use for watering later.

This summer let’s all commit to saving energy and water. Take this pledge and start implementing these easy steps at home today!

This summer I pledge to be an energy and water saver at home!

  • I pledge to turn the lights off when I leave a room,
  • I pledge to power down and unplug electronics when I’m finished with them,
  • I pledge to close windows and doors when my home’s heating and cooling systems are on,
  • I pledge to turn the water off when not in use,
  • I pledge to use a reusable water bottle instead of a single-use plastic bottle,
  • I pledge to report water leaks as soon I see them,
  • I pledge to come back to school in the fall ready to keep saving energy and water!

You are now ready to be an energy and water saver! Together we can all have a huge impact at home and at school.

Activity Sheets for Grades K-4

Activity Sheets for Grades 5-12

Paper copies of the activity sheets were included with our summer meal distribution program. Copies can also be found in the main office of each school building, or you can contact the Energy and Water Management Team, at EnergyWaterTeam@Charlottesville.gov.

Energy and Water Management Program: Spring Quarter Poster image discusses reducing water and energy wasteSpring Quarter: Reducing our Energy and Water Waste

This spring the Energy and Water Management Team is back with more reminders to help us trim up our energy and water use!

Help our school reduce energy waste! Make sure outside doors close behind you and tell an adult if propped open. This will help keep our cooled and heated air inside our school rather than letting it escape through open doors to the outside!

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle along with you wherever you go! Fill it up from tap water, which comes from our rivers and is cleaned to make it safe and taste good. Before dumping out any left over water, think reusable by giving it to some plants that would happily enjoy that water.

Spring Quarter Tips:
1. Keep outside doors closed
2. Fill up your reusable water bottle with tap water
3. If you see a water leak or an open outside door, report it!

If we each reduce our energy and water waste at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits,together we can have a real impact.

Energy and Water Management Program Winter Quarter posterWinter Quarter: Understanding our Energy and Water Use

Did you know that the greenhouse gases produced from energy used at all 10 Charlottesville City Schools is equal to the greenhouse gases produced by 500 homes? We know our schools need resources to operate but what exactly uses energy and water in our schools every day?

We are asking students and faculty to try to identify what uses energy and water when you walk into your classroom each day. For energy, think about the overhead lighting, computers, electronics, and air conditioning/heating. For water, think about the water fountain in the hallway and sink in your classroom. What about at home?

There are also the items that aren’t as noticeable such as leaving your phone plugged in even when it’s fully charged or not paying attention to that dripping faucet. Even when a phone is plugged in and is fully charged, it still uses 2.24 watts of energy, and that slow drip…drip…drip of a faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year!

Let’s reduce our energy and water impact at school and at home by focusing on these easy habits we can do each day.

Winter Quarter Tips:

  • Turn the lights off when you leave a room.
  • Make an effort to unplug personal electronics.
  • Turn the water off when not in use.
  • If you see a water leak or hear a running toilet, report it!


water and energy management posterFall Quarter: The Value of Energy and Water

The energy and water that we use at home and in our school are typically provided using finite resources. In Virginia, fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are used to produce over 60% of the electricity that we use, with nuclear and renewables making up the rest. We also use natural gas directly to heat our school and to heat our water. The water we use is pumped from reservoirs fed by rivers and is treated before coming to our homes and school as clean, potable water.  Simply put, our demand for electricity, natural gas, and water (the amount we use) has a direct impact on these resources. We have a responsibility to manage what we use but we’re also empowered with the ability to make lasting change.

In many cases we use more than we need, so we already have simple opportunities to reduce our impact. The best place to start is just becoming aware of when and how we use energy and water throughout our typical day. As you do your normal activities, think about how long you leave your lights on, leave your phone plugged in, and leave the water running. Now think about how you can adjust your behaviors to trim that up a bit.  It’s a game of inches, not miles, and small changes add up to big savings.

Fall Quarter Tips:

  • Last one out? Flip the switch!
  • Turn the water off when not in use.


graphic for CHS Choirs winter concert and fundraiser

CHS Choirs present winter concert and fundraiser

graphic for CHS Choirs winter concert and fundraiserThe Choirs of Charlottesville High School invites you to a winter concert and fundraiser on Wednesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. via Zoom (see link below).

Please join us to enjoy the talents of our CHS student singers. Half of the proceeds raised will go to The Haven, a Charlottesville organization dedicated to ending homelessness in our community.

Zoom link:


Online Learning Tips

As we approach the end of the first quarter on November 6, we wanted to offer some tips and information for staying on top of online learning. (Thanks to our friends at William Monroe High School for sharing this list!)

  1. Time Management. It is important that students stay up to date with assignments.  Putting off work until later has a tendency to compound the problem and becomes overwhelming for students to catch up.  Using the weekly agenda to see assignments for the week has proven to be beneficial. Be on the look-out for more help and tips from CHS.

  2. Procrastination. Many students are “saving” the workload for one day and then realizing it’s too much. Virtual students should be spending 45 minutes per day per subject.  These timeframes are the minimum. Classes such as DE and AP may be more demanding.

  3. Teacher Emails. You can expect teachers to respond to your questions within 24 hours after you contact them Monday thru Friday.

  4. Grades. Official grades are stored in the Powerschool Parent Portal, which is now connecting properly with Canvas.  Families, if you do not have a login, please contact the front office for this information.  All students can log in with their user name (the first part of their email address) and password to monitor their current grades. While assignments can be viewed in Canvas, official grades are in PowerSchool.

  5. Attendance. Attendance is still being recorded and it is essential that your students are attending zoom meetings and completing work. Students need to log in to all their classes on  Fridays for their asynchronous work.  Please contact the front office with student absences daily.

Need to check in with a teacher? Email or send a Remind message.

Need Canvas help? Visit our Canvas page for information, videos, and more.

  • Note: on the calendar view in Canvas, students can see that completed assignments are crossed off, but the observer does not see the items get crossed off. For observers to see this information, click on the assignment. It will take you to a screen with submission details.

Graduates at the CHS Victory Lap

Charlottesville High School graduation rate again exceeds state at 94.5 percent

Specific Highlights Include Black Students and Students with Disabilities

Charlottesville High School’s 2020 on-time graduation rate remained high at 94.5 percent overall, surpassing the state’s rate of 92.3. This comes after a school-high graduation rate of 95.7 in 2019. Charlottesville has one of the state’s highest graduation rates among cities.

“We couldn’t be more proud,” notes Superintendent Dr. Rosa Atkins. “Among other things, it indicates that we were able to stay connected with our high school seniors this spring to help them finish their K-12 journey.”

Scenes from the 2020 CHS Graduation Victory Lap

The school’s rate tops the state’s averages in several categories, including for black students and students with disabilities. Charlottesville’s black students’ rate rose from their already-high 2019 figure (95.9) up to 96.7. This exceeds the school’s overall graduation rate by 2.2 points as well as the state’s average for black students (91.3) by 5.4 points. Similarly, the school’s already-strong rate for students with disabilities increased from 95.3 to 95.6, surpassing the school’s overall rate by 1.1 points and their state peers’ rate by 5.2 points. The school’s drop-out rate stayed low at 2.6 percent, compared to the state average of 5.1 percent.

The school’s percentage of students earning advanced diplomas was just above state averages overall (51.9 vs 51.8). This rate improved for certain groups — for instance, the percentage of Charlottesville’s black students who earned the advanced diploma rose 6.4 points, rising from 25.5 in 2019 to 31.9. Virginia’s rate is 36.4.

The graduation rate for Hispanic students fell to 77.1, and Asian students fell to 78.6. The small number of students in each of these categories (35 and 14 students, respectively) makes these groups’ percentages subject to swings.  There is also significant overlap in these two groups with Charlottesville’s ESL students, who also saw their rate decline to 69 percent. Multi-racial students’ rate declined slightly to 91.3. On the plus side, Charlottesville’s economically disadvantaged students again outperformed the state’s (92.6 vs 89.1).

“We are so proud of the Class of 2020. They showed resilience in the face of challenges such as the schools’ closure this spring,” noted CHS Principal Eric Irizarry. “Our teachers, counselors, and staff stayed with them even during the closure, and we found great new ways to celebrate their graduation. That class taught us a lot, which we will use to help this year’s seniors.”

The cohort’s graduation rates complement their strong performance on the SAT. For the combined score, CHS students’ average rose to 1156, which surpassed the state by 40 points and the nation by 105 points. In reading/writing, CHS’s average of 595 surpassed the state by 28 and the nation by 67. In math, CHS’s average of 561 surpassed Virginia by 12 and the US by 38.


illustration of scholarship (grad cap and dollar sign)

College Scholarship Information

illustration of scholarship (grad cap and dollar sign)This page contains a link to current scholarship information related to Charlottesville High School, with deadlines occurring throughout the school year. For questions and additional information about planning for college, visit the Charlottesville High School Counseling website.

This page may also be found by checking the “CHS Quick Links” menu.

College Day virtual workshop flyer page 1

CHS College Counseling offers Virtual College Day event and Live with Counselors webinar

College Day virtual workshop flyer page 1
Click on image for printable PDF.

The Charlottesville High School Counseling Department has two upcoming events for interested students and their families: Virtual College Day and a Life After High School workshop.

The CHS Counseling Team and the Virginia College Advising Corps will host Virtual College Day on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The event will offer information about the college planning process and resources for students and families.

Register in advance for the Virtual College Day using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

All students, parents, and CCS staff are welcome to attend. Students are required to attend the welcome session at 10am, but can then choose from there which sessions they’d prefer to watch. Please see schedule below and flyers for more registration details.

College Day flyer page 2
Click on image for printable PDF.

Virtual College Day Schedule:

10-10:30: Opening Session: The Importance of College
10:30-11:30: University and Community College Panel
11:30-12:00: Lunch
12:00-12:30: HBCU Information Session
12:30-1: PVCC Information Session
1-2: How to Navigate FAFSA & Scholarships
2-3: College Essay Writing Workshop
3-4: Parent Workshop: College Day Summary and How to Support Your Student



Additionally, students are invited to join the CHS school counseling team for
a Life After High School workshop with the CHS school counselors. There are two opportunities to attend this virtual workshop on either September 29 from 10-11am or September 30 from 10-11am. Topics will include the college application process and other post-secondary opportunities.

Please register in advance for the live counselor workshops using this link.

flyer screenshot of Live with your CHS Counselors workshop
Click image for printable PDF.
SAT 2019 all students graphic

CHS SAT scores continue to surpass state, national scores

Charlottesville High School ranked #7 among Virginia school divisions for average SAT score, continuing its history of surpassing state and national averages. 

“We’re delighted to see that our students continue to excel on this exam even during a season when the testing process and more have been disrupted,” noted Dr. Kendra King, Director of Student Services and Achievement.

For the combined score, CHS students’ average rose from 2019 to 1156, which surpassed the state by 40 points and the nation by 105 points. In reading/writing, CHS’s average of 595 surpassed the state by 28 and the nation by 67. In math, CHS’s average of 561 surpassed Virginia by 12 and the US by 38.

SAT 2019 all students graphic

The SAT also publishes the percentage of seniors who have met or surpassed their college readiness benchmarks. Overall, the CHS percentage of college readiness (61 percent) exceeds state (55) and national (45) averages. 

When the data is disaggregated by race and ethnicity, areas for growth appear. Average scores for white students exceeded their state and national peers by 99 and 148 points, respectively. Similarly, multi-racial students were 73 points above the state average and 98 above the national. Black seniors attained the national average, but were 40 points below their state peers. Hispanic seniors at CHS exceeded the national average by 76 points and were 14 points below the state average. Due to small sample sizes, College Board did not release data for other groups.

SAT scores 2019 by race ethnicity
“We are proud to be among Virginia’s top performers on this test — but we want to eliminate race and ethnicity as indicators of success on this and other assessments,” noted Dr. King. “Even during this pandemic, we continue to keep equity as a priority.”

For the past two years, CHS has served as a pilot site for the SAT’s school-day assessment program. Principal Eric Irizarry noted that offering the test during school hours is one of the ways that the school is trying to increase access to the SAT.

In other rankings, Charlottesville City Schools was named #8 among Virginia school divisions by the web site Niche.com. The division earned an A or A+ in college preparation, diversity, and quality of teaching.

CHS Fall 2020 Schedule

Find the CHS daily fall schedule for the first 9 weeks of the 2020-21 school year here.

Canvas — Pairing Codes and More

canvasCharlottesville City Schools uses Canvas, a widely used online “learning management system,” an interactive classroom web site. This page has links and information to help you  get started.


Link to Log into Canvas

Link to Canvas Training for Families/Providers


How Students can Generate a Pairing Code


Creating a Parent Account

Reporting a Problem with Your Canvas Account (lost password, etc.)

More Canvas Information:

  • Teachers can post all their class content in one place, including a calendar for due dates, links to class resources like videos, posted homework assignments (and a drop-box for turning it in), etc.
  • Students can see all their assignments, due dates, and class materials  in one spot. They can turn in assignments and see teacher feedback and grades.
  • Parents can create accounts so they can get a glimpse into the classroom, see what assignments are in the works, keep an eye on due dates, etc.

PowerSchool vs. Canvas?

  • PowerSchool contains grades and attendance. It’s the authoritative source for report cards. It also contains links to other tools so you can complete back-to-school paperwork, edit how you receive phone calls/emails/texts, and more.
  • Canvas is a classroom resource. It contains assignments, hand-outs, links to resources, and more. It also shows grades. If the grades in Canvas and PowerSchool don’t match up, please ask your student or teacher.