What‘s Happening at CHS

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CHS Summer Academy Bus Information

School BusThis information is for students enrolled in CHS Summer Academy for credit replacement. Please use the bus that is most convenient for you.

Looking for other opportunities? It’s not too late to check out our Summer Opportunities blog for area programs for students of all ages.

7:06 am (stop) 1ST ST S @ LANKFORD AVE
7:08 am (stop) 5TH ST SW @ BAILEY RD
7:09 am (stop) 5TH ST SW @ CLEVELAND AVE
7:10 am (stop) HARRIS RD @ MOSELEY DR
7:24 am (stop) ROSE HILL DR @ HENRY AVE
7:29 am DEST CHS

7:06 am (stop) AVON ST @ BLENHEIM AVE
7:07 am (stop) AVON ST @ HINTON AVE
7:09 am (stop) CARLTON RD @ HAMPTON ST
7:14 am (stop) CHESAPEAKE ST @ 18TH ST NE
7:16 am (stop) MEADE AVE @ LITTLE HIGH ST
7:18 am (stop) LOCUST AVE @ HAZEL ST
7:22 am (stop) RIVER RD @ RIVER CT
7:23 am (stop) LOCUST AVE @ CALHOUN ST
7:29 am DEST CHS

7:00 am START 10TH ST NW @ PAGE ST
7:02 am (stop) PRESTON AVE @ CABELL AVE
7:04 am (stop) RUGBY RD @ GENTRY LN
7:07 am (stop) HYDRAULIC RD @ MICHIE DR
7:12 am (stop) RICKY RD @ WAYNE AVE
7:17 am (stop) GREENBRIER DR No Intersection
7:30 am DEST CHS

Graduation 2022: Photos and Video

Thanks to all who made graduation on June 9 at the Ting Pavilion such a success!

Free Graduation Photos

Above are a sample of photographer Erin Edgerton’s photos from graduation. Click HERE for FREE DOWNLOADS of all of Erin Edgerton’s professional graduation photos (you may need to enter your name and email address to see the photos, but they are free!).

Watch Graduation

Poster congratulating the CHS class of 2022 including portaits of current seniors and the info 7pm, June 9, 2022, Ting Pavilion.

Media Coverage of Graduation


Share Your Feedback about Next CHS Principal

Dear CHS staff and families –

I’m writing with an update about the hiring of the next principal for CHS. Dr. I leaves big shoes to fill, but we will work together to find the right person.

The position opened last week, and we already have the basis for a strong pool of candidates. Soon, we hope to convene an interview committee that includes staff and family representatives.

Please complete this short survey about your priorities and hopes for the next principal. These responses will guide the work of this committee. In addition, as part of the survey, you can express your willingness to be part of the interview committee.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this transitional time!

Dr. Royal A. Gurley, Jr.

Dr. Eric Irizarry by Billy Jean Louis for Charlottesville Tomorrow




Dear Black Knights staff and families,

I’m writing with mixed feelings to let you know that I have accepted a division-level opportunity at another school division, and I’ll be leaving CHS at the end of the month. Since I arrived in 2016, I have been so inspired by the students, staff, families, and community that make up Charlottesville High School. My time at CHS has been marked by many challenges – from the neo-Nazi rallies in 2016 to the COVID pandemic starting in 2020 – but each of of these moments has pushed us all to deepen our relationships and strengthen our commitment to doing better. These challenges have made the victories so much sweeter.

A few favorite memories:

  • Last week’s graduation (every graduation, really, even the “victory lap” celebration during the height of the pandemic)
  • Seeing our graduation rates rise to an all-time high of 96.4% with every racial, ethnic, and learning group in the 90s or higher
  • Working with passionate, informed, and action-oriented students
  • Working with passionate, informed, and action-oriented staff
  • Celebrating excellence in areas as diverse as the fine arts, urban farming, engineering, social-emotional supports, and athletics
  • Working together to advance equity in instruction, grading, school culture, and so much more, knowing that these efforts benefit every single member of our community.

I could go on. I am so honored to have been your principal, and so proud of each and every student and staff member for the effort and growth that I’ve seen. Thank you for all the partnership and support over these six years.

I am excited for my new opportunity – and I’m also excited for the future of Charlottesville High School. I leave a truly talented administrative team in place at the school, and Charlottesville City Schools is fortunate to have Dr. Gurley at the helm. The future of CHS is bright – Go Black Knights!

Dr. Eric Irizarry

2022 Summer Opportunities

Charlottesville City Schools is introducing our new 2022 Summer Opportunities online hub. This page is full of academic and enrichment opportunities for your children which are run by our division, the City of Charlottesville, or program partners in our schools. These offerings are either free, financially accessible, or offer scholarships. While not a complete list of all the happenings in Cville this summer, this resource is meant to give families a starting point for enriching their children’s time off from school. We will update this list as additional information is available.

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Registration Info for CHS Summer Learning Opportunities

This page contains information about:

  • Summer Academy (for students who need to repeat course) and
  • Summer School (for students wish to enroll in classes like PE/Health.)

Summer Academy graphicSummer Academy

If your Charlottesville High School student has received a final grade of “F” in:

    • Biology,
    • Econ/Personal Finance,
    • English (9-12),
    • Government,
    • Health & PE (9 and 10),
    • VA/US History and
    • World Geography

… then please complete the form at this link to register for Summer Academy. See details, below.

Register for Summer Academy Here

More Summer Academy Information

More Summer Academy Information:
Location: Charlottesville High School, entrance at the Garden Door across from the baseball field.
Dates: June 22 – July 28, Monday – Thursday
Class Hours: 7:45am – 1:15pm
Holidays: Monday, July 4; no school
Courses: Biology, Econ/Personal Finance, English (9-12), Government, Health & PE (9 and 10), VA/US History and World Geography.
Cost: Free
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and transportation (for in-district address) will be provided.

An image of summer school text on a chalkboard.Summer School

Registration is open for CHS Summer School courses of Health, PE, and Econ/Personal Finance.

  • Summer School Dates: June 22 – July 28
  • School Day Hours: 7:45am-1:15pm
  • Closed July 3rd in observance of Independence Day
  • No in person or online class on Fridays

Click Here to Register for Summer School

Once you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to MySchoolBucks where you can make your payment.

Looking for More?

You can find other summer opportunities for students of all ages here.

Celebrate Cville Schools Student Art!

Presenting Art Connections, the Charlottesville City Schools 2022 Jeff Suling Annual Student Art Exhibition! This virtual exhibit includes an introductory video featuring art teachers and student artists, and you can peruse amazing and important student artwork from every school and every grade.

The exhibit is organized into six categories reflecting the ways artists connect in the many aspects of our lives: Art Foundations; Communities; History of Art & Culture; Natural World; Storytelling; and Visual Math.

Click here or on the image below to begin exploring Art Connections!


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Knights United Credit Union Reopening in Fall

Knights United logoAbout

The Knights United Credit Union was formed as an educational partnership between Charlottesville City Schools and UVA Community Credit Union in 2016, and is designed to help students acquire practical money skills in conjunction with their Economics and Personal Finance class. The branch is staffed and run by Charlottesville High School students with credit union oversight, exclusively serving students, faculty, and staff. 

Branch location and hours

Located in the Charlottesville High School cafeteria

Currently closed, but we will reopen in the fall 2022 for two lunches per week.

Apply to Work at the CHS On-Campus Branch

CHS students interested in working at the branch are encouraged to visit UVACCU for more information on teller positions and an online application.

They can also contact Ms. Tewksbury at tewksbd1@charlottesvilleschools.org. 

Orchestra Director Laura Mulligan Thomas Retiring After 40 Years at CHS

Final Concert Open to Public May 18, 2022, 7:30 pm, Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center

Laura Mulligan Thomas conducting

Laura Mulligan ThomasThe music educator who grew Charlottesville High School’s orchestra from eight members to an award-winning, internationally known group of 100 is retiring this spring after a career spanning 40 years at CHS. Laura Mulligan Thomas will present her final concert as director of the CHS Orchestra (CHSO) on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public; masking is strongly encouraged.

Thomas has received multiple regional and national awards, including, this year, the American String Teachers Association’s Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator Award. After studying with Thomas, a number of CHSO graduates have gone on to become professional orchestral musicians and pop, rock, and country artists in the U.S. and Europe; others have followed in her footsteps to become music educators.

“Laura Mulligan Thomas has influenced generations of students in Charlottesville with a music education that is second to none. She leaves a legacy in our schools,” said Superintendent Royal A. Gurley, Jr.

At its annual assessments, the CHSO String Ensemble has earned the highest rating on the highest difficulty of music every year since 1983, including this spring, contributing to the school earning its 12th Blue Ribbon for excellence from the Virginia Music Education Association. At the recent Williamsburg Heritage Festival of Music, competing against schools from six states, the CHS Orchestra and String Ensemble won every award possible, including the String Ensemble winning Overall Outstanding Orchestra and Instrumental Sweepstakes. The group will round out this performing season by performing in Los Angeles this summer.

Laura Mulligan Thomas“Laura Thomas is an institution,” said Dr. Eric Irizarry, principal of CHS. “What sets her apart is her commitment to excellence in all areas – her skill and artistry as a musician, her support of the musicianship of her students, the strong relationships she builds, and the sense of joy and community she cultivates.”

Thomas’s other personal accolades include:

  • Charlottesville Citizen of the Year Award, Charlottesville Rotary Club, 2015
  • James Madison University Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award, 2013
  • Shenandoah Conservatory first graduate Alumna of Excellence Award, 2002
  • Virginia Women’s Forum Charlottesville’s Woman of the Year, 1999
  • Others: C-Ville Weekly Charlottesville’s top 25 Citizens; Charlottesville’s Distinguished Teacher Award, the Golden Apple award, the Piedmont Council of the Arts Award, and Outstanding Educator in Central Virginia awarded by Phi Delta Kappa.

Thomas will be succeeded in the role of orchestra director by Emily Waters, the current orchestra teacher at Charlottesville’s Walker Upper Elementary School. Waters has been an orchestra director in the Charlottesville City Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools since 2015. She has earned degrees in music and music education from VCU and JMU, and she has received awards for innovation, inclusion, and excellence in music education. She has performed and created learning materials incorporating hip-hop and other new genres. She is herself a graduate of Charlottesville High School and its orchestra program.

Aaron Eichorst, coordinator of fine arts for Charlottesville City Schools, adds, “We can’t thank Laura enough for her leadership in building a truly exemplary program, strong both musically and relationally. And based on Emily Waters’s success at Walker, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome her into this role. On a more personal note, I will find it moving to see the director’s baton be passed from mother (Laura Thomas) to daughter (Emily Thomas Waters)—musicianship and leadership run strong in the Thomas family!”

CHSO 2021-22 directed by Laura Mulligan ThomasUnder Laura Thomas’s leadership, the CHSO has garnered top prizes in music festivals throughout the United States—in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Williamsburg, Nashville, Orlando, Virginia Beach and Myrtle Beach—and abroad in London, Vienna, Florence, Rome, Paris, Prague, Galway, and Dublin. The CHSO has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, at five Virginia Music Educators Association conferences, and under the direction of maestro Loren Maazel at his inaugural Castleton Music Festival. With an enrollment as high as 145, the group has received media attention from the New York Times, Southern Living, and National Public Radio, among others.

In addition to her service at Charlottesville High School, Thomas has guest-conducted dozens of youth orchestras throughout Virginia and in July will become President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. She has directed the University of Richmond Orchestra and will continue to direct the Youth Symphony of Central Virginia.

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CHS SOL Information and Schedules May 2023

Virginia SOL logoDear CHS Families,

As you know, we have SOL testing next week (Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20). On those days, we will be operating on a modified schedule. In this message, I have attached the schedule for the week. The schedule has also been posted in Canvas for your students.

It is very important that you and your student review the schedule and are aware of your student’s testing days and times. At the high school level, passing the SOLs is needed for graduation. If you have any questions regarding the SOLs, please reach out to your student’s counselor. It is also important that students attend school during this week even if they do not have an SOL during this time – they will receive the necessary instruction and review materials for the SOLs and end-of-year assessments.  

SOLs will begin at 9:05, and students should arrive no later than 9:05 in order to take their SOLs. 

If your child is scheduled to take an SOL Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20:
Students that have an SOL on a particular day should take their regularly scheduled bus to CHS.  SOLs begin at 9:05 promptly. If your student drives, walks, or is driven to school and is taking an SOL, they need to arrive by 9:05. 

If your child is NOT scheduled to take an SOL Tuesday 5/17 – Friday 5/20:
If a student is NOT taking an SOL on a particular day, then they should ride the second morning bus route which will be on an approximate 2-Hour delay (see next section). School will begin at 11:35 am and follow the schedule linked below. 

Bus Routes/Times for Second Morning Run:
Times and locations can be found using this link: Second Morning Run Bus Times and Locations

SOL Schedule for Families:
Again, check this schedule carefully. On days when students are scheduled to take an SOL test, they take their regular bus and arrive at the regular time. On days when students are not scheduled to take an SOL test, they take the second bus and arrive in time for an 11:35 start to classes. 

Routines for Week of 5/23-20:
SOLs will continue on Tuesday 5/24 – Friday 5/20 for a smaller number of students, but please note that during this second week of testing ALL students will arrive at the normal 9:05 am time. Testers will go to the small gym, and all other students will have a normal bell schedule. 

If you have any questions, please contact the main office or your student’s counselor. 


Congratulations Golden Apple Award Winners

The Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding educators in Charlottesville and Albemarle who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school.

2022 Winners

Congratulations to the 9 Golden Apple Award Winners in our division! The Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding educators in Charlottesville and Albemarle who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school.


  • Andrew Josselyn, English Teacher
  • His nominator writes: “Andy is an imaginative classroom instructor who is constantly looking for ways to make school relevant to teenagers’ lives. Andy’s creativity and commitment to improving our school community make him a huge asset to CHS.”


  • Matthew Resnick, History Teacher
  • His nominator writes: “Mr. Resnick has made his civics and economics classroom a safe, supportive space for all of his students. His classroom is filled with student-created artifacts that promote a culturally responsive, inclusive space for all students.”


  • Bridget Drain, Special Education Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “Most notable is Ms. Drain’s commitment to helping students with marginalized identities find representation in the classroom setting. She not only builds relationships that are grounded in trust and respect, but sustains these connections long after her students leave her care.”


  • Huma Ahmad, Speech Language Pathologist
  • Her nominator writes: “She takes all of her time to help children who have special needs with reading or writing down to math reach their potential. She takes out the time to hear the parents and come to conclusions on what is best for the child.”


  • Caitlin Natale, Second Grade Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “Every time I am in her classroom, there is a palpable love of learning. No matter what she is doing, the students yearn to engage with her.”


  • Brenning Greenfield, Kindergarten Teacher
  • His nominator writes: “Mr. Greenfield makes learning engaging (with his infusion of music), meaningful (such as with his classmate writings to celebrate their ‘Reading Stars of the Week,’) and rigorous as he encourages his students to think outside the box and embrace challenge.”


  • Melanie-Ann Johnson, Gifted Education Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “Melanie Johnson has been an inspiration this year and in past years in her work with students, her outreach to the families of Jackson-Via and the larger community of Charlottesville.”


  • Lindsay Kamide, Reading Specialist
  • Her nominator writes: “Our daughter loves the time she spends with Ms. Kamide and we love how she meets her where she is and is always on point with book recommendations that she will actually enjoy reading.”


  • Jenny Isaacs-Lowe, Special Education Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “Jenny Lowe is an exceptional educator and a vital asset to the Venable community. She is an advocate for all students and families, and she believes deeply in each student’s ability to learn and reach high standards in school.”

About the Golden Apple Awards

The Golden Apple Awards honor outstanding educators in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

Candidates for this award are teachers at any level (preschool through grade 12) and in any discipline who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and involvement in the community outside the school.

A nominee exhibits the following characteristics:

  • Creates a love of learning in students of all abilities and backgrounds.
  • Stimulates thought and provokes student dialogue.
  • Challenges students to reach high standards and expectations.
  • Understands the needs of students individually and collectively and meets those needs with determination, enthusiasm and imagination.
  • Involves families in the education process.

Nominations for the next school year will be available in the fall. Winners receive a $500 grant for classroom materials or professional development.

Sponsored by Better Living Building Supplies and Cabinetry.

Previous Golden Apple Award Recipients from Cville Schools


2021 Winners: Kelsey Cox of Burnley-Moran; Amit Kapur of Clark; Desiree Conner of Greenbrier; Michel Ann Sizemore of Jackson-Via; Michelle Schettler of Johnson; Allison Shields of Venable; Maggie Pfuntner of Walker; Shinay Henderson of Buford; Matt Terillo of Charlottesville High School; Denise Meyer of Hospital Ed


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20202 Charlottesville Schools Golden Apple Award recipients

11 teachers from Charlottesville City Schools are among the outstanding recipients of the 2020 Golden Apple Awards presented by Better Living Building Supply & Cabinetry.

These awards are presented annually to nominated faculty members from the public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City.

Award recipients receive a Golden Apple, as well as gift certificates from local businesses. As a “Golden Apple” teacher, each recipient is also eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant to be used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s continued professional development.

Congratulations to the following 2020 winners: Lisa Johnson Black (Hospital Ed), Kelsey Cary (Lugo-McGinness), Mary Caitlyn Cordone (Clark), Matthew Deegan (CHS), Kavita Kumar (Greenbrier), Calder McLellan (Venable), Kathryn Salem (Jackson-Via), Brandy Walker (Buford), Lisa Wallace (Burnley-Moran), Cianna Washburg (Walker), and Lindsay Wayland (Johnson). Congrats to these amazing teachers!  You can watch the virtual ceremony here.

2019 Charlottesville City Schools Golden Apple Award Recipients

Click on each each portrait to hear what they had to say!

  • Golden Apple Previous Winners collage2019 Winners: Kathy Claus- Greenbrier Elementary, Melissa Combs- Venable Elementary, Will Cooke- Charlottesville High School, Maelys Croce- Johnson Elementary, Robin Ellis- Clark Elementary, Meaghan Fenton- Jackson-Via Elementary, Chris Lorigan- Burnley-Moran Elementary, Michael McCrory- Lugo-McGinness Academy, Melissa Mitchem- Buford Middle, and Kevin Paquette- Walker Upper Elementary.
  • 2018 Winners: Latoya Brown (Buford Middle), Mary Johnston (Burnley-Moran Elementary), Nicole Armstrong (Charlottesville High, Black Knights), Jessica Taylor (Clark Elementary School), Briana Barns (Jackson-Via Elementary School), Laura Schaaf (Johnson Elementary), Harry Hill (Lugo-McGinness Academy), Leslie S. Hunter (Venable Elementary School), Sarah Lloyd (Walker Upper Elementary School), and Patrick Beale (Greenbrier Elementary School).
  • 2017 Winners: Melvin Grady (Buford), Jessica Powley (Burnley-Moran), Brian Kayser (CHS), Ashley Riley (Clark), Amy Jones (Greenbrier), Lisa Utz (Jackson-Via), Lorena Caballero Bower (Johnson), Michael McCrory (Lugo-McGinness Academy), Nicole Driggs (Venable), and Samantha Pagni (Walker).
  • 2016 Winners: Cindy Cartwright (Venable), Mary Craig (Clark), Shannon Gillikin (Jackson-Via), Ron Green (Greenbrier), Jenn Horne (CHS), Patricia Luke (Buford), Alex Piedra (Walker), Leslie Scalley (Johnson), Tracy Weaver (Burnley-Moran)