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Class planting at City Schoolyard Garden

In science at Charlottesville City Schools, the world is our classroom and best teaching tool.  Through observation, content literacy, and the design process, our students learn to put science in action.

Complementing their studies of Virginia’s Standards of Learning, our students also receive robust experiences using our garden classrooms (thanks, City Schoolyard Garden!); the many trails, creeks, and outdoor classrooms of our campuses; and field trips to locations such as Camp Albemarle.

Alongside the traditional science curriculum is our iSTEM program that seeks to make cross-curricular connections and familiarize all of our students (K-12) with the worlds of coding and engineering. At Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School, we have an acclaimed five-year engineering program that begins without any math prerequisites but leads to dual-enrollment classes and a capstone project. At our area’s technical education center, CATEC, a pathway leads to valuable IT certifications through a partnership with tech leader CISCO.

At Charlottesville High School, our robust science and computer science offerings end with an almost-complete set of AP courses.