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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.

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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 The division earned an A or A+ in college preparation, diversity, and quality of teaching.

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Photo and Yearbook Information

yearbook, 3D rendering, metal text on rust backgroundIt’s time to order your yearbook and get your photos or senior portraits made.
You can order your yearbook or place a senior ad with a special message and photos here.
See details below.

Senior ads:

Want to say something special to your senior that they will have forever? Buy an ad space to share your message and pictures on These can be baby photos, senior photos, and any photos in between. Go beyond words with this sweet “goodbye and good luck” message!

Outside Photographers for senior pictures:

If using an outside photographer, senior pictures are due November 15. Submit the original JPEG by email to

Yearbook sales:

  • $65 before October 25
  • $75 after October 25

All ad spaces, yearbooks, and accessories can be purchased at

Upcoming Dates & Info:

  • September 16: Senior Portrait Make-up Day
  • September 17-18: Non-Senior School Picture Days
  • October 14: Picture Make-up Day
  • October 25: Last day to buy yearbook at reduced price
  • November 15: Senior portraits from outside photographers due to Ms. Helm
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Back-to-School Nights

After a great start to the school year, attend a Back-to-School Night to check in with teachers and get a better sense of what’s coming up!

  • Burnley-Moran: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm (includes picnic)
  • Clark: Tuesday, September 17, 5:30-7pm
  • Greenbrier: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Jackson-Via: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Johnson: Tuesday, September 17, 6-7:30pm
  • Venable:  Thursday, September 19, 5:30-7:30pm (Welcome Back Potluck to follow)
  • Walker: Tuesday, September 10, 6-8pm
  • Buford: Parent-Teacher Conferences Thursday 9/26 and Tuesday, 10/1, 4-7pm plus Harvest Festival 10/4 at 5:30pm
  • CHS: Monday, September 16, 5-7pm
  • CATEC: Wednesday, September 25, 5-7pm
  • Lugo-McGinness: Back-to-School Potluck, August 20
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CHS Fall 2019: Key Dates and Information

CHS Black Knights logoThe first day of school is Wednesday, August 21, 2019. See below for school counselor assignments, bus routes, supplies list, and other important back-to-school information.

School Day Hours:

  •  9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Open House Information:

Save-the-Dates for Rising 9th-Graders:

School Supplies List:

Summer Reading List:

Chromebook Distribution Information

  • Chromebooks will be distributed at CHS open house on August 20 from 5-7 p.m. Complete your re-registration forms in PowerSchool (not needed for new students) to give permission for your child to receive a Chromebook. Call 245-2410 or 245-2962 for PowerSchool assistance.

Bus Routes:

School Counseling:

  • Please visit our CHS Counseling website for important dates,  career and college preparation information, and more!

    College Counselor Assignments

    Kerry Avakian
    (434) 245-2684Cr-Hi:
    David Wilkerson
    (434) 245-2689Ho-M:
    Brianna Hill
    (434) 245-2687N-S:
    Melanie Key
    (434) 245-2686Department Chair & T-Wa:
    Sarah Elaine Hart
    (434) 245-2688We-Z & ESL:
    Lisa Morales
    (434) 245-2685Office hours for school counselors are 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Please contact your student’s counselor if you would like to request an appointment.

Fall Sports Information:

  • Visit to follow CHS sports and activities, including try-out info and parent meetings.

Senior Portrait Information:

  • Senior Picture Day: August 8, 2019, 9am-4pm, CHS small gym
    • Students will receive their appointment times via mail from Lifetouch.
  • Senior Make-Up: September 16, 2019, 9am-pm, CHS small gym
  • See FAQ about senior portraits below.
  • For questions regarding appointments and pricing, contact Lifetouch at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

Senior Portrait FAQ


Senior Portraits —

Q: Where do I view my photo slot?
A: You will receive your appointment times in the mail via Lifetouch by late July.

Q: What if the time doesn’t work for me?
A: Contact Lifetouch at 540-562-3107 or 800-366-0639.

Q: What if I miss my time slot?
A: If you can come to the MLKPAC before 3:30pm on Senior Picture Day, come on out.  Otherwise do make ups.

Q. Where do I take my photo?
A: Go to the PAC, and they will direct you from there.

Q: What should I wear?
A. Wear an undershirt and bring several of your favorite outfits.

Q: Should I take a photo?
A: Yes, it gets you a Senior id, you may want to use the formal shot to send out to relatives, and it’s the first check on your name and image for the yearbook.  You can still submit a private photo as well.

Q: What if I want to submit a personal photo?
A: First, take your photo with Lifetouch on Senior Picture Day in the PAC and then do your private setting.  Submit the private one by October 1st to Ms. Hannah Helm at  Make sure it’s a high-resolution photo (300 DPI) and rename it with your first and last name.  Place your name in the subject along with the words “Senior Photo.”  Example: Barney Rubble Senior Photo.

9th-11th Grade Portrait Information:

  • Non-Senior Picture Day: September 17-18, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym
  • Non-Senior Picture Make-Up Day: October 14, 9am-4pm, MLK PAC or CHS small gym

Staff Portrait Information:

  • Staff Picture Day:  date TBD
    • Individual portraits: 12-4pm
    • Staff group photo: 11:45am

For a downloadable PDF of the CHS Summer Events calendar (July-August), click here.


Starting line at Buzz by Belmont Race 2017

Buzz-by-Belmont: Clark 5K Family Fun Run/Walk goes virtual! Registration now open!

The annual Buzz-by-Belmont 5K Family Fun Run/Walk is going virtual! Now in its 15th year, this celebration of fitness, student achievement, and family fun starts and finishes at Clark Elementary School and has become a tradition in the neighborhood and Charlottesville fitness community. The event is hosted by the Clark Elementary School PTO. 

We are continuing the tradition of this race but in a format that is safe given the ongoing pandemic and encourage students, families and community members to sign up and commit to running or walking the route anytime from October 9-12.

There will be no official timing this year, but feel free to time yourself or race your family members.  All proceeds from the race benefit the Clark Education Opportunity Fund.

The rolling course tours some of Charlottesville’s most vibrant neighborhoods, passing through Downtown Belmont, around Belmont Park and touching the diverse areas of Belmont, Carlton and Sixth Street that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. Please consult the route map before you run. There will be signs posted on the route from October 9-12.

This year’s event is being sponsored in part by a Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School mini-grant. The Safe Routes to School program aims to encourage students to walk to school regularly and safely. In addition to providing built-in exercise for students, the program seeks to reduce traffic congestion and emissions around schools.

When: Friday October 9 through Monday October 12, 2020

Who: Anyone is welcome. We encourage families to walk or run the route together!

Where: Start and finish at Clark Elementary School, 1000 Belmont Avenue.

Registration: Sign up now

Sign up to Volunteer:

Thanks to our sponsors: The Local, Ting Internet, WE Brown, Balanced Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, Found Market, Stony Point Development Group, STEAM Discovery Academy, Firefly, Good Phyte Foods, 20 Paces Creamery,  Found Market, Decades Arcade, J Bird Supply and Safe Routes to School Virginia.

Sponsor logos for 2020 Clark Buzz by Belmont race



Logo badge for 2019 Best Schools-Niche

Charlottesville Schools Ranked #7 in Virginia

2021 Niche graphicThe 2021 K-12 rankings are out, and Charlottesville City Schools earned an A , placing #7 overall among Virginia school districts.

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. Additional recognition for CCS from a variety of Niche categories include:

  • #2 of 132 – Most Diverse School Divisions in Virginia
  • #5 of 132 – Best Places to Teach in Virginia
  • #9 of 132 – Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia.
  • #18 of 11,822 -Most Diverse School Districts in America
  •  A+ ranking in College Prep and Diversity categories and A in Teachers.

We’re proud of the good work of our students and teachers, and we appreciate the support of our community. While any given ranking system has its limitations, Charlottesville City Schools has done so well by so many measures, that the combined feedback paints a portrait of excellence.

Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Open House Schedules

Johnson teacher sitting with student.

Come meet your teachers and see your classrooms! Open houses this year will be on Monday, August 19, 2019. School starts on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CATEC Open House is Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7pm

Monday, August 19, 2019

  • Elementary Schools: 1–3pm
  • Walker Upper Elementary: 3-5pm
  • Buford Middle School: 4-6pm

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First day of school. See school hours below.

  • 3-year-olds: 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Elementary (preK-4 through 4th grade): 8:00am to 2:30pm
  • Buford and Walker: 8:30am to 3:15pm
  • CHS: 9:05am to 3:50pm (with a one-hour delayed start on the 2nd Thursday of some months)

Need a school supply list? Click here.

Need a summer reading list? Click here.

For other Back-to-School details, click here.

Buford Back-to-School Community Visits, Chromebook Distribution, and more!

The first day of school is almost here, and we can’t wait to welcome back our students!

lenovo-thinkpad-chromebook-laptop-6806-010Get Your Chromebooks

Buford Middle School students are assigned a Chromebook (computer) and charger for the school year. Buford students, along with their parents/guardians, will have the opportunity to pick up their Chromebook prior to the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Pick-Up Dates and Times (in Buford Cafeteria)

  • Monday, August 13th: 3-6pm
  • Tuesday, August 14th: 3-6pm
  • Wednesday, August 15th: 4-6pm
  • Thursday, August 16th: 3-6pm
  • Friday, August 17th: 3-6pm
  • Tuesday, August 21st: 3-6pm

Please take advantage of these dates and times so your child can avoid long lines on the first day of school. *Chromebooks will not be distributed during Open House.

TIP: Use your child’s Chromebook to log into PowerSchool and easily complete your back-to-school forms with InfoSnap! Information about creating a PowerSchool account will be mailed to your home in August. 

Kids College @ CATEC

STEM & Hands-on Fun for Rising 7-10th Graders, June 19-30

Rising 7-10th graders can enjoy a wide range of hands-on, skill-based STEM and technical academies at CATEC. From culinary arts to IT/engineering to firefighting, these academies give a glimpse of CATEC’s offerings and are organized as part of PVCC’s Kids College summer program.

KidsCollege scholarships available based on financial need. CATEC Foundation scholarships area available for rising 10th graders to attend KidsCollege@CATEC academies.

 Who?  Rising 7th-10th graders
 Dates:  June 18-22 (session 1)  June 25-29 (session 2)
 Times:  AM academies: 9am – 12:15pm
(early drop-off available at 8am)
 PM academies: 1:15pm – 4:30pm (after-care available ’til 5:30pm)
 Where:  CATEC, 1000 E. Rio Road
 Cost:  1/2-day academies vary from $139-155 (scholarships available)
 More info:  Click here
 Registration link:

Sample Offerings

From circuits to cupcakes, there’s something for everyone. A wide variety of options touch on the following themes (and more)! See brochure for details.

  • Culinary
  • Firefighting
  • Cosmetology
  • IT/Engineering