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Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Fast Facts for the 2022-2023 School Year

City population: 45,672 (est. as of July 1, 2021, U.S. Census Bureau)
Student enrollment (K-12): 4,391 (Oct. 2022)
Out of division/ tuition students: 255

School facilities

6 elementary schools (preschool – grade 4)
1 upper elementary school ( grades 5 – 6)
1 middle school (grades 7 – 8)
1 high school (grades 9 – 12)
2 alternative academies (1 grade 7-8; 1 grade 9-12)

Average class-size/teacher

Preschool – 16:1
K – grade 4: 19 to 24:1
Grades 5 – 6: 19.5:1
Grades 7 – 8: 19.5:1
Grades 9 – 12: 20.5:1

Student body makeup

40.0% White
28.0% Black
13.1% Hispanic/Latino
5.3% Asian
13.6% Multiple races


Percentage of CHS students taking at least one AP exam: 28%
Special education students: 14%
ESL students: 14%
Economically disadvantaged: 53.6%

Languages spoken: 39. Top 5: Spanish, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Swahili.

For school-specific demographics, visit the Virginia School Quality Profiles.


Teachers: 478
Other staff: 331

71% of teaching staff holds advanced degrees
Average years of experience: 12.5

For teacher and staff demographics, visit our equity page (under “Classroom,” click “Partnerships to Recruit/Support a Diverse Staff”).

Operating Budget

$106.9 million (FY 2023)

Per pupil expense
FY 2021 actual (includes capital expenses) $19,682

Academic Stats

Rank among Virginia school divisions: #15 with a rating of A- (Niche)

On-time graduation rate for all students: 93%
Black students’ graduation rate: 90%

CHS continues to surpass national SAT scores. According to 2021 College Board data, in reading/writing, CHS students’ average score was 566 compared to a national average of 533. In math, CHS students’ average score was 551 compared to a national average of 528.

CHS offers 28 college-level courses (Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment).

In Spring 2022, 75% of the AP exams taken by CHS students earned scores of 3 or higher, with about 28% of CHS students taking at least one AP exam.


Other Programs

We offer preschool programs for eligible  3- and 4-year-olds to get all our students off to the right start in school.

All elementary students in grades K-4 take art, music, PE, iSTEM, and classroom-based gifted activities (grades 1-4).

Our schools take advantage of the rich cultural resources in Charlottesville, including the University of Virginia, Monticello, the Paramount Theatre, the Charlottesville Ballet, and much more.

Through partnerships with Cultivate Charlottesville, Wildrock, and others, we encourage outdoor play and learning.

Students can choose to earn a college associate’s degree while at Charlottesville High School — and other AP and dual enrollment opportunities abound.

Developed in collaboration with UVA and the Smithsonian Institution, a ground-breaking engineering curriculum has been developed at Buford Middle School and other area schools.

The Charlottesville High School Sigma Lab encourages coding and engineering across the curriculum.

Walker, Buford, and CHS have more than 90 clubs and activities.