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Elementary Families Year-End Survey

Charlottesville City Schools would appreciate your feedback on the following short and anonymous survey in an effort to improve our elementary Title I and family engagement programs.  Thank you!


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Register for Kindergarten

We’re always excited to meet our new kindergarten students and their families!

If you have a child that will be 5 years old by September 30, you can NOW register for the 2023-24 year. See below for instructions.

Not sure which elementary school your child will attend?  Find out here.

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  • Text 434-953-1802.
  • Call Spanish telephone line at 434-245-2548.

How to Register

For Fall 2023 Kindergarteners Who Are NOT Currently Attending Cville Schools Preschool  


If you do not choose to upload proof of residency and other documents (see list here), someone from your child’s school will be in touch later about how you can bring the documents to the school.

For Fall 2023 Kindergarteners Who ARE Currently Attending Cville Schools Preschool (and other returning students)


Kindergarten FAQ

Which school will my child attend?

School Registrar Contact List and Fax numbers:

What is the required documentation to enroll in Charlottesville City Schools?

Students enrolling in the Charlottesville City Schools for the first time must provide:

  • Original birth certificate (or certified copy)
  • Proof of residency
    • Mortgage, lease, real estate tax statement OR
    • Driver’s license/government-issued photo ID plus current utility bill (electric, gas, water/sewer)
  • A completed Virginia School Entrance Health Form showing that the child has received a physical examination performed by a physician within a year of enrollment. (Required for new students in preschool-grade 5; required for all kindergartners, even if they were enrolled in the preschool program.) Suggestion: Call your doctor’s office to ask if they’ll fax your child’s form to your school. Fax numbers are listed with school registrar contact list, above, or on this page.
  • A completed immunization record (for all grades; part of the School Entrance Health Form)
  • Custody or guardianship paperwork (if necessary)
  • Don’t have everything? Bring what you have to the school, and they will help you.

More Resources

Charlottesville City Schools 2023 Summer Opportunities

2023 Summer Opportunities

Charlottesville City Schools presents our 2023 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.

Announcing the Cville Schools 2023 Golden Apple 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.

2023 Winners

Cville City Schools 2023 Golden Apple Award Winners




  • Mason Goldman, English Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “My student said after the first day with Ms. Goldman they had learned more in one day than in the previous 6 weeks. My recent graduate also had her for English at CHS and was a fantastic resource for college essay writing, even during the spring of 2020, when covid had pushed class online. She has taught every grade and level of English, and in each and every class she is creating literary experiences. She chooses texts that are rigorous, and she is able to draw kids into those texts emotionally, intellectually, and socially.”


  • Charlotte Nelson, Mathematics Teacher
  • Her nominator writes:  “The way that she connects with ALL of her students is incredible. She excels at being a team player and stepping up to the plate for the Buford Math Department. Charly does not stop at the classroom; however, she helps out with athletics at Buford and is the girls head lacrosse coach at Charlottesville High School. Charly carries her same philosophies into her coaching. Charly supports her students in their endeavors and extracurricular activities. She’s an active member of the school community and engages with parents on a regular basis.”


  • Erika Trent, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “Erika Trent is a phenomenal teacher, mentor, and a shining example of a master teacher. I have had the pleasure of working with her first as her student teacher, then as a colleague, and now as the lead of our PLC. Another reason that Erika deserves this award is her ability to set high expectations, hold students to them, and help raise students up to meet them. She is firm, but caring, and clear in communicating both her expectations and specifically what needs to be done to meet them.”


  • Melvin Grady, Alternative Ed Teacher
  • His nominator writes: “I consider Mr. Grady an outstanding candidate for The Golden Apple Award because of his passion in his teaching to the students, caring about well-being of students and co-workers, being a role-model for the students, setting the example of standards and showing compassion.”


  • Carol Busching, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “She engages deeply with them about who they are, who they want to be, what they want to do. She listens to them. She helps them have difficult conversations. She believes in students’ ability to learn and teach each other. She puts students into groups, and she is strategic about how she does this. Sometimes she groups students who vary in achievement levels and sometimes she groups students with similar achievement levels.”


  • Gabriela Moore, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Her nominator writes:  “She thinks about him as a whole person, and offers solutions and suggestions to help him improve not just academically but also socially. Mrs. Moore is very transparent with the curriculum that she is teaching to her class with her weekly newsletters giving updates and ways we, as parents, can help enhance/continue the students learning at home.”


  • Teresa Seto, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “To encounter a teacher that has the ‘gift’ of teaching in a way that is effective; the ability to truly understand the needs of individual students; approaching teaching with inspiration and compassion; an energetic teacher who promotes open communication and building connections with parents to allow them to be part of the education process — well, that is rare. Ms. Seto is a RARE GEM. Ms. Seto creates such a fun, engaging, diverse, learning environment, and learning experience. She teaches with lots of enthusiasm and pushes her students to be the best they can be.”


  • Maegan Thim, First Grade Teacher
  • Her nominator writes:  “Mrs. Thim celebrates my child’s victories while also encouraging him to try harder. She makes him feel safe to bring his authentic self to school and helps him connect deeply with his classmates. I have watched my child blossom in so many
    ways while in Maegan’s class. She pushes herself as well as the students to reach their


  • Jillian Smith, Special Education Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: “My son has been fortunate to have her as his Special Education teacher for the past 3 years. In that time, she has cultivated his curiosity about the world, helped to soothe his anxiety and school avoidance, challenged him to overcome his struggles with executive functioning, and bolstered his self confidence in the face of low self-esteem and frequent negative self-talk.”


  • Suzanne Harris, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Her nominator writes: ” While working with a diverse group of students, Sue Harris has continued to put forth effort in collaborating with other specialists to ensure the needs of every student are being met and setting them up for greater success. She cares for each individual child and shows them love, compassion, and empathy. Sue Harris is such an asset to Venable and the Cville community.”

About the Golden Apple Awards

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.

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


2022 Winners



  • 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.”


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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

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  • 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), 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)
  • 2015 Winners: Minda Barnett (Walker); Kena Lea Brandt (Greenbrier); Diane M. Foraste (Venable); Susan Jamme (CHS); Chris Lorigan (Burnley-Moran); Hillary Pleasants (Jackson-Via); Katie Rogers (Clark); Nancy Bailey Rickabaugh (Johnson); Lauralee Watlock (Buford)
  • 2014 Winners: Sara Epperly (CHS); Julia Evatt, (Walker); Dina Fricke (Clark); Andy Jones (Buford); Karen S. Minor (Venable); Stephanie Randolph (Johnson); Lauren Elizabeth Sandridge (Greenbrier); Andra M. Skeen (Burnley-Moran); Kristin Ullrich (Jackson-Via)
  • 2013 Winners: Jessica Bennett (Greenbrier); Nikki Y. Franklin (Jackson-Via); Renata Germino (Buford); April Hoffman (Johnson); Scott Mace (CHS); Virginia Monroe (Walker); Zoë Padrón (Clark); Michael Salvatierra (Venable); Rachel Savoy (Burnley Moran)
  • 2012 Winners: Virginia Hill (Walker); Adam R. Hoppe (Greenbrier); Allison Kennedy (Jackson-Via); Maggie Lovett (Johnson); Traci Martin (Venable); Katherine Witthauer Murah (Clark); Susan S. Muse (Buford);  Lauren Penniman (Burnley-Moran); Lester L. Wainwright (CHS);
  • 2011 Winners: Amanda “Amy” Thompson (Buford ); Kathy Umbdenstock (Burnley-Moran); Susan M. Garfinkel (CHS); Dawn Y. Reddick (Clark); Amanda Sherriff (Jackson-Via); Michelle M. Smith (Johnson); Brenda Payne (Venable); Lynne Herman (Walker); Ann Parks (Greenbrier)

3 Johnson Teachers Are Exemplars of Science-Based Reading Research

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Three Johnson Elementary teachers collaborated with UVA to create “exemplary instructional practice” videos of evidence-based reading education. Janelle Irwin literacy

Kristi Hartwell (kindergarten), Maelys Croce (first grade), and Janelle Irwin (second grade) demonstrate how teachers can use the latest science to teach skills including phonemic awareness, blending 3-phoneme words, and reading big words. 

Watch the clip of Ms. Irwin here. Watch the clips of Ms. Croce and Ms. Hartwell here

These videos are part of a statewide library of videos and instructional protocols to support teachers with implementing evidence based literacy instruction.

The UVA School of Education’s Virginia Literacy Partnerships collaborate with the community around reading and writing development, screening students, and providing evidence-based instruction.

Virginia Literacy Partnerships also provides Resources for Families to support children’s reading at home.

Apply Now for Pre-K 2023-24

Apply Now for Preschool & Early Childhood Ed for 2023-24

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It is time to make an education plan for the littlest learners in your family for this fall: Go2Grow logoAnyone with a child who will still be under 5 years old by September 30 is encouraged to apply for free early childhood education through our local Go2Grow website.

Need a paper application? 

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For children who will be 3 or 4 years old by September 30, 2023: Go2Grow.com is where you can apply for free preschool at Charlottesville City Schools. Our preschool runs five days a week and helps children become kindergarten-ready through play and learning activities. Preschool is five days a week, 7:45am-2:30pm in our neighborhood elementary schools. Bus transportation is available.  

With this one application, you can also apply for MACAA Head Start or other preschool programs.

For children as young as infants: Go2Grow.com is also where you can apply for free early childhood education and child care

Go2Grow programs are free for families that meet the eligibility requirements.

There are many benefits for children who participate in high-quality programs like the ones offered on Go2Grow:

  • Improved nutrition and health

  • Higher scores on math and reading achievement tests

  • Higher high school graduation rates and higher levels of schooling attained

Go2Grow applications are due March 15. To learn more, call 434-245-2813 or 434-245-2865 or visit Go2Grow.com

Want to learn more? Watch this story on NBC29 about Go2Grow.



The Preschool Team is available to answer questions or assist with your application.

  • Sheila Sparks, Coordinator of Preschool and Family Support: (434) 531-5920 (call or text)
  • Eursaline Inge, Preschool Family Worker: (434) 245-2813
  • Eleanor Barrese, Preschool Family Support Worker: (434) 245-2865: Habla español

Learn More About Preschool

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Feedback Sought on Possible Name Change for Buford

Like many communities, universities, and K-12 schools across the country, Charlottesville City Schools is aware that our schools’ names send a message to our students, staff, and community and should therefore reflect our values.

Updates on School Names

Feedback Sought on Possible New Name for Buford: Charlottesville Middle School

As part of the plans for modernizing Buford Middle School, Charlottesville Superintendent Dr. Royal A. Gurley Jr. has recommended a name change to Charlottesville Middle School effective August 2025, when students are planned to begin using the new building on the school campus.  

The School Board discussed the possible name change at Thursday’s meeting and plan to vote on the decision at their next meeting on Tuesday, June 27. The schools began seeking community feedback on the question on May 25. Community members can email schoolboard@charlottesvilleschools.org to register their input.

The decision is time-sensitive since some items that include the renovated school’s name have long planning or order-fulfillment timelines. For instance, a committee is currently being formed to make decisions about signage and other environmental graphics. 

“This recommendation follows the current trend to move away from school names that honor individuals,” noted Dr. Gurley. “In addition, it indicates that we are essentially building a new school serving grades 6-8. The recommended name is fitting since this middle school will become the place that welcomes all Charlottesville sixth-graders from their neighborhood elementary schools.”

Learn more about the modernization of the middle school.

At their April meeting, the Board voted to pause the process for Burnley-Moran and Johnson while we can clarify the process and possible names centered on purpose and place.

Read More about Renaming Process for Burnley-Moran and Johnson

March 29, 2023: Charlottesville School Board will vote on affirming a name change for Burnley-Moran and Johnson, but will pause on voting on specific name recommendations to allow the staff and the school communities time to explore other names that are better reflective of the schools’ purpose and place.

Dear Burnley-Moran and Johnson communities–

Thanks for your ongoing involvement as we continue the process of evaluating new names for your schools. As you know, based on community feedback, the Naming of Schools Facilities Committee recommended changing the names of the schools and identified two name recommendations (Blue Mountain for Burnley-Moran; Cherry Avenue for Johnson).

At their April 13 School Board meeting, the Board plans to vote on affirming the idea of changing these two schools’ names, but they and Dr. Gurley would like to pause on the actual selection of the two new names.

The hope is that with further time for reflection, we will find names that more fully align with the guiding principles of purpose and place. 

  • A name with “purpose” might be values-driven or aspirational. A name filled with purpose would communicate our goal of helping students be their best selves and make our world better. The new names for Venable (Trailblazer) and Clark (Summit) demonstrate purpose–inviting students to be trailblazers or to reach new summits.
  • A name with “place” might focus on the local schools’ own history or geographic location. Again, at Venable, the name “Trailblazer” honors the school’s history as a site where members of the Charlottesville 12 desegregated our schools. Clark’s mountain views and the fact that it is situated on high ground in Belmont led to the selection of “Summit.”

It may not be possible to find names for Burnley-Moran and Johnson that combine both purpose and place, but we would like to slow down the name selection process to give us the best chance of finding lastingly meaningful and fitting names for our schools.

Next Steps

  • Division staff are reaching out to horticulturalists and other local experts who can generate some ideas inspired by plants, trees, or geographical features that are unique or local to Charlottesville or these schools.
  • The facilitators who are helping to develop the next Charlottesville Schools strategic plan will meet with Burnley-Moran and Johnson staff members to consider name possibilities. Depending on whether each school’s staff emerges with a single recommendation or a few finalist names (or if they need additional time), we will craft a plan moving forward.
  • Have a nomination for us to consider? Let us know. We received a number of nominations in the initial survey but are still listening. Just remember that the committee has decided against selecting new names that honor people.
  • We’ll keep our students posted – especially our third- and fourth-graders who already expressed some of their ideas as part of this process.

Thanks for your patience and ongoing support!

March 2, 2023: Charlottesville Schools Committee to Recommend Burnley-Moran Become Blue Mountain Elementary and Johnson Become Cherry Avenue Elementary

A committee reviewing the names of city schools plans to recommend that the School Board vote to rename Burnley-Moran Elementary as Blue Mountain Elementary, and Johnson Elementary as Cherry Avenue Elementary. The Board will hear this recommendation at their March 2 meeting, with a vote expected at their April 13 meeting.

In January the Charlottesville City Schools Naming of Facilities Committee collected and reviewed public feedback – including a student vote at each school – indicating community support for changing the names of Burnley-Moran Elementary and Johnson Elementary. In February, the committee surveyed staff at each of those two schools to give additional input about the top two name choices at each school.

The task of the Naming of Facilities Committee is to make a recommendation to the Charlottesville City School Board for each school on the question of whether its name is in alignment with the division’s current values, particularly racial equity. In the case of Burnley-Moran and Johnson, the three namesakes of these schools—Carrie Burnley, Sarepta Moran, and James G. Johnson—all served Charlottesville’s racially segregated white schools as teacher, principal, or superintendent. The public feedback and the committee’s decision recognized that, regardless of the accomplishment or merit of these individuals, these schools’ names commemorate an era of segregated education that no longer reflects the division’s values.

In January, after a review process by the Naming of Facilities Committee, the School Board voted to rename Venable Elementary as Trailblazers Elementary, and Clark Elementary as Summit Elementary.

February 3, 2023: Naming Committee Plans Recommendation to Change Names of Burnley-Moran and Johnson; Additional Feedback from School Staffs Among Final Name Choices

After reviewing feedback from the community that indicated community support for changing the names of Burnley-Moran and Johnson, the Naming of Facilities community is planning to recommend new names for the schools. Both schools have two possible new names that have received about equal support (at Burnley-Moran, Blue Mountain and Rivanna; at Johnson, Cherry Avenue and Forest Hills). The committee will survey both schools’ staffs to guide the choice about which name to recommend for each school.

The task of the Naming of Facilities Committee is to make a recommendation to the Charlottesville City School Board for each school on the question of whether its name is in alignment with the division’s current values, particularly racial equity. In the case of Burnley-Moran and Johnson, the three namesakes of these schools—Carrie Burnley, Sarepta Moran, and James G. Johnson—all served Charlottesville’s racially segregated white schools as teacher, principal, or superintendent. The public feedback and the committee’s decision recognized that, regardless of the accomplishment or merit of these individuals, these schools’ names commemorate an era of segregated education that no longer reflects the division’s values.

More Information about Methods of Receiving Feedback
On January 13, a survey about the names opened to the public, including school staff, families, and community members. The survey received 396 submissions. On January 26, a community forum with 34 in attendance was held to discuss the names. On January 30, third- and fourth-grade students were polled about the matter. In addition, for Johnson, the committee has tasked Ms. Beth Cheuk and Mr. James Bryant (School Board chair) to reach out to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Williams and the four students who initially desegregated Johnson School for their perspective on the naming change.

Burnley-Moran Feedback
Regarding the name Burnley-Moran, 61 percent of survey respondents showed support for changing the name, while 23 percent indicated that the name should not change, a margin of about 3 to 1 in favor of a name change (3 in favor, 1 opposed). Another 16 percent selected a middle option of neither supporting nor opposing a change. In addition, participants were asked, “In case we decide to pick a new name, please rank these suggestions and add your own ideas, below!” The suggestions that received the highest votes were Blue Mountain (177 first- and second-place votes) and Rivanna (221 first- and second-place votes).

At the community forum, the public survey results were presented, and a variety of perspectives were heard. Two descendents of Ms. Burnley and Ms. Moran expressed their desire that either the names not be changed, or that all the school names be changed. There was a reminder that these were the first female principals in our schools at a time when there was predominantly male leadership.

At the student vote, Blue Mountain (or a variant, Blue Ridge Mountain) received 50 votes, while Rivanna received 17. Abstentions and write-ins were also accepted, with 20 of the 103 students writing that they wished to keep Burnley-Moran.

Johnson Feedback
Regarding the name Johnson, 50 percent of survey respondents showed support for changing the name, while 30 percent indicated that the name should not change, a closer margin of 5 to 3 in favor of a name change (5 in favor, 3 opposed). Another 20 percent selected a middle option of neither supporting nor opposing a change. In addition, participants were asked, “In case we decide to pick a new name, please rank these suggestions and add your own ideas, below!” The suggestions that received the highest votes were Cherry Avenue (150 first- and second-place votes) and Forest Hills (139 first- and second-place votes). Because of the school’s significant Civil Rights history, there were also suggestions that alluded to this history. Of these, the highest vote-getter was Landmark, which received 68 first- and second-place votes, or fourth overall.

Again, at the community forum, the public survey results were presented, and a variety of perspectives were heard. Ms. Scheryl WIlliams Glanton, who was one of four to first desegregate the school, expressed the view that she disagreed with the Naming Committee’s decision to not select new school names in honor of individuals. She described her parents’ sacrifices during the Civil Rights era both generally and in particular as part of the effort to desegregate Johnson. In addition, the Johnson discussion featured remarks by some participants that students and the community had connections with the names and didn’t want a change.

At the student vote, Cherry Avenue received 17 votes, Forest Hills received 21, and Landmark received 17. Abstentions and write-ins were also accepted, with 28 of the 103 students writing that they wished to keep Johnson.

As requested, Mr. Bryant and Ms. Cheuk reached out to Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Williams and the four students who initially desegregated Johnson School for their perspective on the possible name change, including the question of whether a name that referenced the school’s Civil Rights history would be preferred. Mr. Williams expressed no opinion about the name itself but wanted to be sure that students are taught local history, especially about the schools. Mr. Williams’ daughters expressed the view that a new name should honor their parents. Mr. Mike Lewis deferred to the wishes of the local community (but stated his appreciation for the name Trailblazers that had been selected at Venable, honoring the Charlottesville 12 and other students and families who desegregated our schools). Ms. Rosalind Whitlock has not been available for discussion.

The Naming of Facilities Committee Meeting
The committee discussed the results of both the public and students surveys, including break-outs of staff data from the larger survey. They also heard a recap of the discussions from the public forum.

Among the discussion topics was the idea of whether the decision to keep or change the school names was centered on the individuals’ own biographies or the larger era of school segretation. All three of the current namesakes served white-only schools as teacher, principal, or superintendent during the era of school segregation. In other words, the names evoke and honor an era (school segregation) that does not reflect our current values and work.

While the committee felt that the data from Burnley-Moran (at 60 percent, or about 3-to-1 in favor of a name change) was clear, there were some who noted the Johnson data was less clear (at 50 percent, or 5-to-3 in favor of a name change). Others pointed out that at 50 percent, the largest group of Johnson respondents was in favor of a name change, compared to 30 percent against and 20 percent undecided.

After additional discussion, the committee voted to recommend a name change for both schools, with the decision focusing on the era that the schools represented instead of the personal contributions of the individuals. The committee expressed appreciation for the varying perspectives expressed as part of this process and recognizes that there are differences of opinion.

Members also discussed the data about a preference for possible new names, including submissions from both the public and students. The suggestion of Williams from Ms. Glanton was discussed but the committee reiterated their position that they would not select a new name honoring individuals. Since for both schools, the data ranked two names at fairly equal votes (Blue Mountain and Rivanna at Burnley-Moran, and Cherry Avenue and Forest Hills at Johnson), the committee decided to request additional feedback from those schools’ staff, with a follow-up vote among those remaining choices Once this is completed, the committee will meet again to develop a final recommendation to share with the Board at the March meeting.


January 6, 2023: Charlottesville Schools will Rename Clark and Venable Elementaries to Reflect Community Values

Two Charlottesville City Schools elementaries will be renamed to reflect the community’s values.

The Charlottesville School Board voted last night to change the name of Clark Elementary School to Summit Elementary School, and Venable Elementary School to Trailblazers Elementary School. These final decisions cap a review process that began in the summer of 2020.

Read More about Renaming of Clark and Venable Here

The name Summit Elementary evokes the school’s mountain views; it is also meant to encourage students to both reach new heights and consider themselves “a gathering of leaders,” touching on three meanings of the word summit. The name Clark was for Gen. George Rogers Clark, a Revolutionary War leader who also enslaved people and led in the genocide against Native Americans.

The name Trailblazers Elementary honors the Charlottesville 12, the students who first desegregated Venable Elementary and Lane High School, as well as their parents and other early desegregation trailblazers in Charlottesville Schools. The name is also an invitation to current students to continue blazing new trails today. The name Venable was for Col. Charles S. Venable, a member of the Confederate Army and math professor at the University of Virginia who ardently perpetuated damaging myths about slavery throughout his life.

The School Board voted on these names after hearing recommendations from the Naming of Facilities Committee, which had gathered community feedback via several public forums and surveys. The committee also heard from third and fourth graders at each of the two schools. In addition, for the naming of Venable, members of the Charlottesville 12 were consulted throughout the process.

Clark and Venable were the first two Charlottesville schools to have their names reviewed. The Naming of Facilities Committee will meet next week to begin its review of the names of Burnley-Moran Elementary and Johnson Elementary. Information about both of those schools’ namesakes—and other materials relating to the process of reviewing school names in Charlottesville—can be found at charlottesvilleschools.org/school-names.

If the committee recommends new names for Burnley-Moran and Johnson, it plans to avoid new names that honor an individual, as well as geographical places with associations that do not reflect the division’s values (like Belmont or Monticello, which are both connected with plantations and slavery). Instead, the committee will seek out names that are “aspirational” or that honor the school or community’s history and geography.

A timeline for implementation has not yet been finalized. The earliest date would be August 2023, but depending on whether other name changes are announced this spring, there could be a decision to implement all name changes at once, perhaps in August 2024. Division leaders will work closely with school leaders to make these changes as seamless and comprehensive as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions about the Renaming Process

Why not just keep the old names but pick a new namesake?

  • Community surveys indicated there was mixed opinion about whether to select brand-new names or “repurpose” the names by finding new namesakes. Ultimately the committee decided that to maintain the names – even with new namesakes – would uphold the connection to two people who directly enslaved people, perpetuated damaging myths about slavery, and/or led in the genocide against Native Americans.

What criteria has the committee used to select name options? 

  • The committee is interested in names that are “aspirational,” names that communicate our goal of helping students be their best selves and make our world better (such as trailblazers or people who reach new summits).
  • The committee is also interested in names that mark our history. For instance, the name “Trailblazers” at Venable helps people honor and remember the school’s history as a site where members of the Charlottesville 12 desegregated our schools.
  • The committee is also considering names that situate the school in its unique place (for example: the neighborhood, geographic features, or nearby streets). Clark’s mountain views led to the idea of “summit.”
  • In short, we are seeking names that convey the schools’ purpose or place.

Are there criteria for names the committee will avoid?

  • The committee is avoiding new names that honor an individual.
  • In addition, the committee is avoiding geographical names with problematic associations (like Belmont or Monticello, which are both connected with plantations and slavery).

School Names Committee

Beginning in the fall of 2020, the superintendent convened a committee to review our schools’ names. The committee took a pause to address the pandemic, a new superintendent, and other matters, but is now resuming work. Updates from the committee will be posted to this page. 

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Resources for the Committee

Community member Phil Varner has compiled historical resources and information on our schools’ namesakes and the original process for naming our schools. You can find a brief introduction to the namesakes and a 56-page research compilation.

If you have additional materials that you believe are relevant and helpful, please email schoolnames@charlottesvilleschools.org so that this process can be as informed and complete as possible.

Notes from Committee Meetings (listed oldest to most recent)

Family Pacing Guides for Elementary Students

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Time To Re-Register Your Student

It’s time to complete your online re-registration forms. Update your bus requests, phone numbers, and more to get ready for next year. (This process does not guarantee a spot on the bus next year, but it will help the City make plans for next year’s school bus routes since the bus driver shortage continues.)

Help us help you! To give our partners in Pupil Transportation the best chance to serve as many students as possible, we ask you to complete the forms by June 29!

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PowerSchool logoBack-to-School Forms:

Back-to-school forms have been posted to PowerSchool (select the child you want to update first, then click “Re-Registration” at left to start the re-registration form for your child). Please fill out one re-registration per child as soon as possible.

New student?

Find new student registration information here.

To learn more:

  • Watch this video courtesy of Jackson-Via (but contact your own school!)
  • See below for tips and solutions.


A few tips:

  • Note that the PowerSchool web address has changed! https://ccssis.powerschool.com/public
  • PowerSchool may ask you to reset your password.
  • Need login help? Call your school.
  • Los formularios se pueden cambiar al español. ¿Necesitas ayuda en español? Llame al 434-245-2548.
  • New students who have registered since April 2022 do not need to be re-registered.


  • The app is great, but it doesn’t work for this purpose. Log in here: https://ccssis.powerschool.com/public
  • If you don’t see “Re-registration:”
    • You may be logged in as your student. You need to log in as an adult. Call your school for help.
    • On your phone, look for a small triangle near the top of the screen — if you click it, a menu will appear.
  • Follow all the formatting models the form offers. For instance, if they say, mm-dd-yyyy, use dashes.
  • If you don’t see all your children listed in your account, contact your school or the helpline (see next bullet) for assistance.
  • Need help? Call your school during school hours. Through June 10, after school and on weekends until 8pm, you can call 245-2955 for help.

Free/Reduced Meal applications will be posted this summer.

School Supply Lists will be posted this summer.

Teacher assignments or class schedules will be posted to PowerSchool  in mid-August.

Illustration of backpacks and hearts saying "Welcome back to school. Stay curious and have fun!"

Back to School 2022

Illustration of backpacks and hearts saying "Welcome back to school. Stay curious and have fun!"We’re ready to welcome you back on Wednesday, August 24!

This page is designed to help you have a great start to the year:

  • Free Back-to-School COVID Testing
  • Teacher Assignments/Student Schedules
  • Re-Registration (Back-to-School Forms)
  • School Supply Lists
  • Free Back to School Bash
  • Information from Your School
  • Open Houses
  • COVID Safety
  • Transportation/Walk to School Updates
  • Calendar (School Holidays, etc.)

Scroll down to learn more. Need information about something else? Call your school or let us know at goodnews@charlottesvilleschools.org.


School-Based COVID TestingBack-to-School COVID Testing (August 17, 21, and 22)

Join us for FREE COVID testing for Cville Schools staff and students:

  • Wednesday, August 17, CHS MLKPAC (come inside), 1–2pm
  • Sunday, August 21, CHS (drive-thru), 2–4pm
  • Monday, August 22, Buford (drive-thru), 4–6pm
  • Also sign up for free, weekly, in-school testing!

Learn more at charlottesvilleschools.org/covid-testing.

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illustration of clock and scheduleTeacher Assignments/Student Schedules

Assignments and schedules will be posted to PowerSchool on Wednesday, August 17 at 4pm. To find them, log into your PowerSchool portal. (And if you haven’t re-registered your returning students, do this while you’re logged in!)


PowerSchool logoRe-Registration (Back-to-School Forms)

Each fall, each returning student must be re-registered to update telephone numbers, give annual permissions, and submit any transportation requests. (If your student is new or started after April 2022, you do not need to re-register.)

To re-register, login to the PowerSchool website (not the app). Any family that has not re-registered their student should have received an email on Sunday, August 14 from 2-3pm. If you need any help re-registering or adding a child to your PowerSchool account, please call your school.


COVID school supplies (mask, hand sanitizer, books, pens, apple)School Supply Lists

Find your school’s list here. Need help with supplies? Go to the Back to School Bash (next item).


Back to School Bash Flyer. Call 245-2400 for details.Back to School Bash (August 20)

The Back to School Bash is Saturday, August 20, 10-12am at the Ting Pavilion. Learn more here.


Information from Your School

Each school will distribute customized information, such as about open houses (see next item).

Illustration of backpacks and hearts saying "Welcome back to school. Stay curious and have fun!"Open House Information (August 22-23):

  • Monday, August 22:
    • Elementary Meet and Greet Appointments, 8am–4pm,
      Look for information from your school about how to make an appointment!
    • Buford Meet and Greet, 12–4pm
    • Walker Meet and Greet, 12–4pm
    • CHS 9th Grade Orientation, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 23:
    • Buford Meet and Greet, 2–6pm
    • Walker Meet and Greet, 2–6pm
    • CHS Orientation for students taking CHS virtual classes, 4pm
    • CHS Open House, 5-7pm


COVID SafetyBack to School sign with covid safe text and school supplies

Find the latest on our COVID safety protocols here. In addition, we offer free, weekly (or one-time) COVID testing for students and staff. Even if you participated this summer or last year, learn more and sign up here.


Illustration of bikers and walkersBus/Transportation Information

If your student was assigned to a bus or waitlist, you should have received a personalized message on Sunday, August 14 around 2-3pm. The City will work to add more students to routes beginning in early October. Find more information about transportation and how we’re supporting students in our expanded walk zones here.


Calendar (School Holidays, etc.)

The easiest way to keep up with school holidays is to subscribe to our Google “Academic Calendar.” You can also subscribe to each school’s official calendar for school events. Visit charlottesvilleschools.org/calendar to learn more.