Schools and Kids
Public v. Private
# of students: 13,166 est. (2013)
Superintendent: Dr. Pam Moran
There are a total of seven School Board members, one from each of the six magisterial districts plus one at-large, who are elected to serve four-year terms and must be a resident within their district.
Clerk: Jennifer Johnston
Board meets: 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month at 6:30pm in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building for regular board meetings and at 6:00pm in Room 241 of the County Office Building for regular work sessions.
Albemarle Elementaries (Grades K-5)
Paul H. Cale
Mary C. Greer
Virginia L. Murray
Albemarle Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)
Mortimer Y. Sutherland
Leslie H. Walton
901 Rose Hill Drive
Albemarle High Schools (Grades 9-12)
Albemarle High School
Monticello High School
Western Albemarle High School
Murray High School
1000 East Rio Road
Math, Engineering, & Science Academy 2775 Hydraulic Road (in the new Science wing of Albemarle High School)
PREP/Ivy Creek School
Charlottesville Parks & Rec - Golf, tennis, etc. 970-3264
Albemarle Parks & Rec - Smatterings of sports, plus yoga, aerobics, and camps for kids. 296-5844
CATEC - See Charlottesville public school listings. 973-4461
Alliance Française - Apprenez français! Also: special events. 260-0640
Charlottesville Cooking School - Guess what you learn how to do here? 963-2665
Seasonal Cook - More courses of the culinary sort. 295-9355
Atlantic Coast Athletic Club - Get that blood pumping! 978-3800
Albemarle Fire & Rescue - Learn how to save a life. 296-5833
Albemarle County Adult Education - ESOL, GED, workplace training, citizenship and business classes, basic computer skills, and more. 296-3872
Families in Crisis - a federally-funded project meant to help homeless children and youth go to school, stay in school, and succeed in school. 296-3872
Migrant Education - Helping the children of migrant workers go to school. 296-3872
Open Doors - Offers education classes as well as driving improvement, motorcycle safety, and hunting classes. Includes listing of all courses offered.
# of students: 3,979 (2013)
Superintendent: Dr. Rosa Atkins
What once was a board chosen by the Charlottesville City Council is now a seven member elected body.
Clerk: Leslie Thacker
Board Meets: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6:00 in the Booker T. Reaves Media Center of Charlottesville High School
Charlottesville Elementaries (Grades K-4)
George Rogers Clark
Charlottesville Middle Schools
Charlottesville High Schools
Charlottesville High School (9-12)
Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) Joint project of City and County, this Rio Road complex teaches auto repair, culinary arts, video production, early childhood education, carpentry, electricity, masonry and courses needed for health careers. 973-4461 Director: Adam Hastings
Afton Christian School
Blue Ridge School
Charlottesville Catholic School
The Covenant School
Charlottesville Waldorf School
Fork Union Military Academy
Free Union Country School
Little Keswick School
Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts
Montessori School of Charlottesville
St. Anne's Belfield School
Tandem Friends School
Village School for Girls
Woodberry Forest School
University of Virginia - One of the world's top universities. Founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. 924-0311
UVA's School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies offers sundry courses for self-improvement and career advancement. 982-5313
UVA's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program allows folks who started their degree but didn't finish to finally earn their diploma. 243-2557
Piedmont Virginia Community College Not quite as famous as UVA, but it's supposed to be one of the best-kept educational secrets around. 977-3900
Mary Baldwin College This Staunton-based institution offers an adult degree program with over 30 majors right here at PVCC. 961-5422
Old Dominion University The Tidewater-based institution's "Teletechnet" program offers part-time classes at PVCC toward an ODU degree. 800-968-2638
Averett University This Danville-based institution offers undergraduate business degrees and an MBA. 791-5600
National College offers programs in business, computers, paralegal, medical, and more. 295-0136
Virginia School of Massage Charlottesvillians love their massages— and you could be giving them! 293-4031
Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning A UVA branch with non-credit classes founded in 2001 offering "subjects that interest active, involved seniors." 923-3600
Stuff to do with kids!
There's plenty to do with the whole family, rain or shine, winter, spring, summer or fall. Here's a list of some of what Charlottesville — and the surrounding areas — have to offer.
Virginia Discovery Museum
East end of the Downtown Mall – A hands-on, interactive children's museum for kids ages 1-13 featuring 12 permanent exhibits, rotating exhibits in the Discovery Corner, and changing Back Gallery exhibits. Other ongoing programs include Magic School Bus, Poetry Clubs, Tuesday Travelers, Toddler Times, Friday Fun and drop-in art projects. Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm. Closed Sun. $6 all ages except under 1 year old free; $75 annually for a family membership or the $125 explorer membership, which gets you into 160 different kids museums nationwide. 977-1025.
Jefferson-Madison Regional Libraries
Some of the best programming for kids around. In addition to regular story times, all eight branches host a wide variety of classes, clubs, reading groups, game nights, workshops, performances, and all kinds of fun for kids of all ages all year 'round. And they also lend books. 979-7151.
The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center
In Darden Towe Park, Rt. 20 north – This hands-on facility commemorates the hometown origins of Lewis and Clark's westward journey. While the museum buildings have yet to go up, tours of full-size replicas of a keelboat, pirogues, and dugout canoes– water craft used on the first leg of the expedition– are available by appointment and cost $150 for 1-9 people; $200 for 10-19; and $300 for 20-30, with funds going to completion of the museum. All replicas were constructed at the site by young volunteers using hand tools and historic techniques. Regular hours will resume when construction is complete. 979-2425.
McCormick Road at the top of Observatory Hill – UVA's astronomy department opens the dome at the observatory and allows visitors to step up to three research telescopes for awesome views of the heavens. Department staff and graduate students answer questions and narrate a slide show. First and third Friday nights (weather permitting) 9-11pm DST. 7-9pm EST. Free. 924-7494.
Putt Putt Golf Course
1515 Putt-Putt Place – Legendary miniature golf, with two 18-hole courses suitable for even the smallest golfers. A hole-in-one still wins a discounted game. Open daily March 1 - November 30, 10am-11pm, depending on weather. $6 per person. 973-5509.
ACAC Adventure Central
200 Four Seasons Dr.– With a three-pool water park complete with slides and fountains, classrooms, indoor playstructures, tennis courts, and an indoor sports arena, Adventure Central is home to a summer camp, an after-school program, birthday parties, and sports academies in the summer and winter. 978-7529.
Kegler's Bowling Lanes
2000 Seminole Trail – There are lots of family perks at this bowling alley, including bumpers available on all lanes to help little bowlers keep the ball out of the gutter, a refurbished arcade room, billiard tables, and a snack bar. Mon-Fri. before 5pm: $12 per person, including shoes, unlimited time until 5pm; after 5pm and all weekends $17 per person, including shoes, for two hours. 978-3999.
UVA sports, various locations
Football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and lots of other competitive sports are very accessible for families at the university. Sports fans can find some sort of game or match several times a week during the school year and even some during the summer. Kids up to 8th grade can sign up for Cavman's Crew to get seven free admissions in six sports, freebies, and meet and greet opportunities. Check www.virginiasports.com for schedules. Call the UVA ticket office for information, ticket prices, and kids club sign up: 924-8821.
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Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W. Broad St., Richmond – Hands-on and interactive exhibits make science fun for the whole family. Exciting rotating exhibits and an engaging array of permanent displays, IMAX movies, planetarium shows, special events, and lots more. Check website for hours and admission fees. 800-659-1727 or 804-864-1400.
Children's Museum of Richmond
2626 W. Broad St., Richmond – An award-winning place for kids ages 12 and under to learn while they play. Lots of active, hands-on, entertaining displays, rotating exhibits, and special events and programs. Check website for hours and admission fees. 804-474-2667 or 804-474-7000.
Frontier Culture Museum
Rt. 250 west in Staunton or exit 222 from I-81 – A unique experiential museum portraying the historical context of our immigrant ancestors with authentic 17th, 18th, and 19th century working farms and costumed interpreters from Germany, Northern Ireland, England, and the Shenandoah Valley. Daily: 9am-5pm. Winter hours: Dec. 1 - mid-March; 10am-4pm. Adult $10, children 6-12 $6, under 6 free. 540-332-7850.
Three of the closest to town are Carter Mountain Orchard (977-1833) next to Michie Tavern, which offers apples, peaches, and stunning mountain-top views in the summer, Chiles Peach Orchard (823-1583) near Croze,t which also grows apples, cherries, peaches, strawberries, and pumpkins in the fall, and The Berry Patch (963-0659) which has blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries in the spring.
The Gypsy Express
Charlottesville has plenty of parks, sure, but we dare say Staunton has something more thrilling for tots than any playground slide: a miniature train in Gypsy Hill Park. Revived by a nonprofit a few summers ago after several years of flooding and track problems that kept it out of service, volunteers now operate it on weekends during warm months. The train loops around a narrow-gauge track complete with two bridges and two tunnels. Can you scream? "You're supposed to; otherwise the engineer goes to sleep," says the nonprofit's president, John Zinn. It's $1 a ride, which consists of four loops— "unless they lose count," notes Zinn, "and then you get five." And if your tots get bored riding the rails, they'll perk up when you stroll over to the adjacent duck pond and give them some healthy duck treats available from vending machines. (Bread isn't good for them.) Operates May-Oct, Sat. 12pm-6pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm. 540-885-0513.
Boys and Girls Club
The goal here is to "help youth from all backgrounds (with a special concern for youth from disadvantaged circumstances) develop qualities and skills needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Trained staff provide programs that enhance character and self esteem, are educational and fun, and contribute to the development of youth by allowing the member to realize and reach their full potential." With locations at Cherry Avenue, Southwood, and Jack Jouett Middle School, it's for children ages 6-18. Fees range from $35 to $50, depending on the club's location. Their administrative office is located at 1000 B Cherry Ave. 971-9400.
Part of the Boy Scouts of America and Stonewall Jackson Area Council, the Monticello District includes troops all over Charlottesville as well as Albemarle, Orange, Madison, Fluvanna, and Greene Counties. with programs for boys ages 7-21 and girls 14-21. Info: 434-964-0880 or district executive firstname.lastname@example.org.
It all starts right here for the young scout. The Monticello District is home to nearly three dozen different packs in Charlottesville, Albemarle and surounding counties. 434-964-0880 or email@example.com.
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council
Unlike Boy Scouts who help old ladies across the street and get to dance around campfires at their Order of the Arrow induction, Girl Scouts "inspires girls ages 5-17 with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service so that they may become happy and resourceful citizens." Based in Roanoke but with troops in 36 counties across Central Virginia. 540-777-5100.
The Charlottesville/Albemarle 4-H Program
Operates locally through the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. It offers many exciting activities for hands-on projects, camping experiences, workshops and contests, and programs offered through local schools. Ten different 4-H Clubs give kids ages 5-18 a way to get together with others who have similar interests, including leadership, llamas, livestock, dogs and horses, ecology, botany, bees, and more. Check here for more info and contacts for clubs. 872-4580.
Young Women Leaders Program
For middle school-aged girls, this mentoring program pairs girls with "Big Sisters" from UVA. The program includes twice-weekly meetings throughout the school year. 924-9732.