ANNUAL MANUAL- Schools & Kids: Schools


Albemarle v. Charlottesville

Which is better to educate your junior or juniors? Charlottesville's urban system that spends a lot of money and has incredible music programs whose students win international competitions? Or the highly rated Albemarle County School system with its mix of rural and/or affluent kids? Or is it tony/alt private schools that seem to multiply each year? We can't answer these questions, but we can provide a few leads.


# of students: 4,139

Superintendent: Rosa Atkins

Board meets: 1st & 3rd Thursday (only public meeting) at 7:30pm in the CHS library

Phone: 245-2400

Closing/cancellation line: 245-2401

Charlottesville school board

For years, Charlottesville City Council chose the seven-person board, but as of 2006 they're elected to four-year terms.

Clerk: Linda Bowen

Phone: 245-2400

Alvin Edwards, Chair (up for re-election in 2007)


Peggy VanYahres, Vice Chair (retiring in December)


Julie L. Gronlund  (retiring in December)


Charles Kollmansperger (interim)


Ned Michie


Leah Puryear


Juandiego Wade


Charlottesville elementaries (K-4)


406 14th Street NW


Principal: Lacy Peale


1645 Cherry Avenue


Principal: Vernon Bock


508 Harris Road


Principal: Elizabeth McCay


2228 Greenbrier Drive


Principal: Open as of publication date

George Rogers Clark

1000 Belmont Avenue


Principal: James Pierce


1300 Long Street


Principal: Daphne Keiser

Charlottesville middle schools

Walker Upper Elementary School (5-6)

1564 Dairy Road


Principal: Terri Perkins

Buford Middle School (7-8)

617 Ninth St. SW


Principal: Eric Johnson

Charlottesville high schools

Charlottesville High School (9-12)

"The Black Knights"

1400 Melbourne Road


Principal:Kenneth Leatherwood

CATEC (Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center)- A 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.               

Director: Darah Bonham

Phone: 973-4461 


# of students: 12,446

Superintendent: Pam Moran

Board meets: 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30pm in Room 241 of County Office Building

Phone: 296-5826

Albemarle school board

School Board members, one from each of the six magisterial district plus one at-large, are elected to serve four-year terms.

Clerk: Jennifer Johnston

Phone: 972-4055

Sue B. Friedman, Chair (retiring)

(Rivanna) 971-8338

Pamela R. Moynihan, Vice Chair 

(Rio) 973-4555

Barbara Massie Mouly

(White Hall) 823-2143

Stephen H. Koleszar

(Scottsville) 293-7262

Diantha McKeel

(Jack Jouett) 296-4931

Jon Stokes

(Samuel Miller) 295-3095

Brian Wheeler

(at-large) 978-1825

Albemarle elementaries (K-5)


3201 Berkmar Drive


Principal: Michele Del Gallo


2740 Proffit Road


Principal: David Cushman

Broadus Wood

185 Buck Mountain Road in Earlysville


Principal: Barbara Edwards


5870 Rockfish Gap Turnpike in Crozet


Principal: Jo Vining

Paul H. Cale

1757 Avon Street Extended


Principal: Lisa Jones


1407 Crozet Avenue


Principal: Karen Marcus

Mary C. Greer

190 Lambs Lane (by AHS)


Principal: Matthew Landahl 


2775 Powell Creek Drive


Principal: Claire Keiser

Meriwether Lewis

1610 Owensville Road in Ivy


Principal: Sylvia Henderson

Virginia L. Murray

3251 Morgantown Road in Ivy


Principal: Andy Grider

Red Hill

3901 Red Hill School Road in North Garden


Principal: Art Stow


7868 Scottsville Road


Principal: Nancy Teel


958 North Milton Road


Principal: Ashby Kindler

Stony Point

3893 Stony Point Road in Keswick


Principal: Carrie Neeley 


100 Woodbrook Drive


Principal: William Sterrett

B.F. Yancey

7625 Porters Road in Esmont


Principal: Alison Dwier-Selden

Albemarle middle schools (6-8)

Jackson P. Burley

901 Rose Hill Drive


Principal: Marcha Howard

J.T. Henley

5880 Rockfish Gap Turnpike in Crozet


Principal: Patrick McLaughlin

Jack Jouett

210 Lambs Lane (by AHS)


Principal: Kathryn Baylor

Mortimer Y. Sutherland

2801 Powell Creek Drive


Principal: David Rogers

Leslie H. Walton

4217 Red Hill Road


Principal: Elizabeth Agee

Albemarle High Schools (9-12)

Monticello High School

"The Mustangs"

1400 Independence Way (off Avon St.)

Principal: Billy Haun


Albemarle High School

"The Patriots"

2775 Hydraulic Road

Principal: Matthew Haas


Western Albemarle High School

"The Warriors"

5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike (in Crozet)

Principal: Chris Dyer


Murray High School

"A School of Choice"

1200 Forest Street (downtown)


Principal: Vicki Crews-Miller


Ivy Creek School

227 Lambs Lane

Principal: Michael Friedman



Greene: 985-5254

Fluvanna: 589-8208

Louisa: 540-894-5115


Orange: 540-661-4550

Nelson: 263-7100


Afton Christian School

Emphasizes character training in a Christian setting and uses the ABEKA phonics curriculum for reading. Near the Albemarle/Nelson line.

Grades K-12. 540-456-6853

Blue Ridge School

Nearly 100-year-old small, all-boys boarding school near the Shenandoah National Park south of Stanardsville in St. George.

Grades 9-12. 985-2811

Charlottesville Catholic School

Eye-catching school on Rio Road "providing a rich and challenging curriculum in a community rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and traditions of the Catholic Church." Charlottesville's only school to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon School designation. Pre-K-8. 964-0400

Charlottesville Community Jewish Day School

Integrated curriculum of general studies and Jewish/Hebrew studies in a "nurturing environment of mutual respect." K-2 with plans to add one grade each year up to 5th grade. 244-0955

Charlottesville Day School

This school opened last year and seeks to "educate the whole child." PreK-4 with 5th grade planned. 200 Four Seasons Drive in ACAC Adventure Central. 817-2371

The Covenant School

"Academic Excellence Under the Sovereignty of God" in two campuses, one facing the 250 Bypass and the other on Hickory Street. PreK-12. 220-7309 for the Lower School, 220-7329 for the Upper School. 

Charlottesville Waldorf School

One of over 100 schools nationwide that "encourage students to live with self-assurance," but the only one aiming to be the "greenest school in America," thanks to ambitious building plan incorporating eco-friendly design. PreK-8. This year the school moves its operations away from Crozet and to its new location at 722 East Rio Road. 973-4946

Einstein School

Private tutorial program for kids with learning disabilities. 1-12. 974-1991

Fork Union Military Academy

A leading college-preparatory, military boarding school for boys in grades 6-12 plus a post-grad program. Unique one-subject plan for high school students. 4744 James Madison Highway, Fork Union, 842-3212

Field School of Charlottesville

Boys' day middle school dedicated to developing "well-rounded boys of character and accomplishment" with an emphasis on rigorous academics and ample physical activity. Grades 5-6 open in fall 2007, grades 7-8 in fall 2009. 923-3435

Free Union Country School

"A curriculum centered on excellence; an environment centered on the child." PK- 5. 4220 Free Union Rd. 978-1700

Little Keswick School

Small school for boys ages 10-17 with learning, behavioral, or emotional difficulties. 295-0457

Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts

A small school for creative kids downtown to empower them to be "catalysts for creating a positive future that enhances the quality of our community and of the natural world." 7-12. 971-1647

Miller School

One of America's first coed boarding schools, its "Mind Hands and Heart" curriculum is available to both boarding and day students. Picturesque 1,600-acre scenic campus with lake and plenty of Victorian architecture. 8-12. 823-4805

Montessori Community School (AMS)

Montessori environment for toddlers, preschool, elementary, and middle school. Accredited by the American Montessori Society. 305 Rolkin Road off Rt. 250 on Pantops Mountain. Serving ages 18 months to 14 years. 979-8886

North Branch School

Folks at this Afton-area school stress a love of learning rather than focusing on grades and competition. Preschool-8. 540-456-8450

Oakland School

Coed boarding and day for children with dyslexia, learning disabilities, or organizational and study-skills difficulties. In Boyd Tavern near Keswick. Age 7-17. 293-9059

Peabody School

For intellectually advanced children, on Avon Street near Mill Creek. "Education is not filling the pail... it's lighting the fire." K-8. 296-6901

Renaissance School

Located on the Downtown Mall, this school has a rigorous college preparatory curriculum dedicated to developing Renaissance thinkers, with an honor code and an emphasis on the arts. No sports. 9-12. 984-1952

St. Anne's Belfield School

This perennial private school lacrosse power has two campuses, both in the Ivy Road area. Honor code and respect for Christian traditions including chapel are hallmarks. Grades K-12. 296-5106

Tandem Friends School

"Freedom with responsibility" in this college prep program in a spiritual community based on Quaker values and "no-cut" athletic policy. 5-12 296-1303

Village School for Girls

Girls school downtown with lots of visiting experts as teachers. 5-8. 984-4404

Woodberry Forest School

Boys boarding school near Orange that draws students from across the country for its high-powered academics and athletics. Honor code. 9-12 540-672-3900


University of Virginia- One of the world's top universities. Founded in 1825 by Thomas Jefferson. 924-0311

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Adult Eduction

UVA's School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies offers sundry courses for self-improvement and career advancement. or 982-5313

Piedmont Virginia Community College isn't 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 graduate business and Master of Education degrees. 800-Averett

National College of Business & Technology- computer classes and such. 295-0136

Virginia School of Massage- Charlottesvillians love their massages– and you could be giving them! 293-4031

Jefferson Institute of Lifelong Learning- A UVA branch with non-credit classes offering "subjects that interest active, involved seniors." 923-3600