Charlottesville City Public Schools

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Charlottesville City Schools
United States
School typePublic, School division
MottoNeighborhood Schools. Great Teachers. Infinite Possibilities.
SuperintendentDr. Rosa Atkins [1]
Enrollment4,340 [2] (October 2018)
Athletics conferenceJefferson District
Virginia High School League

Charlottesville City Schools, also known as Charlottesville City Public Schools, is the school division that administers public education in the United States city of Charlottesville, Virginia. The current superintendent is Dr. Rosa Atkins.


The school system comprises four levels of school which are, in order from earliest to latest: Elementary, Academy, Middle and High schools.

Elementary schools[edit]

The city schools system has six elementary schools which teach Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade and Fourth Grade.

  • Burnley-Moran Elementary
  • Clark Elementary
  • Greenbrier Elementary
  • Jackson-Via Elementary
  • Johnson Elementary
  • Venable Elementary

Upper Elementary school[edit]

Unlike most traditional American school systems, Charlottesville City schools have an Upper Elementary which adds an additional step between Elementary school and Middle/Jr. High school. The school is Walker Upper Elementary school and it teaches Fifth grade and Sixth grade. Walker Elementary is named after Hazewell H. Walker, who was a teacher in the school system. He was also a Rotarian.[3]

Middle school[edit]

Buford Middle school is the system's middle school. It teaches Seventh grade and Eighth grade.

High school[edit]

The system has only one high school which is Charlottesville High School. It teaches Ninth grade, Tenth grade, Eleventh grade and Twelfth grade.


Charlottesville's public schools were segregated for decades. Despite the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the school board refused to integrate. A lawsuit representing black students from Burley High School and the Jefferson School led the city to undertake the strategy of Massive Resistance, closing the public schools to avoid integrating.


  1. ^ "Leadership". Charlottesville City Schools. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". Charlottesville City Schools. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Mayor Fife to Unveil Walker Portrait at HS". Charlottesville-Albemarle Tribune. May 9, 1974.

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