Gloucester County Public Schools

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Gloucester County Public Schools is a Virginia public school division serving Gloucester County, Virginia.

The school division operates eight schools: five elementary (grades K-5), two intermediate (grades 6-8), and one high school (grades 9-12). There have been numerous proposals for the school system to switch to year-round school like a few neighboring counties, but the board has rejected each proposal.

Elementary schools[edit]

In Gloucester County the five elementary schools start class at 8:00 am and end 3:30 pm. The five schools are as follows:

Abingdon (panthers),[1] Achilles (vikings),[2] Bethel (bears),[3] Botetourt (bulldogs),[4] and Petsworth (patriots).[5]

Unlike the middle and high schools, these schools give a group of around twenty students to a teacher for a whole school year.[6]

Middle schools[edit]

Gloucester County also has two middle schools that start at 7:45 am with homeroom and end at 2:30 pm. The schools' names are Peasley (lions), and Page (eagles).[7][8] In 2011, part of Page Middle School was destroyed by a tornado that passed through the area.[9][10] The 6th and 7th grades of Page were moved to Peasley the following school year while the 8th grade of Peasley and Page were moved to trailers located near the Gloucester High School campus. Page was rebuilt in a different location on TC Walker Rd, and opened for use September 2015.

High school[edit]

The county has one high school, simply called Gloucester High School (GHS). The school mascot is the former Duke of Gloucester, and school hours are 7:40 am to 2:40 pm.[11] Advanced classes are offered in language and mathematics. In mathematics, attendees can take courses two years before they are required, and in language, students can take "advanced language", which is at a higher level than their peers.[12]

Transgender policy in Gloucester[edit]

In December 2014, the GCPS Board passed a policy to restrict the use of its schools' single-sex bathroom and locker room facilities "to the corresponding biological genders".[13][14] The policy was made after receiving a complaint about a student, Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy attending Gloucester High School.[13][14] Grimm sued the Board,[15] and won in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.[13][14] Then in August 2016, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the Circuit Court's decision, and in October 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the case.[16]


  1. ^ Abingdon Website Archived 2007-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Achilles Website Archived October 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Bethel Website Archived February 28, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Botetourt Website Archived 2009-02-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Petsworth Website Archived June 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Elementary Schools Archived September 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Page Middle School Archived September 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Peasley Middle School Archived September 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Elsa Cooke Verbyla, "Powerful tornado strikes Gloucester: Three dead; Page Middle School devastated", Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, April 18, 2011.
  10. ^ Matt Sabo, "Middle school staff, students join forces", Daily Press, April 21, 2011.
  11. ^ Gloucester High School Archived 2007-08-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Gloucester County Public Schools Archived September 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ a b c Fausset, Richard (April 19, 2016). "Appeals Court Favors Transgender Student in Virginia Restroom Case". New York Times. Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b c G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board (4th Cir.), Opinion of the Court, April 19, 2016
  15. ^ "Complaint against Gloucester County School Board" (PDF). PacerMonitor. PacerMonitor. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Barnes, Robert; Balingit, Moriah (October 28, 2016). "Supreme Court takes up school bathroom rules for transgender students". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 

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