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Albemarle County Schools
Charlottesville City Schools
Private Schools
Regional Schools
Adult and Community Enrichment
Nearby School Systems

Colleges and Universities

Public v. Private
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 with students who win international competitions, or the highly rated Albemarle County system with its mix of rural and/or affluent kids? Or is it the private schools that seem to multiply each year? We can't answer these questions, but we can provide a few leads.

Albemarle County Schools

# of students: 12,986
Phone: 296-5893

Superintendent: Dr. Pam Moran
Secretary: Jessica Sheehan             Phone: 296-5826        

Albemarle school board

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

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 296-5893                           

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 6:00 in Room 241 of the County Office Building for regular work sessions

(Rivanna) 973-2199

(Samuel Miller) 973-3815

(Jack Jouett) 296-4931
(Rio) 973-4464

(White Hall) 465-5156

(Scottsville) 293-7262

(At-Large) 984-2233

Albemarle Elementaries (Grades K-5)

3201 Berkmar Drive
Principal: Michele Del Gallo

2740 Proffit Road
Principal: Dave Cushman

Broadus Wood
185 Buck Mountain Road, Earlysville
Principal: Barbara Edwards

5870 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet
Principal: Jo Vining

Paul H. Cale
1757 Avon Street Ext.
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, Ivy
Principal: Kimberly Cousins

Virginia L. Murray
3251 Morgantown Road
Principal: Mark Green

Red Hill
3901 Red Hill School Road, North Garden
Principal: Art Stow

7868 Scottsville Road
Principal: Nancy Teel

958 North Milton Road
Principal: Ashby Kindler

Stony Point
3893 Stony Point Road near Keswick
Principal: Carrie Neeley 

100 Woodbrook Drive
Principal: Lisa Molinaro

B.F. Yancey
7625 Porters Road, Esmont
Principal: Alison Dwier-Selden

Albemarle Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)

Jackson P. Burley
901 Rose Hill Drive
Principal: Sharon Amato-Wilcox

J.T. Henley
5880 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet
Principal: Dr. Patrick McLaughlin

Jack Jouett
210 Lambs Lane
Principal: Kathryn Baylor

Mortimer Y. Sutherland
2801 Powell Creek Drive
Principal: Dave Rogers

Leslie H. Walton
4217 Red Hill Road
Principal: Betsy Agee

Community Public Charter School 901 Rose Hill Drive                     972-1607

Albemarle High Schools (Grades 9-12)

Albemarle High School
"The Patriots"
2775 Hydraulic Road
Principal: Jay Thomas

Monticello High School
"The Mustangs"
1400 Independence Way
Principal: Dr. Catherine Worley

Western Albemarle High School
"The Warriors"
5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
Principal: Dave Francis

Murray High School
"A School of Choice"
1200 Forest Street
Principal: Dr. Vicki Miller

Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) 1000 East Rio Road                     973-4461                                    Director: Darah Bonham                   (see Charlottesville public schools)

Math, Engineering, & Science Academy 2775 Hydraulic Road (in the new Science wing of Albemarle High School)

Regional School

PREP/Ivy Creek School
227 Lambs Lane
Principal: Michael Friedman

Adult and Community Enrichment Classes

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! 971-1616

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.


Other nearby county systems:

Augusta: 540-245-5100
Fluvanna: 589-8208
Greene: 985-5254
Louisa: 540-894-5115
Nelson: 263-7100
Orange: 540-661-4550




Charlottesville City Schools

# of students: 3,826
Phone: 245-2400
Closing/cancellation line: 245-2401


Charlottesville school board

What once was a board chosen by the Charlottesville City Council is now a seven member elected body.

Clerk: Linda Bowen

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 245-2400

Board Meets: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6:00 in the Booker T. Reaves Media Center of Charlottesville High School                                        

, Chair

, Vice Chair






Charlottesville Elementaries (Grades K-4)

406 14th Street NW
Principal: Dr. James Mathieson

1645 Cherry Avenue
Principal: Vernon Bock

508 Harris Road
Principal: Dr. Elizabeth McCay

2228 Greenbrier Drive
Principal: James Kyner

George Rogers Clark
1000 Belmont Avenue
Principal: Gena Keller

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)
1000 Cherry Avenue
Principal: Eric Johnson

Charlottesville High Schools

Charlottesville High School (9-12)
"The Black Knights"
1400 Melbourne Road
Principal: Dr. Thomas Taylor

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: Darah Bonham

Private Schools

Afton Christian School
Emphasizes character training in a Christian setting and uses the ABEKA phonics curriculum for reading. Near the Albemarle/Nelson line. K-12. Headmaster: Lori Knight. 9357 Critzer Shop Road in Afton. 540-456-6853

Blue Ridge School
After celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009, this all-boys boarding school's campus is being led by a new Headmaster.  The campus is near the Shenandoah National Park in St. George at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grades 9-12. Headmaster: Dr. John O'Reilly. 273 Mayo Drive. 985-2811

Charlottesville Catholic School
Eye-catching school "providing a rich and challenging curriculum in a community rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and traditions of the Catholic Church." Pre-K-8. Principal: Alan Yost. 1205 Pen Park Road. 964-0400

Charlottesville Day School
This school that opened 2006 seeks to "educate the whole child." Progressive, research-based, differentiated instruction individually geared to each student. Pre-K-6. Head of School: Stacey Bruns. 200 Four Seasons Drive in ACAC Adventure Central. 817-2371

The Covenant School
"Academic Excellence Under the Sovereignty of God" in two campuses. The lower school faces the 250 Bypass, and the upper school is on Hickory Street near Fifth Street Ext. Pre-K-12. Headmaster: Dr. Ronald Sykes. 220-7309 (lower school, Pre-K-6) 220-7329 (upper school, 7-12). 

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 an ambitious building plan incorporating eco-friendly design. Pre-K-8. 120 Waldorf School Road.  973-4946

Einstein School
Personalized education in small classes of no more than five students, with most teaching happening on a one-to-one basis. 180 Townwood Road. 974-1991

Fork Union Military Academy
A leading college-preparatory, military boarding school for boys plus a post-grad program. Unorthodox one-subject plan for high school students is a hallmark of the academic tradition. 6-12. President: Lt.Gen. John Jackson USAF (ret.). 4744 James Madision Highway, Fork Union. 842-3212

Field School of Charlottesville
All-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 5-8. Head of School: Dr. Todd Barnett.
1408 Crozet Avenue, Crozet. 923-3435

Free Union Country School
Elementary program that aims to foster "independence, responsibility, self-confident decision -making and each child's natural desire to learn."  Encourages parent involvement.
Pre-K-5. Director: Carolyn Lawlor. 4220 Free Union Road. 978-1700

Little Keswick School
This small boarding school for boys
with learning, behavioral, or emotional difficulties ages 10-15 at admission was founded in 1963 and is sitting on 25-acres of land. Headmaster: Marc J. Columbus. 500 Little Keswick Drive (physical address). 295-0457

Living Education Center for Ecology and the Arts
This small school for creative kids empowers them to be "catalysts for creating a positive future that enhances the quality of our community and of the natural world." Grades 8-12. School Director: Ernie Reed. 610 Farish Street. 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. Grades 8-12. 1000 Samuel Miller Loop. Headmaster: Rick France. 823-4805

Montessori School of Charlottesville
Montessori environment for toddlers and preschool (21 months-6 years). Accredited by the American Montessori Society, it has three locations: 631 Cutler Lane, 1602 Gordon Avenue, and at the JABA day care center at 674 Hillsdale Drive (3-6 years old). 295-9055

Mountaintop Montessori
Montessori education for pre-K-8, and even classes for children ages 6 to 24 months with parental accompaniment. Their mission is to "stir up life, but leave it free to develop." 305 Rolkin Road on Pantops Mountain. 979-8886 

North Branch School
They stress a love of learning rather than grades and competition. Still, alumni have been admitted to some of the nation's most competitive colleges. Pre-K-8. 221 Mickens Road in Afton. 540-456-8450

Oakland School
Co-ed boarding and day for children with learning disabilities ranging from dyslexia to visual and/or auditory processesing disorders, as well as organizational and study skills difficulties. Ungraded curriculum allows children to progress with ease and comfort. In Boyd Tavern near Keswick. Age 7-14 at admission. 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. Head of School: Renee Henslee. 1232 Stoney Ridge Road. 296-6901

Renaissance School
Located on historic Court Square, this school offers a rigorous, integrated, and arts-centered college prep curriculum dedicated to developing Renaissance thinkers. Classes are small, seminar-style, and engaging. Curriculum is complemented by independent study programs during junior and senior years. Graduating seniors are routinely admitted to first choice colleges with scholarship. Grades 9-12. 418 East Jefferson Street. 984.1952.

St. Anne's Belfield School
Charlottesville's oldest independent school, this perennial private school lacrosse power has two campuses, both in the Ivy Road area. Honor codes and respect for Christian traditions including chapel are hallmarks. K-12. Head of School: David S. Lourie. 2132 Ivy Road. 296-5106

Tandem Friends School
"Freedom with responsibilty" characterizes this college prep program in a spiritual community based on Quaker values and a "no-cut" athletic policy. Grades 5-12. Head of School: Paul B. Perkinson. 279 Tandem Lane, near Avon St. Ext. 296-1303

Village School for Girls
All-girls school downtown employing lots of visiting experts as teachers in addition to a core faculty. Grades 5-8. 215 East High St. 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. Grades 9-12. Headmaster: Dr. Dennis M. Campbell. 898 Woodberry Forest Road. 540-672-3900

Colleges & Universities

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


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