Fast Facts 2014

City population: 43,475 (2010 census)
Student enrollment (K-12): 4022 (Nov. 2013)
Out of division/ tuition students: 313

School facilities

  • 6 elementary schools (preschool-4)
  • 1 upper elementary school (5-6)
  • 1 middle school (7-8)
  • 1 high school (9-12)

Average class-size/teacher

  • K-4: 17.3 to 21:1
  • Grades 5-6: 19.5:1
  • Grades 7-8: 19.5:1
  • Grades 9-12: 21:1

Student body makeup

  • 50% male, 50% female
  • 42% black, 36% white, 10% Hispanic, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander/Hawaii, 6% other
  • Gifted education students: 29%
  • Special education students: 12%
  • ESL students: 13%
  • Languages spoken: 45+

Staff

  • Teachers: 415
  • Other staff: 352
  • 66% of teaching staff holds advanced degrees
  • Average years of experience: 14

Operating Budget

  • $70.2 million (FY14)

Per pupil expense

  • 2013:  $16,057 estimated
  • FY14 estimate: $15,519

Academic stats

  • CHS offers more than 30 college-level courses (Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment)
  • 74% of the AP exams taken by CHS students earned scores of 3 or higher
  • 5 CHS students are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists and 1 student was named National Achievement Outstanding Participant
  • 16 CHS students were commended by the 2014 National Merit Scholar program
  • SAT combined mean scores for 2013-2014 in Reading, Math, and Writing — resp., 556, 539, 531— are well above both state (518, 515, 497) and national (497, 513, 487) mean scores.

Other programs

  • Preschool programs for 4-year-olds are offered at each elementary school
  • Three-year-old preschool classes are available to eligible families
  • All elementary students in grades K-6 take art and music classes
  • Accelerated learning opportunities make it possible to earn both high school and college credits well in advance of enrollment
  • Developed in collaboration with UVA, the nation’s first Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies opened this year at Buford Middle School. The Charlottesville High School Sigma Lab opened in 2014.
  • Buford and CHS have more than 70 clubs and activities
  • CLASS afterschool programs are open to all elementary students