Fast Facts for the 2015 School Year

City population: 43,475 (2010 census)
Student enrollment (K-12): 4101 (Oct. 2014)
Out of division/ tuition students: 288

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

  • 51% male, 49% female
  • 39% white, 38% black,11% Hispanic/Latino, 6% Asian/Pacific Islander/Hawaii, 6% other
  • Gifted education students: 21% of K-12 students
  • Special education students: 13%
  • ESL students: 10%
  • Languages spoken: 31

Staff

  • Teachers: 421
  • Other staff: 351
  • 67% of teaching staff holds advanced degrees
  • Average years of experience: 14

Operating Budget

  • $72.3 million (FY15)

Per pupil expense

  • FY14 estimate: $15,519
  • FY 15 estimate: $16,013

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-4 take art, music, and Spanish
  • Students can choose to earn a college associate's degree while at Charlottesville High School-- and other AP and dual enrollment opportunities abound.
  • Developed in collaboration with UVA, the nation’s first Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies opened in 2013 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