Charlottesville High School
William Clendaniel, Principal
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Mr. Lawrence Clarke
Mr. Matthew Hills
Ms. Jennifer Smith
Embrace Diversity and Inspire Dreams!
Extraordinary Students, Extraordinary School
Charlottesville High School is home of the Black Knights, serving nearly 1200 students in grades 9-12. As the flagship high school in the Charlottesville community, the CHS motto is “Embrace Diversity and Inspire Dreams.”
Black Knight pride is on display at the school throughout the year. Numerous recognitions are awarded to students, based on nominations by fellow students and staff. Black Knight Pride Awards are given daily to students and teachers for exemplary service to CHS as well as monthly awards.
The Knightly News, a monthly newsletter for CHS parents, is mailed to parents six times a year. CHS has a supportive PTO that, in addition to supporting student and staff activities, hosts informational sessions throughout the year. The CHS Program of Studies offers challenging classes, a variety of electives, and it has one of the state‘s largest selections of Advanced Placement courses, as well as dual enrollment agreements with the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College.
CHS students are accepted at top colleges around the world and honored by many awards and recognitions in all areas of learning. In spring 2011, approximately 260 students took 619 Advanced Placement exams for the largest AP testing event ever at CHS. Ninety percent of the scores earned were 3 or above, and 56% of the tests taken earned scores of 4 or 5. AP scores have consistently been in this range for a decade at CHS!
One of the most important initiatives for the coming year is BLAST (Blended Learning to Advance Student Thinking) which will give each CHS student a tablet computer to use in school and at home. The devices will extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom to a global environment that includes videoconferencing, electronic textbooks, and multimedia resources. Students in grades 6-12 will be issued tablet computers but computers at Buford and Walker will remain at school on carts.