Walker Upper Elementary
Mr. Vernon Bock, Principal
Ms. Christie Henson
Mr. Brad Taylor
1564 Dairy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Home of the Wolverines!
Walker Upper Elementary
Walker Upper Elementary School is focused squarely on academics in the context of the crucial age group it serves. Children in grades 5-6 enjoy a balanced curriculum that maintains a focus on learning, while also nurturing spontaneity and curiosity. Since early attitudes about school often pave the way to higher education, Walker teachers guide students in their progress toward high school graduation and beyond, delivering support and challenges as needed by the student. An active Quest program engages and challenges young minds.
Students at Walker are organized into teams so that students strengthen relationships with teachers and peers. Staff continually assesses what children are learning and what can be done to support them. Midterm tests, benchmark assessments, and reading inventories regularly gather information on student progress and mastery.
Starting this year, sixth-graders are enrolled in Spanish 1 for high school credit. These students began learning español when CCS piloted Spanish classes in kindergarten and grade one. Each year, as these students advanced, CCS expanded the program with the goal of reinforcing concepts that students are learning in math, science, and history, as well as preparing students for world languages. ¡Qué bueno!
Meet the Principal
Principal Vernon Bock joined Walker after serving as Principal of Johnson Elementary. He has a B.S. from Shenandoah University in Mathematics, an M.S. from Shenandoah University in computer science and educational technology, and an M.S. from Shenandoah University in Educational Administration and Supervision. He taught math for five years and was an assistant principal prior to becoming principal. He is married and has two daughters and a son. He enjoys spending time rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking with his family.
The Walker PTO supports the school in fostering community and providing financial assistance for community-based initiatives. Community Night is an opportunity for parents and kids to socialize and share a meal. Open mike session offers kids a chance to perform. Bingo/Silent Auction nights help raise funds for school projects. Math and Science Night engages parents and kids in math games and science experiments that their children have used in class.
Volunteering helps parents connect with their child's school and teachers. As one parents says, “My engagement in the PTO truly helped provide me with a sense of what was going on at the school--to get to know teachers, the administration, and many of the children. The school was no longer a building, but a positive learning environment with committed teachers, administrators and great kids."
Fine arts are important at Walker! Each child chooses one enriching art as a focus. Students enjoy the benefits of a very active music program, including orchestra, band, jazz band, and chorus, as well as visual arts instruction. Drama acquaints students with performing and production skills. See the Fine Arts page for details.
Walker is the After-School Place to Be!
Walker offers an exceptional variety of activities as part of the EDGE (Extended Day Generates Excellence) program, an after-school program that offers recreational and academic activities.
What Parents Say about Walker
My daughter feels empowered and supported at Walker and it seems tailor-made for her needs.”
"Walker has been a great school for our kids. My child's teachers were excellent and communicated very effectively via e-mail and in person.”