The Appomattox County School division serves approximately 2,300 students housed in four schools, all of which are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. Our schools are Appomattox Primary (grades PK-2), Appomattox Elementary (grades 3-5), Appomattox Middle School (grades 6-8), and Appomattox County High School (grades 9-12).
Appomattox County takes pride in its schools, especially the fact that they represent a partnership of students, parents, educators, and community role models. The school division is also proud to be the largest employer in Appomattox County with a staff of over 200 professional and 180 support staff employees.
Each of the four County schools present students with modern instructional programs utilizing the latest research-based practices in teaching and learning. School programs provide instruction, direction and support for students to develop fundamental skills and processes essential for the lifelong acquisition of knowledge. A diversified instructional program provides educational opportunities commensurate with the ability, maturity, achievement and aspirations of students.
Student achievement is the priority of the school division. The Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) provide the framework for the K-12 instructional program. Students are involved in a variety of learning experiences that focus on the state standards in language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. Staff at each of the schools utilize pacing guides and benchmark tests to drive and assess student learning.
In addition to these core academic areas, the division offers a wide array of programs to assist students in developing their intellectual, physical, social and emotional capabilities. Specialists in art, music and special education provide instruction at all levels. Guidance and counseling services, a school psychologist, visiting teacher, programs for the academically talented, and after school tutorial and summer remedial programs are also available for students. Resource teachers in the area of reading assist students at the primary and elementary schools through Title I funding and special education services are provided for children ages 2 through 21.
A fully equipped and staffed library media center is the hub of each school. A wide variety of print and technology materials enable students to pursue interests and school research. Furthermore, the school division has been a leader in this region in the use of technology. Each classroom is equipped with several networked, multimedia, Internet connected computers. Several interactive white boards are installed and used at each school. Each school has at least two labs of computers for large group instruction. There is also at least one mobile computer lab in each school. Specialty areas such as mathematics, business, Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD) and desktop publishing classes use dedicated computer labs as a part of the instructional program. Distance learning and Internet-based classes are also available.
Through a cooperative arrangement with Central Virginia Community College, high school students are offered the opportunity to take college credit courses at CVCC in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), machine tools, welding, CISCO systems and Emergency Medical Technician. A required college level math course for these students will be offered as an Internet-based course at the high school. Additional offerings through CVCC are available through the Early College Cohort in which students take college level classes during their junior and senior years, yielding an Associate’s Degree at the same time they graduate from high school. Additional CVCC classes are available to high school students.
Students at the high school participate in a number of extracurricular activities. A wide range of competitive sports is played each year on the varsity and junior varsity levels under the auspices of the Virginia High School League. The high school also participates in academic competitions as part of VHSL program. Raider teams have been competitive and won numerous district titles as well as regional and state crowns.
The progress and success of the school division is shown in its graduates. In recent years, more than half of the high school graduates have met the requirements for an advanced studies diploma. Nearly two-thirds have successfully completed at least one vocational program sequence, thus are deemed to have entry-level job skills in that field. Each year, many graduates elect to continue their education at the two or four year collegiate level. As a result, recent graduates have been accepted at such prestigious institutions as the University of Virginia, College of William and Mary, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, Lynchburg College, Liberty University, and the United States Naval Academy.
The school division offers adult literacy programs, GED classes, and job skill development to adults within the community. This is based at the Adult Learning Center at CVCC at 136B Carver Lane.