Jackson-Via Elementary School
Jackson-Via Elementary School is a fully accredited child-centered school serving approximately 250 students in preschool through grade four. The school serves portions of Fry's Spring, Ridge Street, South First Street, and Prospect Avenue, as well as Belmont-Carlton, Willoughby, and Willoughby Townes. The community is comprised largely of single-family homes and apartments. Most students ride a bus to school. The mascot is the jackrabbit. 
School Population (June 2011)
- Enrollment: 244
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 2.9%
- Black: 54.9%
- Hispanic: 15.6%
- White: 26.2%
- Unspecified: 0.4%
- ESL students: 30.4%
- Gifted students: 12.3%
- Special Education students: 18.9%
- Pupil/teacher ratio: 17:1
Whatever it Takes…
Jackson-Via is known for its welcoming atmosphere and nurturing culture. Meeting the needs of each individual student and providing quality learning experiences are top priorities for the staff. We focus on the development and engagement of students, staff, parents, and our community. Relationships among adults and children support a loving atmosphere where students are challenged to learn and grow as individuals.
The instructional program addresses children’s early childhood development and learning while focusing on and supporting academic achievement in the upper grades. Specialists in Reading, Mathematics, Gifted Education, and English as a Second Language enhance both the overall instructional program and individual student learning.
Jackson-Via’s special education department is home to the city’s elementary programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The professionals and support staff specialize in the use of assistive technology, sensory processing challenges, total communication, as well as augmentative and alternative communication, and believe that every child can learn, no matter what challenges they face.
Jackson-Via strives daily to live by our school motto: "As lifelong learners, we do whatever it takes to do our best, to become our best, and to help others reach that goal."
Students regularly use SMART boards, computers, and Flip cameras to create and present information and research. The school utilizes WordPress websites and blogs to help students learn about and use the Read/Write Web. Students have explored blogging through an afterschool computer club and class projects.
Some staff and volunteers at Jackson-Via maintain their own blogs and web sites.
Jackson-Via Elementary School takes its name from two eminent Charlottesville educators: Nannie Cox Jackson and Betty Davis Via. The school opened in 1969, as the city’s first elementary school that was planned and built as a desegregated elementary school. In 2008, the students, staff, and the community created a mosaic symbolically representing the arms of the school reaching out to the community.
The idea for Jackson-Via was conceived in October, 1966. The Superintendent of Charlottesville Public Schools, Dr. Edward Rushton, charged a group of teachers and administrators with the responsibility of developing specifications for a school specifically adapted to Charlottesville students. Jackson-Via was originally scheduled to open September of 1969, but because of construction delays, it did not open to receive students until September 8, 1970. Jackson-Via existed as a school with its own staff and students during 1969-70, but they were housed in the Clark and Johnson Schools.
Principals of Jackson-Via School
- Scott Hamrick, 1969-76
- Toby Frescolm, 1976 (Acting)
- Dr. William Chapman, 1976-78
- Bonnie Wescott, 1978-79
- Ida Hathaway, 1979-80 (Acting)
- Freddie Murray, 1980-87
- James Henderson, 1987-88 (Acting)
- Mozell Booker, 1988-90
- Valeta Paige, 1990-2003
- ElizaBeth McCay, 2003-2011
- Tracie Daniels, 2011 - 
Remembering Jackson-Via School
Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Memories
Lamb visits Jackson-Via. Photo by Nancy Lambert, February 2012.
ESL students from Iraq and Nepal. Photo by Lisa Utz, October 2011.
Fall 2008 - Spring 2011 Memories
Winner of the Nancy Lambert Award - May, 2011
Winner of Patricia Wilthew Award - May, 2010.
Fall 2005 - Spring 2008 Memories
Jackson-Via staff outing on West Main.
1991-1995 Memories - Jackson-Via Book Factory
1957 Aerial View of Site
Original Home on Site
- ↑ Web. Map of Charlottesville City School Attendance Zones, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved January 22, 2012.
- ↑ Web. About Jackson-Via Elementary, retrieved January 23, 2012.
- ↑ Web. Local School Profile 2011:Jackson-Via Elementary School, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved January 14, 2012.
- ↑ Web. Classroom Web Portals, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved 9 JAN 2012.
- ↑ Web. Local School Profile 2011:Jackson-Via Elementary School, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved January 22, 2012.
- ↑ Web. About Jackson-Via Elementary, Charlottesville City Schools, retrieved 20 Aug 2009.
- ↑ Web. City announces 2 elementary school principals, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, retrieved June 24, 2011.
- ↑ Memorabilia assembled and curated by Nancy Lambert, former Instructional Coordinator, Jackson-Via Elementary School, with the help of Eileen Butler, Jeanne Fournier, Steve Trumbull, and Ruth Kastenmayer.
|City of Charlottesville Public Schools|
|Elementary schools||Burnley-Moran Elementary School • Clark Elementary School • Greenbrier Elementary School • Jackson-Via Elementary School • Johnson Elementary School • Venable Elementary School|
|Upper schools||Walker Upper Elementary School • Buford Middle School • Charlottesville High School|
|See also||Charlottesville School Board|