Burnley-Moran Elementary School

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Burnley-Moran Elementary School is located in the north-eastern portion of Charlottesville
Front view of Burnely-Moran Elementary School. Photo by WINA Newsradio.

Burnley-Moran Elementary School is one of six public elementary schools (preschool – grade 4) located in the City of Charlottesville. It serves approximately 300 students. [1] Known also as (BME), their mascot is a bobcat.[1] The school was fully accredited for 2017-18.

2020 school year

Due to continued bus driver shortage, Burnley-Moran expanded their student walk zones (or “family responsibility zones”) [2]

2018-19 school year

The Charlottesville City School System was fully accredited for 2017-18. Burnley-Moran Elementary School's student population of 319 students has declined by 21% over five school years. The student/teacher ratio of ratio is 13:1 which is lower than the Virginia state level of 14:1. The teacher population of 24 teachers has declined by 14% over five school years. Elizabeth Korab became the principal before the start of the 2018-2019 school year. [3]

Per-pupil expenditure

The Department of Education’s annual School Quality Profiles report, which had provided per-student spending at district, state and the federal levels for decades, now publishes data at the individual school level for the first time. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 requires that states publish annual school-level per-pupil expenditures on their online school report cards, beginning with data for the 2018-2019 school year. At Charlottesville’s six elementary schools, expenditures ranged from $14,509 at Burnley-Moran to $16,857 at Clark during the 2018-19 school year; district-wide, the per-pupil expenditure was $15,497 compared to $11,560 statewide.

Charlottesville City Schools spent $17,305 per-pupil at the division level in 2018-2019. The statewide average spending for the same time-frame was $11,560. For the upcoming 2020-2021 year, the division has budgeted spending $18,548 per student.

FY2020-2021 Annual Budget

The school system could spend $1.25 million in FY2021 on updates to classrooms and the media center. [4]


Fall Membership by Grade

Chronic Absenteeism

11.14% of the students in this school were chronically absent in the 2018 - 2019 school year.

According to the VDOE, students who attend school consistently are more likely to succeed. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10 percent or more of the school year, regardless of reason.


School Year School Chronic Absenteeism Rate School SOL Pass Rate Difference from State SOL Pass Rate
2019 11.14 72.02 -5.71
2018 6.58 72.52 -2.56
2017 9.68 73.87 -3.40

Source: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Test Results Build-A-Table[5][6]

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) assessment program includes Standards of Learning tests and other assessments approved by the Board of Education to measure student learning and achievement in English, mathematics, history and science. The passing score for the Virginia SOL tests is 400 based on a reporting scale that ranges from 0 to 600. A scaled score of 0 to 399 means a student did not pass a test. A scaled score of 400 to 499 means a student passed a test and was classified as Proficient.
Note: Annual accreditation is waived for all Virginia public schools for the 2020-2021 school year due to the cancellation of spring 2020 state assessments.


Burnley-Moran opened in 1954 with Henry L. Sublett, Jr. as its first principal. [7] The namesake comes from the first two women to head schools in Charlottesville.

Carrie Burnley was the first principal of McGuffey School and served as such for twenty-eight years. Sarepta Moran was the first principal of Venable School and served as such for twenty-one years. [8]

The school campus is 15 acres and has views of Monticello.[1] It is within walking distance of the Downtown Mall and the Rivanna Greenbelt Trail.[1]

The mascot is the bobcat. [8]

Dawn LoCasale became principal of the school for the 2011-2012 school year. [9]

School Population (June 2011)

  • Enrollment: 309
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.9%
  • American Indian: 1.2%
  • African American: 31.1%
  • Hispanic: 6.5%
  • White: 57.9%
  • ESL students: 10.4%
  • Gifted students: 26.2%
  • Special Education students: 10.4%
  • Pupil/teacher ratio: 20:1 [1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Web. Bunley-Moran Elementary School, retrieved 5 June 2012.
  2. https://www.virginiadot.org/programs/resources/safe_routes/2016-2017/Walkabouts/2020_10_14_Burnley-Moran_Walkabout_Report.pdf
  3. Web. Four new Charlottesville principals charting course for academic year, Josh Mandell, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 2, 2018, retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. Web. Burnley-Moran up next for school renovation, Katherine Knott, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, January 10, 2020, retrieved January 14, 2020. Print. January 10, 2020 page A1.
  5. https://schoolquality.virginia.gov/schools/burnley-moran-elementary
  6. https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/apex/f?p=152:1:7869052370213:SHOW_REPORT::::
  7. Web. Burnley-Moran Principal to Talk to Clark PTA, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 18, 1954, retrieved September 17, 2022. Print. September 18, 1954 page 5.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Web. About Burnley-Moran, City of Charlottesville, retrieved September 17, 2022.
  9. Web. City announces 2 elementary school principals, Staff reports, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, June 23, 2011, retrieved September 17, 2022.

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