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Chesterfield County Public Schools 2011-2012

The reputation of the county’s public schools often inspires families to make their home in Chesterfield County. But don’t just take our word for it: SchoolMatch, an independent research and data service, consistently rates Chesterfield County Public Schools as having precisely the balance parents seek. Chesterfield residents say they are happy with their choice: In a 2010 survey, nearly 86 percent of residents rated Chesterfield schools as excellent or good. Is it any wonder that — for the fourth time — Chesterfield County was named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance?

Fast facts
• 62 schools
• 38 elementary schools (grades K-5)
• 12 middle schools (grades 6-8)
• 11 high schools (grades 9-12) that include 11 specialty centers
• 1 technical center
• 58,691 students
• $517.8 million operating budget
• $8,635 cost per student
• 7,858 full-time positions
• In 2009-10, the student body was 58 percent white, 28 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1 percent American Indian/Alaskan native/unspecified.
• 29.6 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals in elementary schools, middle schools and Chesterfield Community High (the only high school in the federal lunch program).

Every school is fully accredited
• For the third year in a row, every school is fully accredited and students continue to perform well on SOL tests. For three of the past four years, the school system has met the objectives of No Child Left Behind and made adequate yearly progress.
• More than 85 percent of Chesterfield students graduate on time, outperforming their peers across Virginia. More than 4,400 students graduated in 2010: 57 percent earned advanced diplomas, and 90 percent planned to attend a two- or four-year college. The class of 2010 earned $18.2 million in scholarships.
• Great teachers foster great students, and Chesterfield makes attracting and retaining the best teachers and staff a priority. Working in Chesterfield schools are 1,813 teachers with master’s degrees and 83 National Board Certified Teachers.
• Hundreds of businesses and organizations partner with schools, and thousands of individuals volunteer their time in classrooms.

Good steward of tax dollars
Audits consistently prove that Chesterfield schools are efficient and effective. Based on student enrollment, Chesterfield is among the country’s 100 largest school systems but still keeps costs low. In 2008, out of 132 school divisions in Virginia, Chesterfield ranked 102nd lowest in total per-pupil costs and 107th lowest in administrative per-pupil costs. Standard & Poor’s compared reading and math proficiency with money spent and determined that Chesterfield schools are extremely effective, ranking the school division third among 15 of Virginia’s largest localities.

Launching successful students
Chesterfield’s curriculum is rigorous and relevant. Initiatives include a school readiness program for 4-year-olds at a few schools, world language instruction in some elementary schools and algebra for every student during middle school. Safety nets help struggling students reach their goals. Alternative study options include day and night programs, as well as online courses.
Advanced Placement classes offer intense academic experiences. High school students also have the opportunity to take dual enrollment classes that carry college credit and courses that can lead to an industry certification. High school students may choose to attend their neighborhood school or they may apply to a specialty center, the technical center or two regional governor’s schools based on individual interests and talents.
Center-based programs in elementary and middle schools help meet the needs of gifted learners, and an English for Speakers of Other Languages program reflects growing diversity in the county.

Recognizing excellence

• Clover Hill High student Abby Badura won the national Wendy’s High School Heisman in 2010, rising to the top of more than 55,000 outstanding student-athletes.
• Bailey Bridge Middle’s Misti Wajciechowski is the nation’s top P.E. teacher, winning the Health Education Professional of the Year School K-12 Award.
• Midlothian Middle is the 2011 We the People state champion.
• Chesterfield has four National Blue Ribbon Schools: James River High, Clover Hill Elementary, Robious Elementary and Grange Hall Elementary.
• Four schools have achieved National School Change Awards: Bensley Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary and Carver Middle.
• In 2011, 26 Chesterfield schools won Virginia Index of Performance awards, with four of those schools winning the highest honor, the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence.
• Chesterfield County Public Schools has the state’s top bus driver: Leslie Alderman.
• Chesterfield educators won three Milken National Educator Awards in four years: Laura Lay of James River High, Joshua Cole of Chalkley Elementary and Laura Marshall of Grange Hall Elementary.
• Two teachers have won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching: Sharon Hoffert of James River High and Carrie Persing of the MathScience Innovation Center and previously at Harrowgate Elementary.

Chesterfield County School Board

Chair Dianne Pettitt, Clover Hill District
Vice Chair Patricia Carpenter, Midlothian District
David Wyman, Dale District
Marshall Trammell Jr., Bermuda District
Omarh Rajah, Matoaca District
Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D.

In 2012, we envision that every Chesterfield school will be a thriving, dynamic and inspiring educational environment that produces self-directed learners with 21st-century skills and stimulates citizens of all ages to trust in, invest in and benefit from public education.


The mission of Chesterfield County Public Schools is to work in partnership with students, families and the community to ensure that each student acquires the knowledge, skills and core values necessary to achieve personal success and to enrich the community.
The goals of the Design for Excellence strategic plan are
Goal 1. Academic excellence for all students
Goal 2. Safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments
Goal 3. Knowledgeable and competent workforce
Goal 4. Community investment in schools
Goal 5. Effective and efficient system management

Core values

Respect, responsibility, honesty and accountability are the core values of Chesterfield County Public Schools.


The school system does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, disability or national origin in employment or in its educational programs and activities.

More information
The school division’s website (chesterfield.k12.va.us) is full of information. Facebook (www.facebook.com/chesterfieldschools) and Twitter (twitter.com/ccpsinfo) are additional ways to stay current. Look for Chesterfield EDtv on Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 26. The main phone number is (804) 748-1405, the main e-mail address is ccpsinfo@ccpsnet.net, and the mailing address is P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832.