Determining Your School Attendance Area
Albemarle residents can determine school districts by searching on a valid address or owner name in the County’s GIS-Web application:
- Enter a property address and click Search.
- From the Search Results page, click on the Property Info link, through which you can view various property characteristics.
- From the dropdown box at the top of the Property Information page, select Other Parcel Characteristics to view the elementary, middle and high school districts associated with the property.
Alternately, you may review our District School Maps to get an idea of which schools serve your area.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Any official decision about which school district a particular house or parcel belongs to must be made by the Albemarle County Public Schools Department of Transportation at 434-973-5716.
Our schools are divided into three "feeder patterns" according to geographical area: Northern, Southern and Western. A feeder pattern consists of the elementary, middle and high schools through which students progress.
*Student body splits at the high school level
**Student body splits at the middle school level
Burley Middle School students will attend either Albemarle or Monticello high school. Agnor-Hurt Elementary School students will continue to either Burley or Jouett middle school and then Albemarle High School. Cale and Stone-Robinson elementary school students will continue to either Burley or Walton middle school and then Monticello High School. Stony Point Elementary School students will continue to either Burley Middle School and then Monticello High School, or Sutherland Middle School followed by Albemarle High School.
Charter Schools, Academies, and Specialty Centers
Albemarle County Public Schools operates two charter schools. Any student who is eligible to enroll in Albemarle County Public Schools can apply to attend Murray High School, which serves students in grades 9-12, and the Community Public Charter School, which serves students in grades 6-8.
Albemarle County Public Schools provides high school students who are interested in specialized math and science curricular offerings with three distinct academies to choose from. The Math, Engineering, and Science Academy (MESA) operates at Albemarle High School, the Health and Medical Sciences Academy (HMSA) operates at Monticello High School, and the Environmental Sciences Academy (ESA) operates at Western Albemarle High School. Any high school student who is eligible to enroll in Albemarle County Public Schools can apply to attend any of the three academies.
Albemarle County Publics Schools, in partnership with Charlottesville City Schools, offers the opportunity for high school students to receive specialized training in a variety of career fields through the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). These offerings supplement Career and Technical Education (CTE) offerings at our high schools and include both traditional technical training and emerging fields. Students are enrolled in their base high school (determined by school attendance area) and take classes at CATEC during the school day.
In addition, Albemarle County Public Schools students attend programs at the Center for Learning & Growth and Ivy Creek/PREP.
School Attendance Area Waiver Requests
Who must submit a school attendance area waiver request?
- Any nonresident of Albemarle County meeting the eligibility requirements for admission according to School Board Policy JEC, School Admission, Section II (“Nonresident”) or Section III (“Nonresident Students of Albemarle County Employees”); or
- Any resident of Albemarle County who wishes for his/her child(ren) to attend a school other than the one designated by the attendance area and meets at least one of the conditions specified in School Board Policy JC, School Attendance Areas, Sections A-H.
Acceptable conditions for the transfer of a student to a school in another attendance area include:
- A student whose parent/guardian changes residence from one school attendance area to another within the county after the end of the first semester may be permitted to complete the school year in his/her current school if the parent/guardian so desires.
- A child whose parent/guardian plans to move to another attendance area within the county after the school year begins and who will reside in the new attendance area for the majority of the school year may be permitted to begin the school year in the school serving the new attendance area (documentation required).
- A child whose parent/guardian is employed full-time by Albemarle County Public Schools, CATEC, or certain Albemarle County Local Government departments may be admitted to a school other than the one serving his/her attendance area to accommodate the parent’s work schedule.
- A senior whose parent/guardian moves to another attendance area within the county after the end of the first semester of the student’s junior year may be permitted to complete his/her final year in the last high school attended.
- A child who spends the majority of the school year living with a parent who has joint physical custody and resides in the county may be permitted to attend Albemarle County Public Schools (documentation required).
- A child who has been the victim of a crime committed by a student, employee, volunteer, contract worker, or person who regularly performs services in the school, or a crime committed on school property or on any school bus owned or operated by the school division, may be permitted to attend a school other than the one serving his/her attendance area at the written request of the parent/guardian.
- The Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee may approve a transfer request for curriculum requirements, specific medical reasons, or extraordinary reasons.
All school attendance area waiver requests MUST:
- Be submitted for approval on an annual basis.
- Be made in writing.
- Include the student’s name, a return address, and a phone number.
- Be mailed to Strategic Planning and Operations at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or faxed to 434-296-5805.
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