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Fact Sheet - Baker-Butler Elementary​

Home of the Bears

Building a Community of Learners

Baker-Butler Elementary School (BBES) strives to reach and to challenge every student, every day. Our mission is to build a strong community of students, teachers, parents, and community partners, and to prepare our students to be lifelong learners. We support students across all traditional academic subjects as well as in the arts, music, and physical fitness.

School Highlights

Baker-Butler Elementary school is located on 55 acres of land in northern Albemarle County, the largest footprint of any elementary school in our division. Our students are able to take full advantage of this abundance of outdoor space via a series of nature trails that run throughout the property. At least once a month, BBES teachers and students participate in “forest days” outside, in which they gain from nature-based learning. This year, physical education students are using the trail system as part of their “Bear Tracks” program, using pedometers to record their daily step count with a goal of taking enough steps to walk the entire state of Virginia.

The trails at BBES provide an important connection to the surrounding residential communities in our school’s attendance zone. Connection with community is an important element of the BBES philosophy and a cornerstone of our work. Community building events take place throughout the year and include activities such as a bike rodeo, conducted in conjunction with the Albemarle County Police Department; a community Valentine’s Day dance; and a Trunk or Treat activity that takes place each October. Building strong relationships with all community stakeholders, and instilling in students a strong sense of why community is important are significant areas of focus for the school.

Building community among students within the school is another area in which BBES takes a great deal of pride. All students work to build strong social, emotional and academic bonds through programs such as Responsive Classroom. Students at BBES experience our commitment to their learning through spaces that deliver higher levels of student engagement and foster creativity. These spaces include a newly renovated school library with flexible furniture and soft seating, a school makerspace, and the installation of modern playground equipment.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)

Facility Information

Built in 2002, one story

84,365 square feet

55.0 acre site 

2015: Solar photovoltaic array installed on roof​​​​

2016: Security entrance improvements; playground upgrade; Media Center learning space modernization

Baker-Butler Elementary School is part of the Northern Feeder Pattern. Students continue to Sutherland Middle School and will graduate from Albemarle High School.​​​


Steve Saunders Steve Saunders, Principal
Wendy Eckerle Wendy Eckerle, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Stephen Saunders

David Cushman

Keith Hammon 

Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 642

Male: 50.9%

Female: 49.1%

Black: 7.8%

Hispanic: 14.5%

White: 66.4%

English Learners: 8.6%

Disadvantaged: 26.6%

Students with Disabilities: 9.7%

Gifted: 3.2%

"Disadvantaged" students are those who receive free and reduced price meals under the federal program. "Students with Disabilities" are those identified for special education services, from speech pathology and learning disabilities to severe and profound disabilities.