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Fact Sheet​ - Broadus Wood Elementary School

Home of the Bobcats

Strong Students, Strong Community

At Broadus Wood Elementary School (BWES), educators and parents work together to foster a dynamic learning community that promotes academic excellence, character development, and lifelong-learning skills. We believe our work empowers students to thrive as well-rounded, productive citizens who will be positioned to succeed well beyond elementary school. Students here develop a love of learning; learn to work collaboratively and independently; and demonstrate respect for and appreciation of others.

School Highlights

A major focus of every student’s experience at Broadus Wood is the building of community. Our Responsive Classroom program engages students in daily morning meetings, as well as monthly schoolwide morning meetings, in which they build relationships with their classmates and teacher while engaging in fun, team-building activities. Knowing that strong classroom communities lead to strong school communities, the work in this area extends outside of the school day with a commitment to involving families in our activities on a regular basis. Annual community events at the school include the fall picnic, fall festival, movie nights, Bobcat Bowl, and a talent show. Community building extends even further through our school partnerships with groups such as the Jefferson Area Board for Aging. Members of this group regularly come to the school through our Lunch Buddies and tutoring programs.

The academic experience we offer to all students at BWES is engaging and creative. Our “Spark Lab” provides all students with a space for creative, maker-based work, and the addition of a kitchen to this space lets students experiment with hands-on learning through cooking. Our intervention/gifted resource teacher teams with classroom teachers to provide students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenges and opportunities through our weekly and schoolwide Genius Hour, as well as problem/passion/project-based learning throughout the school year. The library/media specialist works with classroom teachers to develop interdisciplinary projects, and a new model of flexible library scheduling is allowing more students to make use of the media center than ever before.

All teachers are dedicating themselves to providing students with project-based learning experiences using the newly refurbished school courtyard. The courtyard includes a student-built pollinator garden, and the learning activities students experience in the garden are driven, in large part, by how the students have said they would like to learn. This learning space is complemented by a new raised-bed garden area that was built by a local Girl Scout troop, allowing the school to continue to build a strong connection between our work in the classroom and our natural, outdoor learning spaces.

Last year was our first year participating as a school in the One School, One Book (OSOB) initiative. OSOB is a non-profit that provides reduced-cost books in bulk to schools that participate in a community reading of a particular book. Students at Broadus Wood voted on the books they wanted to read, and our school purchased a copy for each student and staff member. During the designated month or two when our community reads a common book, there are nightly assignments so that everyone can stay near the same place in the book and the community has a common text to discuss during school and at school events outside of the school day. Last year, we had one community read, and this year we will have two. Our books this year are Adventures of a South Pole Pig and The Lemonade War.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)


Facility Information

Built in 1936

49,852 square feet

11.7 acre site

1906: One-story building with three rooms and 10-stall stable on grounds

1910: Second level was added, including an assembly hall and one classroom

1914: Two-story building added with one extra classroom and laboratory; stable enlarged to 25 stalls

1920: Addition of three classrooms and restroom facilities connected to main structure through enclosed breezeway

1921: Broadus Wood and wife Emma donate almost two acres for bigger playing fields, new playground, and arbor

1934: School building burned down; two temporary buildings called the “barracks” were built and remained in use until the early 1960s

1936: School was rebuilt and opened as Broadus Wood

1960: Cafeteria, clinic, and primary classroom added

1965: Primary classroom wing and library added

1985: Major renovations completed with new library, six new classrooms, and gym

1994: To accommodate growing enrollment, the cafeteria, library, administration offices, and three learning cottages were enlarged and renovated. An eight-classroom wing was added with a special education classroom and a new playground.

1999: New computer lab added with 25 computers

2004: Pond habitat installed in largest courtyard

2014: Media Center upgrade, including furniture and electronics; front entrance upgrade; new playground installation

2015: Front playground replacement; gym floor replacement

2016: HVAC chiller/cooling tower replacement

Grade-Level Changes

1906: Earlysville had grades 1-7 and a 2-year high school program

1913: Earlysville had grades 1-7 and a 3-year high school program

1916: Earlysville had grades 1-7 and 9-12, becoming an accredited high school

1936: School was rebuilt and opened as Broadus Wood High

1953: Became Broadus Wood Elementary when Albemarle High School opened

1973: Kindergarten class added to Broadus Wood​​​

Broadus Wood Elementary School is part of the Northern Feeder Pattern. Students continue to Jouett Middle School and will graduate from Albemarle High School.​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Principal History

Amy Morris

Kendra King

Barbara Edwards

Mary King

Janet Seale

Dudley Reaves

Charlene Gill

Marjorie Webber

Elwood Hall

Thomas Hurlburt

Norman Morris

Phillip Peyton

Norman Morris

Joel Kidd

Harvey Reed

John Apperson

William Rowan

Boyde Payne

Xenia Holmes

Irene Barksdale

Elizie Purvis

William Straley

Minor Zuiedenia

Elmer Crigler

E. Givens

Edward Birckhead

Student Demographics

(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 286

Male: 51.7%

Female: 48.3%

Black: 2.4%

Hispanic: 5.2%

White: 88.5%

English Learners: 1.0%

Disadvantaged: 18.9%

Students with Disabilities: 10.8%

Gifted: 8.6%

"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.