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Fact Sheet​ - Greer Elementary School

Home of the Geckos

Embracing Diversity and Building Community

Greer Elementary School, Albemarle County’s most diverse pre-K through grade 5 school, is fully committed to creating an equality of opportunity for every one of our children through an educational program focused on each individual student. Greer’s physical environment, via expansion and renovations completed to this point, encourages the kind of flexible education we believe in. From the cafeteria to kindergarten classrooms, students learn to make reasonable choices based on their needs and create their own learning environments while respecting others.

School Highlights

One of the hallmarks of the student experience at Greer is the focus the school places on embracing diversity and building community. This work begins each year prior to the start of school, when all teachers leave the building to visit the homes of the students they will be teaching that year. This allows teachers to begin building positive relationships with their students and their families; respond to concerns and questions about such issues as school transportation; ensure that they have the best contact information for families; and find out something special about each child prior to the first day of school.

Home visits also allow the Greer staff to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the varied cultural backgrounds students bring to the school. Cultural diversity continues to be celebrated throughout the school year through monthly community events, such as potluck dinners and a Cultural Heritage Night, that always are well-attended by students and parents.

When students arrive at school for the year, teachers continue to get to know them and to build a strong community within the school through faithful adherence to the tenets of the Responsive Classroom program. All staff know that they must impact both students’ academic learning as well as their social and emotional well-being to see true growth and success.

Outside of the classroom, the school strives to provide many different enrichment opportunities for kids through community partnerships, such as with the Charlottesville Ballet and the McGuffey Reading Center, as well as a strong relationship with the Virginia Film Festival.

Assessment Data

Aggregate SOL Pass Rates (Percent)

 

Facility Information

​Built in 1974

99,258 square feet

15.0 acre site adjacent to Albemarle High, Jouett Middle, and Ivy Creek/PREP

1987: The original open classrooms were made into self-contained classrooms by adding walls so that each grade level learning community became five separate classrooms with completion of the project in 1993.

2006: New bus-and-parent loop installed in front of school

2007: Lower-level classroom renovations completed, adding doors and windows to all classrooms

2009: New gym facility; Upper-level renovations included a new front reception office space and conference rooms, as well as a new entrance into the school; Doors and additional windows for all upstairs classrooms

2011: New PreK-5 playground

2012: One-story classroom wing addition, minor renovations to the existing building, and site improvements including an outdoor classroom.

2012-13: Addition (13,383 sq ft), including six primary classrooms and an art studio.

2015: Solar photovoltaic array installed on roof

2016: Reconfiguration of four resource rooms​


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

Administration

Robyn Bolling Robyn Bolling, Principal
LaTishia Wilson LaTishia Wilson, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Robyn Bolling
2012-Present

Matthew Landahl
2007-2012

Kim Cousins
2004-2007

Steve Braintwain
2000-2004

Fulton Marshall
1974-2000

Student Demographics

​​(as of September 30, 2016)

Total Enrollment: 659

Male: 51.1%

Female: 48.9%

Black: 28.4%

Hispanic: 26.1%

White: 21.1%

Limited English Proficiency: 34.0%

Disadvantaged: 76.6%

Students with Disabilities: 10.5%

Gifted: 1.8%

"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.

Grade-Level Changes

1996: Greer Elementary began the Bright Stars preschool program with one class.

2006: A second Bright Stars class was added.​​​​