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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 the individual student.

School Highlights

One of the hallmarks of the student experience at Greer is the focus the school places on embracing diversity and building community. Teachers and staff begin building positive relationships with their students and their families through home visits and by inviting families to Greer. Home visits allow 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 family events, such as potluck dinners, reading nights, and schoolwide morning meetings, 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 Responsive Classroom. All staff know that they must impact students’ academic learning as well as their social and emotional well-being in order to maximize academic growth and success. Greer is one of four schools identified as part of the division’s social, emotional and academic development (SEAD) pilot initiative.

Greer is passionate about data-driven decision-making and strives to be a high functioning professional learning community. School teams and individual teachers align their goals with the School Improvement Plan (SIP), and teacher leaders use student achievement data to focus student learning. Quarterly data monitoring of student progress and professional development aligned with our SIP goals allow teachers to better meet student needs and to adjust instructional practices.

Unique to Greer, every student participates in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) lab eight times each quarter. This enrichment opportunity inspires integrative learning across multiple subjects and allows for project-, problem-, and passion-based learning.

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. Greer also has a strong partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and offers after-school clubs in Robotics and French.

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.​​​​​​


Jill Lee, Principal

Wendy Eckerle, Assistant Principal

Principal History

Jill Lee

Robyn Bolling

Matthew Landahl

Kim Cousins

Steve Braintwain

Fulton Marshall

Student Demographics

​​(as of September 30, 2017)

Total Enrollment: 666

Male: 47.6%

Female: 52.4%

Black: 30.9%

Hispanic: 27.3%

White: 23.9%

English Learners: 36.6%

Disadvantaged: 74.5%

Students with Disabilities: 9.3%

Gifted: 2.7%

"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.​​​​