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5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, VA  22932

School Counseling Office Phone:(434)823-8700 ext.3

Counseling FAX: (434) 823-8710 ext. 3

Main Office Phone: (434)823-8700 ext. 4

Main Office FAX: (434)823-8711

 CEEB Code 470-627


2020-2021 School Profile


2020 - 2021 School Profile

Mr. Jason Lee

Assistant Principals:
Mr. Reed Gillespie
Mr. William Schaffer
Mrs. Teresa Tyler

School Counseling Director:
Mrs. Amy Wright

School Counselors:
Mrs. Emily Henry
Ms. Olivia LeMay
Mrs. Shelby Poole
Mrs. Erin Rittenhouse
Ms. Caryn Brock

School Counseling Secretary:
Mrs. Anna Bondi

  Mr. Andrew Schwab

Our School and Community

Western Albemarle High School is a comprehensive public school of grades nine through twelve with an enrollment of approximately 1200.  The academic year is 36 weeks in length, encompassing two semesters, each with two grading periods of nine weeks. Courses are offered year long, meeting every other day for the full year.

Please see COVID 19 statement for 2020-2021 updates on below.


Western Albemarle offers a comprehensive curriculum that stresses academics, but includes many opportunities for students to study the fine arts as well as vocational courses at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC). Our programs with the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College allow students to enroll in college courses for dual credit. In addition, extracurricular opportunities through groups like the Key Club, Robotics Team, and Habitat for Humanity Club, as well as all of the honor societies, give students a chance to get involved in the school and the community.



Advancement Via Individual Determination is a college readiness program for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student-learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.  -


The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center is a regional technical education center serving students in Central Virginia.  It is jointly operated by Albemarle County Public Schools and Charlottesville City Public Schools. High school students can study Pharmacy Technology, Dental Assistant, Music Industry Technology, Auto Body Repair, Auto Technology, Barbering, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Building Trades, Masonry, EMT/Firefighting and Nurse Assistant. CATEC classes are taught during the regular school day.

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The Environmental Studies Academy is a four-year program designed to offer a cross-curricular integrated environmental education for all learners. Curricular focus will include the following areas: Agricultural: Agricultural sciences, aquaculture, aquaponics, horticulture, green materials, and sustainability. Conservation: Management including fisheries, wildlife, forestry, land use, natural resources, ecology, and alternative energy. Research: Environmental Science, research, health, policy, law, physical, Botany, Biological, and Earth Sciences. Academy students may choose to take Environmental Literature, Law & Policy as the senior year English course.

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Advanced Placement Classes: English Literature and Composition, US History, US Government, World History, Calculus AB/BC, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Spanish, French, Art Portfolio, Art History, Psychology, Micro –Economics/VA Personal Finance, Computer Science, Physics 1, Physics C.

Honors Classes: English 9, 10 & 11, World History I & II, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, French IV, Spanish IV, German IV, Latin III, and Latin IV, Astronomy, Physics, Psychology Applications and Research (Post AP).                                                                                                 


DualEnrollmentClasses:English111/112, Intro to Teaching as a Profession EDU 200, Web Page Design I IDT 110, Web Design II IDT 210, Quantitative Reasoning MTH 154/155 as of 2020-2021, Drawing 121/122, Medical Terminology HLT 141, ESA Biology 107/only available to ESA students, Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise Science, Entrepreneurship Bus 116, Principles of Management Bus 200, and Personal Finance Fin 107, ENG 111-112 College Composition.


Honors, AP, and PVCC courses move at a faster pace and go beyond the curriculum of the advanced level courses. Honors, ESA, AP, and PVCC courses place major responsibility for student progress on the student. Students are expected to engage in self-instruction, independent work, readings, projects, and research.   Dual Enrollment and AP are considered comparable levels.


2020 Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements, Grading Scale and Number of Students in grades

** 3 years of 1 language or 2 years of 2 languages


Albemarle County determines GPA by dividing the total grade points received by the total number of credits attempted in earning the points. The points are 4 for an A, 3 for a B, 2 for a C,1 for a D, and 0 for an F. The highest unweighted GPA is 4.0. Students receiving a “pass” in a course designated as pass/fail are credited with completion of the course, but the grade from such a course is not included in the calculation of the GPA. Students receiving a “fail” in a pass/fail course receive a grade point of zero, which is included in the calculation of the GPA. As of Fall 2014, Albemarle County no longer reports class rank.

Grade Honors, Dual, AP Std., Adv., A/A
A 5 4
B 4 3
C 3 2
D 2 1
F 0 0


College Entrance Exam Scores

AP and National Merit Competition Statistics 2020
SAT Results (2020) EB Read/Write Math
Western Albemarle 630 590
Virginia 567 549
National 528 523


2020 Statistics and Graduates’ Future Plans

Graduate Plans

71%Four-Year Colleges and Universities
14% Two-Year Colleges and Vocational Schools
12% other education programs and Military Schools
  3% Work

Student Demographics

Male 54%  Female 46% Asian 2%
White 87% Black 2% Hispanic 5%
Limited English Proficiency 1% Multi 3%
Students with disabilities 11% Disadvantaged 13%
  Gifted 14%



COVID 19 Statement 2020-2021

On March 16, 2020, the Governor of Virginia closed all public school buildings due to Covid 19.  Albemarle County suspended classes for two weeks while leadership developed plans for the completion of the academic year.  This plan included students completing not more than five assignments for the remainder of the year and having the option of a P/F grade (default grade) or a traditional letter grade that would be derived by assigning a one letter bump of the first semester grade if they successfully completed all assignments.  Students enrolled in a second semester course were only allowed the grade of P.  Students who did not successfully complete the assignments were given a grade of Incomplete with the opportunity to complete the work either in the summer or during the fall 2020 semester.  

Based on feedback from our community during the spring closure, ACPS moved from an 8 period every other day schedule to a 4X4 schedule.  The county implemented a 5 Phase Return To-School plan and opened under Phase 2.   All students are learning virtually under this phase, with a limited number of students in our buildings.  For the 2020 - 2021 school year we will not be implementing quarters or semesters.  Grades will be calculated as one continuous grade in each course, and the final exam will not carry additional weight.