Greenbrier Elementary School
Greenbrier Elementary School is a fully accredited child-centered school serving approximately 300 Charlottesville students in preschool through grade four. The principal is Jim Kyner. Greenbrier was built in 1962. The mascot is a frog.
Approximately 40% of Greenbrier's student population speaks English as a second language. Because of this, Greenbrier offers intensive literacy instruction to build confidence and language skills. In 2010, Greenbrier began a partnership with Hearthwood Apartments. Greenbrier staff and volunteers offer afterschool homework help in a vacant apartment to students who live nearby.
In 2012, Greenbrier was granted a three-year waiver from annual accreditation. The waiver was issued by the Virginia Department of Education to Greenbrier for achieving a minimum 95% pass rate of all four Standards of Learning subject areas for two consecutive years..
Greenbrier Elementary School was built in 1962 in the Greenbrier subdivision. The school was originally a grade 1-7 school headed by Ora Lee Starnes, who began teaching in Charlottesville in 1929. The school's courtyard began as a community project and is equipped with gardens, rain barrels, a windmill, and a pond.
School Population as of June 2011
- Enrollment: 280
- Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.4%
- African American: 27.5%
- Hispanic: 10.4%
- White: 50.4%
- Unspecified: 0.4%
- ESL students: 40.1%
- Gifted students: 28.6%
- Special Education students: 12.9%
- Pupil/teacher ratio: 20:1