BVPS Division Overview

"It is the aim of the Bristol Virginia School Division to provide a range of programs, classes, and pupil services which accommodate the ability levels and individual needs of the pupils, to the end that each pupil may fully develop his mental, emotional, and physical potentialities, and recognize his own dignity and value as an individual and his responsibilities in a free society."  - Philosophy Bristol Virginia School Division


The Bristol Virginia School Division is comprised of four pre-K/Kindergarten through 5th grade elementary schools. one grades 6-8 middle school, and a grades 9-12 comprehensive high school.  All schools are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School. The division's annual budget (2011-2012) is $23,733,149 with a per pupil expenditure of $10,667.


The full array of educational offerings is available at all levels, including special education, gifted education, and Tech Prep.  Each elementary school has a networked computer lab which provides opportunities for individualized instruction and content enrichment.  The Virginia Middle School offers French and Spanish as well as Algebra 1 and Geometry.  Three computer labs are available.  All schools have outstanding art and music classes taught by specialists.


Virginia High School offers Advanced Placement classes in English, computer science, history, science, and math, Tech Prep classes, honors classes, as well as outstanding career and technical offerings, such as marketing, culinary arts, and criminal justice.  More than 76% of the graduates continue their education in a two or four-year colleges.


Class sizes average approximately 18 students at the elementary level, 15 at the middle school level, and 17 at the high school level.


More than 200 educators including classroom teachers, guidance counselors, special education teachers, librarians, and other specialists provide the best possible education for each child.  Nearly 50 percent of the certificated staff have earned master's degrees and the average Bristol Virginia teacher has more than 16.8 years of classroom experience.


Campus Address Phone
Virginia High School 1200 Long Crescent Drive 276-821-5858
Virginia Middle School 501 Piedmont Avenue 276-821-5660
Highland View Elementary 1405 Eads Street 276-821-5710
Stonewall Jackson Elementary 2045 W. Euclid Avenue 276-821-5740
Joseph Van Pelt Elementary 200 Springhill Terrace 276-821-5770
Washington & Lee Elementary 900 Washington Lee Drive 276-821-5800
School Board Central Office 220 Lee Street 276-821-5600
(Click on the above school address for driving directions)


Administration Department Email
Rex Gearheart Superintendent of Schools
Gary Ritchie Assistant Superintendent
Patty Bowers Student Services & Special Education
Tammy Jones Finance
Jeff Shelton Technology
Jennifer Hurt Federal Programs