Charlottesville Community Information

Education in Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville includes six K-4 elementary schools, Buford Middle School, Walker Upper Elementary, and Charlottesville High School. The high school has an outstanding music program and was listed in the 100 best schools for music in 2003 by the GRAMMY Signature School Program.

In addition to boasting many outstanding primary and secondary schools, Charlottesville is the proud home of the University of Virginia. Ranked the second best public university in America by U.S. News and World Report in 2002, the university offers bachelors, post-graduate, educational specialist and professional degrees in a wide range of fields. Outside of academics, the university is also home to many award-winning sports teams and is well known for its contributions to the arts and to scientific research.

Entertainment in Charlottesville

Charlottesville has a vibrant entertainment schedule at the Downtown Mall that includes Fridays After 5. This outdoor concert series showcases many highly recognized local, regional and national talents and is held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fridays from late April through early October. The concerts take place at the downtown amphitheater and attract hundreds of thousands of people over the course of each season.

There are many wineries in Virginia. Charlottesville is home to several vineyards, including the Arcady Vineyard, all of which produce wines such as merlot, cabernet, pinot Gris, Riesling, and Bordeaux reds. Visiting these wineries and their tasting rooms is a very popular local pastime. Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyards offers meals prepared by an executive chef to be enjoyed on the premises. Garden lovers will also admire the vineyard's woodland garden and culinary herb garden.

Points of Interest

Many noted historical figures made their homes in the Charlottesville area. Ex-president James Monroe's home, Ash Lawn Highland, is on the James Monroe Parkway in Albemarle County. Two miles southeast of Charlottesville is Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. Monticello -- “little mountain” in Italian -- was given to Jefferson in 1764 when he was 21 years old by his father, Peter. The Inn at Monticello is also located here. Jefferson is buried nearby. Montpelier, the home of James Madison, lies 25 miles north of Charlottesville. The Poe Museum, a literary museum honoring Edgar Allen Poe, is approximately one hour away by car. All these sites make fascinating day trips.

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