Our Division


General Information

  • Address: 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Phone: 434-296-5820
  • Superintendent: Matthew Haas, Ed.D.
  • Region: 5

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) serves nearly 14,000 students in preschool through Grade 12 in Albemarle County, Virginia, the sixth largest county by area in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A diverse locality of 726 square miles in the heart of Central Virginia, Albemarle County is a blend of primarily rural, but also suburban and urban settings.

Strategic Plan: 
Learning for All


Our learners are engaged in authentic, challenging, and relevant learning experiences, becoming lifelong contributors and leaders in our dynamic and diverse society.


Working together as a team, we will end the predictive value of race, class, gender, and special capacities for our children’s success through high quality teaching and learning for all. We seek to build relationships with families and communities to ensure that every student succeeds. We will know every student


Equity: We will provide every student with the level of support necessary to thrive.

Excellence: We will mitigate barriers and provide opportunities for every student to be academically successful.

Family and Community: We will engage with and share the responsibility for student success with families and community partners.

Wellness: We will support the physical and emotional health of our students and staff.


Thriving Students will facilitate learning experiences grounded in high expectations, networks of care, and student curiosity to ensure academic and social-emotional development for all students while eliminating opportunity, access, and achievement gaps. Emphasizing networks of care, high expectations, and student curiosity constitute the major levers for realizing this goal. Sample strategies to carry out these intentions include the provision of a guaranteed and viable curriculum, culturally responsive teaching, and the recognition that academic requirements need to allow space and time for students to pursue other interests outside of school.

Affirming and Empowering Communities is about strengthening the social context of the environment in which ACPS community works. When we embolden the ACPS community members and the ties that bind them to one another, there is little we can’t achieve together for the benefit of our students. Affirming and empowering communities means developing a culturally responsive environment that will respect and champion the diversity of life experiences of all stakeholders and supports the physical and mental health of our students, staff, and families so they are actively empowered to engage in our school community. Examples of strategies to carry out this goal include removing barriers for participation in programs, implementing social-emotional curriculum, and identifying community partners to help increase adult education enrollment

Equitable, Transformative Resources: concerns the intentional flow of critical, equitably distributed human, financial, technological, and other resources to the students and teachers for transformative learning to take place. Getting the right resources get to the educators and students for their teaching and learning is key for our success. Samples of this work include implementing a highly competitive compensation structure, developing long range plans for addressing over-crowding issues, and initiating an education foundation for equitably funding supplemental school budgets.

Strategic Planning


  • 15 elementary schools (PK-5)
  • 5 middle schools (6-8)
  • 3 high schools (9-12)
  • 1 community charter school (6-12)
  • 4 high school career academies (9-12)
  • 1 high school center specializing in project-based learning (9-12)
  • 1 education center specializing in short-term intervention (6-12)
  • 1 special education center designed to support the transition from school to adult life (serves students aged 18-22)
  • 1 regional technical education center (9-12)
  • 1 regional center serving special education students (K-12)
  • 1 regional center serving students with emotional disabilities (K-12)

Our Schools | School Fact Sheets

Virginia School Quality Profiles

For every school division and school in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Education provides a School Quality Profile containing information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality, and other topics of interest to parents and the general public.

Albemarle County Public Schools Quality Profile

Employees, 2020-21

  • 1,342 teachers (including classroom teachers, speech pathologists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and librarians)
    • 69% hold advanced degrees
    • 2% are National Board Certified
    • Average years of teaching experience: 14
  • 1,172 classified employees (including school and department leadership, teaching assistants, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance, food service staff, office associates, human resources, and other support staff)

Student Enrollment: Fall Membership, 2020-21

  • All Students: 13,532 (Grades PK-12)
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 31.7% (4,287 students)
  • English Learners: 10.1% (1,361 students)
  • Students with Disabilities: 12.4% (1,677 students)

Albemarle County Public Schools Quality Profile: Enrollment

International Diversity of Our Student Population, 2020-21

  • Countries of Origin: 95
  • Home Languages Spoken: 75

Graduating Class of 2020

Students Earning an Advanced Studies Diploma

Division: 62.5% (previously 64%)
State: 51.8% (previously 51.5%)

On-Time Graduation Rate (Four-Year Cohort)

Division: 93.3%* (previously 94.4%)
State: 92.3% (previously 91.5%)

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting for on-time graduation was delayed at two of our high schools. The on-time graduation rate posted here reflects updated reporting and will not match state data.

Dropout Rate

Division: 4.6% (previously 4.1%)
State: 5.1% (previously 5.6%)

Post-Graduation Plans (Self-Reported)

  • Continuing education, military, employment, or another endeavor: 13.9% (132 students)
  • 2-year college: 24.8% (236 students)
  • 4-year college: 61.3% (583 students)

Advanced Programs Participation, 2019-20

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test Taken: 11.94% of high school students (previously 22.94%)
  • AP Course Enrollment: 37.15% of high school students (previously 37.17%)
  • Dual Enrollment: 21.15% of high school students (previously 21.84%)

Data Spotlight

  • Average number of meals served daily, including breakfast and lunch (Stage 3): 7,758
  • School bus miles traveled daily (Stage 3): 14,109, including 2,732 for meal delivery
  • Average Class Size (Source: 2020-21 Class Size Report)
    • Elementary – 17.88
    • Middle – 20.3
    • High – 20.9
  • Student-to-Computer Ratio:
    • 1:1 with tablets for Grades K-2
    • 1:1 with laptops for Grades 3-12
  • Children served by our Families in Crisis Program, 2019-20: Approximately 300
    (Note: About 100 fewer children were served in 2019-20 than in the previous school year. We attribute the reduction to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools closing in March 2020, and suspended evictions and foreclosures.)

Budget Snapshot

Operating Budget (Adopted)

  • 2020-2021: $193,741,120
  • 2019-2020: $195,478,605
  • 2018-2019: $186,800,503

Per Pupil Expenses (Adopted)

  • 2020-2021: $13,609
  • 2019-2020: $14,234
  • 2018-2019: $13,635

Fiscal Services


Dr. Matthew Haas

Dr. Matthew S. Haas
Superintendent of Schools


Debora Collins

Debora Collins
Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Clare Keiser

Dr. Clare Keiser
Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership

Dr. Bernard Hairston

Dr. Bernard Hairston
Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment

Rosalyn Schmitt

Rosalyn Schmitt
Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Patrick McLaughlin

Dr. Patrick McLaughlin
Chief of Strategic Planning

Dr. Christine Diggs

Dr. Christine Diggs
Chief Technology Officer

Ross Holden

Ross Holden
School Board Attorney

Superintendent History

  • Dr. ​Matthew S. Haas
  • Dr. ​Pamela R. Moran
  • Dr. Kevin C. Castner
  • Dr. Robert W. Paskel
  • Dr. N. Andrew Overstreet
  • Carlos Gutierrez
  • Dr. Clarence S. McClure
  • Leslie H. Walton
  • Paul H. Cale
  • Claude Graham
  • A. L. Bennett
  • A. F. Robertson
  • A. L. Bennett
  • Howard N. McManaway
  • Joseph W. Everett
  • P. W. Nelson
  • ​​Isaac R. Barksdale
  • Davis P. Powers
  • L. A. Michie
  • Davis P. Powers