Paul H. Cale Elementary School was built in 1990 on Avon St. Extended in Albemarle County. It took the place of Rose Hill Elementary School. Most of the staff and students transferred into the building for the 1990-1991 school year including Principal Gerald L. Terrell. Mr. Terrell provided strong leadership for the Cale community for ten years before retiring from Albemarle County Schools in June 2001. During his tenure at Cale, Mr. Terrell guided the staff towards implementation of the Core Knowledge Curriculum and also led the school to accreditation with the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Cale has grown over the past decade. Sue Newman was added as an Assistant Principal for the 1996-1997 school year. In 1998, Cale added "D pod" to the building to accommodate more classrooms. In July 2001, Matthew Landahl became the principal of Cale, adding his enthusiasm and expertise to Cale's rich learning community. In the summer of 2007, "E pod," a 2-story, 12-classroom addition, was added to Cale, and Albemarle County's longest running principal at the time, Lisa Jones became Cale's principal. Cyndi Wells became principal in 2019, and currently Cale has over 550 students in 31 homeroom classes.
Paul H. Cale Elementary School seeks to provide a stimulating and positive learning environment that will encourage the student to reach his/her maximum potential. Through technology students and educators will acquire information, as well as to generate creative products, using a wide range of sources. Cale students and educators will be empowered to become independent, lifelong learners in a rapidly changing society.
- GOAL 1:
- The primary objective of all disciplines will be for students to foster the capacity to apply knowledge, facts, concepts and skill in new situations where they are appropriate.
- GOAL 2:
- Cale school will promote a healthy and inviting school climate in which all students will be prepared to participate in a democratic society as responsible citizens, workers, and family members, demonstrating the adapted values of the School Board.
- GOAL 3:
- Cale School will work in a feeder pattern to provide the opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and understand the concepts of physical, mental and emotional health and demonstrate sound habits of personal health and fitness. Early intervention strategies will be a primary focus of our efforts.
- GOAL 4:
- Students will demonstrate skills and acquire knowledge to meet the established curricular expectations in the core academic areas of reading, math, written and oral communication, science and social studies. Curriculum development and implementation will be a dynamic process that necessitates ongoing revision to meet the individual needs and diverse talents of all students.
- GOAL 5:
- Cale school will establish comprehensive opportunities to ensure parental and community involvement toward making each student's education a substantive and valuable experience. We will develop partnerships with parents, community members, and businesses that directly support and guide our educational goals. Working together, we will ensure that all students develop the skills and abilities necessary to be self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.