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About Meriwether Lewis Elementary 

Mission Statement

The mission of Meriwether Lewis Elementary is to inspire and develop a community of critical and creative thinkers, responsible global citizens, and lifelong learners.

Educational Exploration

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Home of the Bluebirds, serves 447 students in grades kindergarten through fifth. The original school building opened in 1922 moved to its current building located in a rural area near Ivy where it has the capacity to employ 63 staff and faculty members as well as nine bus drivers. The school has an active student body, boasting a total of 24 teams and clubs, such as Destination Imagination and Honor's Choir. Meriwether Lewis also won the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The school was named for the tenacious and Albemarle-born Meriwether Lewis, most famously known for exploring the Louisiana Purchase with fellow travelers William Clark and Sacajawea in 1803. Spurring students to continue in this adventuresome legacy is the "Enrichment Zone," an after-school program with a variety of unique activities. Run by teachers and adult volunteers, the Enrichment Zone seeks to engage students in foreign languages, art, sports, music, math and science.

Features & Accolades

  • The 2009, 2010 and 2011 Governor's Award for Educational Excellence in the Virginia Index of Performance Program
  • HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award
  • Support various service and charitable organizations, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Service Dogs of VA, Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, Red Cross, Epilepsy Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Annual Participation in geography bee, spelling bee and Honor's Choir
  • Meriwether Lewis was the first Smith-Hughes school in Albemarle County, teaching vocational education in the areas of agriculture, trades and industry and home economics in accordance with the Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act of 1917

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