Stony Point's Start
Stony Point Elementary School currently serves 232 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, with 45 faculty and staff members, and is situated near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 600 in eastern Albemarle County. Named for its rural surroundings, the community of Stony Point is perched on subterranean bedrock and now stands on the Southwest Mountains.
Stony Point Elementary is rich in history; the original establishment, constructed in 1908, consisted of an auditorium and three rooms supplied with heat from wood stoves. The school was as much as a four-mile walk for some of its attendees, and the first "bus" was drawn by horses and driven by a man named Obe Flint.
A communal and artistic focus on learning and discovering has come to define academic activity at Stony Point; students participate in monthly Explorer Salons where they explore a wide variety of literacy experiences and discuss their findings in small groups. An ornate Japanese Garden Dragon created with glazed tiles by the students forms the school's insignia. Various outdoor classrooms, including an oriental water garden, sculpture garden, amphitheater, raised flower bed garden, herb garden, nature trail, and meadow, produce a hands-on learning environment.
Today, students and staff use a variety of technology including laptop computers, Activboards, iPads, and iTouches as tools for learning. While much has changed since the days of a horse-drawn "bus," Stony Point continues to be known for its sense of community and commitment to educating the whole child.
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