Washington County was formed in 1776 from Fincastle County and was named for George Washington, who was then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Throughout the past 200 years, parts of Washington County have become Russell, Lee and Wythe counties. With the incorporation of the town of Goodson as the independent city of Bristol in 1890, Washington County assumed its present size.

Many different schools served the children of Washington County. In the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's the school board, under the direction of E. B. Stanley, began a massive consolidation effort that saw the closing of many one room school houses. Four new high schools were built in the 1950's and early 1960's which still operate today: Abingdon High School, John S. Battle High School, Holston High School, and Patrick Henry High School. Many new elementary schools were constructed during this era including Abingdon Elementary, Glade Spring Elementary, High Point Elementary, and Valley Institute Elementary. The remaining older and smaller elementary schools were closed in the 1970's with the construction of Damascus Elementary, E. B. Stanley Elementary, Greendale Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Rhea Valley Elementary, and Watauga Elementary. Major additions were added to Wallace Elementary, Valley Institute Elementary and Abingdon High School during this time as well.

The next phase of change for the students of Washington County occurred in 1991 with the implementation of the middle school concept. Four of the county's elementary schools became middle schools: Damascus, E. B. Stanley, Glade Spring, and Wallace. The remaining two small elementary schools, Hayter's Gap and Mendota, were closed at this time and those students were transferred to Greendale Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, and Valley Institute Elementary.

The Washington County Technical School, which opened in 1938 and combined with the William N. Neff Center in 2012, provides the skills needed for entry-level jobs in local industries and the necessary background for career advancement and continued education. The Washington County Adult Skills Center, which offers a wide variety of job training skills for adults, has also been serving students since 1938. The William N. Neff Center for Science & Technology opened in 1975 to serve as the training center for Washington County high school juniors and seniors. The Washington County Technical School was a Career and Technical Center that served students from Abingdon High, Holston High, John S. Battle High, and Patrick Henry High Schools.

Since 1968, all of Washington County Schools have been a member of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). We are proud of our record with SACS and with the merging of the elementary and secondary commission into SACS CASI we hope to see that it continues for many years to come.

Washington County's seven elementary schools include Abingdon, Greendale, High Point, Meadowview, Rhea Valley, Valley Institute, and Watauga. Damascus, Glade Spring, E.B. Stanley, and Wallace are the four middle schools. The four high schools consists of Abingdon, John S. Battle, Holston, and Patrick Henry. The Career and Technical Education Center serves our high school students and the Adult Skill Center provides educational opportunities for adults.

Beginning in the 1990's school board members moved from being appointed by the Board of Supervisors to an elected position. Currently school board members represent seven voting districts within the county.

Mission Statement

Washington County Schools will provide a safe, supportive and engaging learning environment, which challenges all students to achieve their own maximum potential. In partnership with the family and community, the Washington County School System will offer a diverse array of educational experiences that will provide all students the opportunity to acquire basic academic skills and promote their healthy social, physical, and intellectual growth.

Vision Statement

Washington County Schools will be a dynamic community of learners where:

  • Faculty and staff are empowered through respect, training, leadership and resources to provide an excellent educational program;
  • Faculty and staff communicate high expectations and respect to every student;
  • Students are engaged through a rich curriculum to acquire the skills and the love of learning;
  • All students obtain the skills of citizenship by playing and working together in an atmosphere that respects both diversity and cooperation;
  • A partnership with parents and the greater community extends to all citizens a greater appreciation of the value of an excellent education; and
  • Students exit with academic skills at or above grade level and on graduation are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and/or employment.

Statement of Core Values

We believe successful schools:

  • Provide safe, healthy and dynamic learning environments.
  • Employ and retain highly qualified staff.
  • Have well-defined curriculum and programs that are aligned with state and national standards.
  • Involve all stakeholders as partners.
  • Respect all.
  • Are accountable.
  • Align budgets with priorities.
  • Result from effective communication from and to every level.
  • Engage and communicate with families.
  • Provide opportunities for participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

We believe effective instruction:

  • Is research-based.
  • Assumes all children can learn.
  • Meets the unique needs of each child.
  • Prepares students for success.
  • Educates the whole child.
  • Elicits high performance consistent with abilities.


The curriculum of Washington County Schools provides a foundation for academic success for all students from preschool through adult. This curriculum is guided by the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). Students are able to attain technical skills and certification through vocational training and on-the-job experience.

Special Services

Various programs have been developed to meet the diverse learning needs of all students. Enrichment programs include Advanced Placement classes, dual enrollment, GATE (Gifted and Talented Education), and Governor's School. Students with special needs receive instruction through resource programs, tutoring, summer school, and initiatives such as Reading Recovery. A resource center is available to assist parents with information and materials for instructional support.


Washington County Public Schools strive to meet the state, regional, and national standards to ensure a quality education for their students. State accreditation is based on the percent of students that pass the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English in selected grades. Our school district is accredited by SACSCASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement) through a process of self-study and peer review.

Support Services

Support services are an integral part of the educational program. Washington County Schools provide safe, comfortable and reliable transportation to bus-riding school children. All school meals must meet standards established by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The School Board provides a computer system, including the Internet, to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The School Board places the health, safety, and welfare of its students and staff among its highest priorities. In addition, the school system has developed an emergency crisis plan.

Safety Initiatives

The Washington County School Board places the health, safety, and welfare of its students and staff among its highest priorities. See School Board Policy JHF, Student Safety, Policy GBE-3, Staff Safety, and Policy GBE, Staff Health and Safety. Each school year, we will be evaluating and monitoring the success of these initiatives. If you have any concerns or suggestions for improvement, please contact your principal.

  • Employ School Resource Officers (SRO) through the cooperation of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Abingdon Police Department.
  • Conduct a yearly school safety audit of each building.
  • Strengthen and broaden school policy on drugs.
  • Create a system that allows students, parents, and employees to report threats themselves or to facilities.
  • Provide in-service training on school safety for all administrators.
  • Develop a crisis plan in each school and update annually.
  • Implement a system to identify visitors in the school such as staff ID’s, sign-in sheets, passes, etc.
  • Establish in each school a zero tolerance for threats to safety.
  • Cooperate with local, state, and national organizations to enhance the school environment.
  • Secure law enforcement officers to provide security at high school games, dances, and other activities.
  • Enhance cooperation with local law enforcement officials and juvenile court to provide canine drug searches.
  • Establish an advisory board of students, parents and employees to enhance security.
  • Provide alternative education to students who cannot function effectively in the regular school environment.
  • Develop the School Calendar and Handbook to communicate to parents behavioral expectations for all students.
  • Provide conflict mediation training for all students through D.A.R.E. and the guidance department SAP program.
  • Conduct background searches on new employees and chaperone applications.
  • Establish Drug-Free School Zones.
  • Establish a vehicular traffic plan at each school.
  • Use security cameras on school property to monitor student behavior.
  • Attend local and state conferences to enhance the capability of providing safe schools.
  • Prioritize concerns of faculty, staff, parents, and students to provide a safer school climate.
  • Develop an Internet system to provide quick access for parents and students concerning weather-related school closings.
  • Improve significantly school facilities by installing air-conditioning, windows, roofs, floors, etc.

Community Resources/Partnerships

In a collaborative effort between the Washington County School Board; the Washington County Sheriff's Office; and the Abingdon Town Police, School Resource Officers have been assigned to each high school. Resource officers are available to the elementary and middle schools when needed. Marketing students in high school develop job skills in co-op programs with local employers. Advisory groups have been established to facilitate communication between student, teacher, parent and community stakeholders. Washington County Schools encourage parent and community volunteers to support the various programs in our schools. Many parental organizations such as the PTA, PTSA and Booster Clubs provide invaluable support to our school system. The many colleges within our area provide the schools with student teachers, tutors and speakers as well as places for our students to further their education.


Washington County Schools are proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of students and staff. Washington County Community Scholars are high school students and Jr. Washington County Community Scholars are middle school students who demonstrate a high level of citizenship and community services, academic excellence, and outstanding attendance. Students are also recognized for curricular and extracurricular accomplishments. Teachers in Washington County are recognized by local, state, and national organizations for their achievements.

Extracurricular Activities

Realizing the importance of a well-rounded student the school system endorses participation in clubs, athletics, and competitions. These activities support the emotional, social, physical, and educational development of a well-rounded student.


A long-range facilities plan has been developed to assist the system in fulfilling its mission. Cycles have been developed for replacing and/or refurbishing buildings. Special consideration has been given to having buildings that are well maintained, safe and handicap accessible. Audits are conducted annually to provide safe environments for students and employees.


The school system recognizes the importance of effective communication between staff, parents, and the community in providing a quality education for all students. Technology is an integral part of the school system's strategy for effective communication. Local and national electronic mailing lists provide an opportunity for administrators and teachers to collaborate, seek assistance, and stay informed about the latest trends and issues in education. The Keep in Contact service is utilized to inform stakeholders about school system activities. Both school and teacher web sites serve to inform stakeholders and are used as instructional tools. Electronic progress reports along with the traditional report card keep parents informed of their student's progress throughout the year.

A school calendar and handbook is distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year. Parents are required at school registration to sign and acknowledge the school policies contained within the calendar and handbook. School publications include newspapers, literary magazines, yearbooks, and newsletters. The local print and broadcast media inform the public and conduct special educational stories from within the schools.

Student Demographic Data

The most recent demographic data is available in the following links:

Elementary School Enrollment as of 2014-09-20
SchoolGrade PKGrade KGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Total
Abingdon Elementary School40887785718377521
Greendale Elementary School26545350475253335
High Point Elementary School4291868610996101611
Meadowview Elementary School36105114110978897647
Rhea Valley Elementary School45625089677173457
Valley Institute Elementary School27524756614846337
Watauga Elementary School2678851019197100578
Total Elementary2425305125775435355473486

Middle School Enrollment as of 2014-09-20
SchoolGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8Total
Damascus Middle School658988242
E. B. Stanley Middle School231233236700
Glade Spring Middle School9011198299
Wallace Middle School155147154456
Total Middle5415805761697

Secondary School Enrollment as of 2014-09-20
SchoolGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12PostTotal
Abingdon High School222219195207843
Holston High School87836560295
John S. Battle High School162150144147603
Patrick Henry High School1021199884403
Total Secondary5735715024982144

Demographics of Interest as of 2014-09-20
SchoolMinoritiesLEPSpecial EducationGifted
Abingdon Elementary School481010324
Greendale Elementary School18*4418
High Point Elementary School30*7229
Meadowview Elementary School391010720
Rhea Valley Elementary School13*7714
Valley Institute Elementary School**5230
Watauga Elementary School39276731
Total Elementary19460522166
Damascus Middle School**4542
E. B. Stanley Middle School39*11776
Glade Spring Middle School12*5046
Wallace Middle School15*6868
Total Middle71*280232
Abingdon High School4911139116
Holston High School**5166
John S. Battle High School19*5889
Patrick Henry High School19*6782
Total Secondary9512315353
Total Division360791117751
* Value is suppressed when less than 10
Students Receiving Free or Reduced Lunch as of 2014-09-20
Abingdon Elementary School2252948.75%
Greendale Elementary School1671955.52%
High Point Elementary School2583648.12%
Meadowview Elementary School3445461.51%
Rhea Valley Elementary School2533362.58%
Valley Institute Elementary School1743562.02%
Watauga Elementary School2193844.46%
Total Elementary164024454.04%
Damascus Middle School1212761.16%
E. B. Stanley Middle School2624343.57%
Glade Spring Middle School1453058.53%
Wallace Middle School1984252.63%
Total Middle72614251.15%
Abingdon High School2185632.50%
Holston High School1491856.61%
John S. Battle High School2014340.46%
Patrick Henry High School1592545.66%
Total Secondary72714240.53%
Total Division309352849.42%

Graduation Rates
(the number of graduates do not include those students who transferred in or out of the system during the four year period of high school instruction)
Class of Cohort Advanced Studies Diploma Standard Diploma Special Diploma Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate GED Cohort Completion Rate Total Completers Dropout Rate
2013 558 284 227 17 95.2 20 98.7 551 1.1
2012 546 216 258 19 91.4 32 97.3 531 2.7
2011 611 231 283 16 88.7 36 95.3 582 3.8
Washington County Community Scholars
Year Abingdon High Holston High John S. Battle High Patrick Henry High
2012-2013 75 21 42 28
2011-2012 68 15 42 20
2010-2011 72 17 41 23
Junior Washington County Community Scholars
Year Damascus Middle E.B. Stanley Middle Glade Spring Middle Wallace Middle
2012-2013 46 151 71 90
2011-2012 47 122 54 79
2010-2011 46 112 42 77

Last Update: 2014-05-15 09:41:25

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