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 two hundred 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 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 is a Career and Technical Center that serves students from Abingdon High, Holston High, John S. Battle High, and Patrick Henry High Schools. The Washington County Technical School, which opened in 1938, 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.

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 SACSCASI we hope to see that it continues for many years to come.

The 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 include Abingdon, John S. Battle, Holston, and Patrick Henry. The vocational schools include the Washington County Technical School and William N. Neff Center for Science and Technology. The Washington County 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 primarily 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. To reach state accreditation, 70% of students must 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. All schools in Washington County met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the initial 2004-05 school year. Benchmark tests are periodically administered to evaluate student progress.

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. 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.

  • Adopt a student/employee safety policy.
  • Employ School Resource Officers (SRO) through the cooperation of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Abingdon Police Department.
  • Conduct a school safety audit of each building.
  • Strengthen and broaden the 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.
  • Monitor public access to schools to provide a safe school environment and to accommodate visitors.
  • 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 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. The Superintendent's Educational Excellence Award recognizes schools that meet selected benchmarks throughout the school year.

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 2014-04-16
SchoolGrade PKGrade KGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5Total
Abingdon Elementary School48708965817577505
Greendale Elementary School26565146575651343
High Point Elementary School4285861059310194606
Meadowview Elementary School3711410897869489625
Rhea Valley Elementary School44478566667367448
Valley Institute Elementary School27515460504758347
Watauga Elementary School3289979210010189600
Total Elementary2565125705315335475253474

Middle School Enrollment as of 2014-04-16
SchoolGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8Total
Damascus Middle School868585256
E. B. Stanley Middle School229247230706
Glade Spring Middle School1119899308
Wallace Middle School143144157444
Total Middle5695745711714

Secondary School Enrollment as of 2014-04-16
SchoolGrade 9Grade 10Grade 11Grade 12PostTotal
Abingdon High School231199202215847
Holston High School88696675298
John S. Battle High School158148151151608
Patrick Henry High School11110280105398
Total Secondary5885184995462151

Demographics of Interest as of 2014-04-16
SchoolMinoritiesLEPSpecial EducationGifted
Abingdon Elementary School53*11241
Greendale Elementary School18*5718
High Point Elementary School29*7820
Meadowview Elementary School37*11131
Rhea Valley Elementary School12*8825
Valley Institute Elementary School**5928
Watauga Elementary School37257731
Total Elementary19353582194
Damascus Middle School**4350
E. B. Stanley Middle School44*11376
Glade Spring Middle School17*5255
Wallace Middle School12*6769
Total Middle7811275250
Abingdon High School45*146114
Holston High School**4769
John S. Battle High School16*5598
Patrick Henry High School14*6079
Total Secondary82*308360
Total Division353711165804
* Value is suppressed when less than 10
Students Receiving Free or Reduced Lunch as of 2014-04-16
Abingdon Elementary School2122045.94%
Greendale Elementary School1811757.73%
High Point Elementary School2633449.01%
Meadowview Elementary School3354861.28%
Rhea Valley Elementary School2443963.17%
Valley Institute Elementary School1892762.25%
Watauga Elementary School2023639.67%
Total Elementary162622153.17%
Damascus Middle School1242758.98%
E. B. Stanley Middle School2243636.83%
Glade Spring Middle School1332250.32%
Wallace Middle School1823348.42%
Total Middle66311845.57%
Abingdon High School2014929.52%
Holston High School1292351.01%
John S. Battle High School1883837.17%
Patrick Henry High School1432141.21%
Total Secondary66113136.82%
Total Division295047046.60%

Graduation Rates
(the number of grduates does not include those students who transferred in or out of the system during the four year period of high school instruction)
School Year Fall Membership in 9th Grade 4 Years Prior Standard Diploma Advanced Studies Diploma Special Diploma Certificate of Program Completion GED Certificate ISAEP GED GAD Modified Standard Diploma Total Graduates and Completers Percentage Graduates from 9th Grade Membership
2008-2009 (prelim) 635 267 239 0 0 1 49 0 10 566 89.1
2007-2008 627 277 247 3 0 0 40 0 19 586 93.5
2006-2007 635 274 215 4 0 15 32 0 8 548 86.3
2005-2006 625 269 235 7 0 18 24 0 20 536 91.7
2004-2005 606 266 202 7 2 0 47 0 21 545 89.9
2003-2004 617 246 207 3 5 6 21 0 17 505 81.8
2002-2003 633 308 195 1 2 7 0 0 0 513 81.0
2001-2002 589 310 181 3 4 0 1 0 0 499 84.7
2000-2001 626 294 237 7 0 2 2 0 0 542 86.6
1999-2000 653 289 224 6 5 4 0 0 0 528 80.9
Washington County Community Scholars
Year Abingdon High Holston High John S. Battle High Patrick Henry High
2010-2011 66 23 50 25
2009-2010 54 35 19 19
2008-2009 64 14 27 21
2007-2008 61 12 30 25
2006-2007 70 14 37 26
2005-2006 87 30 33 40
Junior Washington County Community Scholars
Year Damascus Middle E.B. Stanley Middle Glade Spring Middle Wallace Middle
2009-2010 41 115 36 60
2008-2009 53 90 45 62
2007-2008 38 78 41 60
2006-2007 29 56 36 38

Teacher and Administrator Demographics


Teachers by Level

Advanced Degrees: 237

National Board Certification: 5

Administrators by Level
Central Office18

Support Personnel Demographics


Number of Support Personnel: 358

Last Update: 2012-03-27 13:32:33

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