About Us

Geographic Area
The geographic area served by the Town of West Point Public Schools is 6.31 square miles as displayed by the guide map. An October, 2000 census reported 2,866 West Point residents. School aged children living outside West Point are welcome to apply as tuition students.
 

Schools

A single high school (Grades 9-12) and middle school (Grades 6-8) with a separate elementary school (Grades K-5) comprise the West Point School Division.

Regular Instructional Programs
West Point Public Schools has partnered with the West Point Rotary Club to give books to students at risk and to parents of newborns.
High standards and high expectations for all students is the nucleus from which the instructional programs evolve.
At the elementary level, the focus is on the basics: reading (a balanced program of literature and skills with early phonics instruction), writing, spelling, grammar, and mathematics. Reading and mathematics are taught on each student's instructional level rather than an assigned grade level.
At the middle school level a core of liberal arts curriculum of science, mathematics, technology, communications, and fine arts are offered. These subjects are taught with an instructional emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and application.
The curriculum has been revised to incorporate the new Virginia Standards of Learning. This new curriculum has been fully implemented in all the schools.
 
Personnel
  • Superintendent
  • 2 Central Office Administrators
  • 6 School-Based Administrators
  • 65 Teachers
  • 59 Support Staff including:
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Bus Drivers
  • Clerical
  • Custodians
  • Food Service
  • Maintenance
  • Teacher Assistants

Demographics
Enrollment: 774
Residents: 617
Non-Resident Tuition Students: 152

Schools
West Point Elementary (Grades K-5): 322
West Point Middle (Grades 6-8): 183
West Point High School (Grades 9-12): 269

Student Population Diversities
  • Minority Students: 17%
  • College Bound Graduates: 95%
  • Drop-Out Rate: 0 - 1%
  • Free or Reduced Lunch: 28%
 

Testing
  • Pre-School Screening - Students Entering Kindergarten
  • Standards of Learning Assessment - Grades 3, 5, 8, 11 and End of Course Tests
  • Stanford Achievement Test (Stanford 9)
  • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Seventh Edition - Grades 1, 3, 5 and 8
  • Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) - Grade 9
  • PSAT
  • SAT

Entrance Requirements

Age
Children who will reach their fifth birthday on, or before September 30th of a given school year shall attend kindergarten.
Present a certified copy of the child's birth certificate. This authenticates all those entering West Point Schools for the first time.

Health Provisions
Present a comprehensive physical examination report signed by a licensed physician. Reports may not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the date of entry.
Obtain a copy of your child's Immunization Record. Advise the medical facility that it will be used to gain entrance into kindergarten. Ensure the child's immunizations are up to date for this purpose. The record must include vaccination dates and the physician's signature.

Tuition Students
The West Point School Board welcomes tuition applicants. Students are accepted without regard to race, creed, sex or disabling condition. Acceptance is based on consideration of, but not limited to the following:
  • Available space
  • Class size (including special programs)
  • Student's discipline record
  • Educational and financial advantages to the total school program
 
Gifted Program
Parents with questions about the referral and screening process or the gifted program are welcome to contact Linda Minor, Director of Instruction, at (804) 843-4368 ext. 206 or lminor@wpps.k12.va.us

Gifted Areas and Grade Levels Served
  • Intellectual Aptitude (K-12)
  • Specific Academic Aptitude (K-12)
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Technical/Practical Arts Aptitude (8-12)
  • Visual and/or Performing Arts Aptitude (7-12)
  • Art
  • Music

Service Options
  • Dual enrollment
  • Independent study projects
  • Enrichment classes and academic competitions
  • Advanced or honors classes in specific content areas
  • Guidance services addressing special needs of the gifted,
    which may include career study and course selection
  • Core program offered through in-class content, process,
    and product differentiation by the regular classroom teacher.
  • Academic year Governor's School (when needs cannot be met locally)
  • Content and grade level acceleration based on individual needs
  • Summer Residential Governor's School (pending application and acceptance)

Special Education
All assurances are implemented to meet the needs of special children. These assurances include Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We locate, evaluate, and place students with disabilities.
Identification methods, class size, and delivery of services are governed by the Virginia Department of Education program standards. The local school board reviews and approves a plan annually. In turn, documentation of services is submitted to the state.
The percentage of students with disabilities in West Point is similar to both state and national percentages of categorical identification. Specific learning disability is the highest percentage. Related services such as speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy are provided as required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education and as outlined in the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

After School Remediation
Learning time is extended each day which initiates a seventh period available to all students. Teachers implement planned remediation lessons, offer project assistance, and focus on strengthening skills using diagnostic and developmental procedures. Mandatory attendance is required from students whose standardized test scores fall into the bottom quartile.

Summer School Programs
West Point Elementary School
  • Reading and Language
  • Math

West Point Middle School
  • Reading
  • Math

West Point High School
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Band Camp

Mentorships
This partnership in education program helps perpetuate the positive influence of the school environment. Students are matched with a community person who has agreed to commit themselves to a long term relationship. Mentors arrange meetings twice a month to assist with school related matters only.

Goals
  • To provide consistent support for student success
  • To recognize all degrees of student achievement
  • To promote a positive influence between school and home

Strategies
  • Plan a student centered course of action divided into manageable steps
  • Provide feedback related to the student's academic performance
  • Untangle lines of communication between the student at school and their home

Mentor and Student Identification
  • Principals identify students to participate in this program
  • Members of the school community and partners in education serve as mentors

Technology
Technology is integrated into all curriculum areas in order to enhance learning. Teachers develop students' technology skills necessary for their future education and employment. Emerging technology is used as a component to perform administrative tasks. Technology based inservice training, workshops, and continuing education classes are conducted to ensure teachers' competencies.

Infrastructure
Labs, K-12 classrooms, libraries, offices and multi-purpose rooms comprise a Local Area Network with 10BaseT connections. Each school houses necessary hubs and bridges. Fiber optic cable completes the backbone network. A T1 line completes our wide area network to the Internet.

Hardware and Peripherals
Classrooms are equipped with 2 - 6 multimedia computers
Notebook computers and LCD projectors are available for check-out purposes
Classrooms are being equipped with a presentation TV/monitor
PC-to-TV converters
Graphing calculators
Scanners
Camcorders
Digital cameras
Laser disc players
A new wireless lab is available at West Point High School
Assistive technology devices for special needs

Software
Software serves to facilitate instructional goals and enhance both student and teacher productivity. These programs must support the curriculum and mission of the West Point School division.