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Vision and Mission Statement

over 3 years ago

Our Vision

West Point Schools embraces the ever increasing challenges of living in the world today and thus seeks to engage the community in united efforts that will ensure all children reach their fullest development in academic, vocational, physical, and social education.


Our Mission Statement

It is the mission of West Point Public Schools to maximize the intellect and abilities of all students so they will be prepared for a life of continuous learning and be productive citizens in our increasingly global society.


Our Values and Beliefs
We believe...

    • Excellence must be exhibited in all we do
    • Every student is an opportunity and must be challenged
    • Each minute of our instructional day will be used to the fulfillment of our mission
    • Exercise of mind and body is essential for personal growth
    • Exploring evidence-based research is essential to fulfilling our mission
    • Efficient use of all resources is necessary for the realization of our mission
    • Every administrator, teacher and support staff is important to meeting our mission
    • Empowering our human assets with professional development and resources is critical to the fulfillment of our mission
    • Effective engagement of our parents and community enhances our mission
    • Effective learning takes place in a safe and secure learning environment 

    About Us

    over 3 years ago

    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. The most recent census reported 3,000 West Point residents. School aged children living outside West Point are welcome to apply as tuition students. 


    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.
    • Superintendent
    • 2 Central Office Administrators
    • 6 School-Based Administrators
    • 71 Teachers
    • 59 Support Staff including:
    • Administrative Assistants
    • Bus Drivers
    • Clerical
    • Custodians
    • Food Service
    • Maintenance
    • Teacher Assistants

    Enrollment: 760
    Residents: 606
    Non-Resident Tuition Students: 149

    West Point Elementary (Grades K-5): 323
    West Point Middle (Grades 6-8): 172
    West Point High School (Grades 9-12): 265

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

    • Pre-School Screening  - Students Entering Kindergarten
    • Standards of Learning Assessment - Grades 3, 5, 8, 11 and End of Course Tests
    • Stanford Achievement Test (Stanford 10)
    • Otis-Lennon School Ability Test, Seventh Edition - Grades 1, 3, 5 and 8
    • Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) - Grade 9
    • PSAT
    • SAT

    Entrance Requirements

    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

    Areas of Giftedness 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

    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.

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

    • 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 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.

    Labs,K-12 classrooms, libraries, offices and multi-purpose rooms comprise a Local Area Network with 10 BaseT 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/monitorPC-to-TV converters
    • Graphing calculators
    • ScannersCamcorders
    • Digital camerasLaser disc players
    • A new wireless lab is available at West Point High School
    • Assistive technology devices for special needs

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

    Superintendent's Biography

    about 1 year ago

    Laura K. Abel

    West Point Public Schools

    Division Superintendent

    (804) 843-4386

    Laura K. Abel

    Welcome to West Point Public Schools.  I am truly honored to work in a school division and community that share a deep commitment to the success of every child.   Creating an environment in which every student can be successful is our most important responsibility.   West Point Public Schools believes that we serve as “A Bridge to Opportunity” by providing our students with high quality educational and extracurricular experiences that enable students to build a bridge to a promising and productive future.   We are committed to ensuring that our students are provided learning opportunities that enable them to become: 

    • Good citizens,
    • Innovators,
    • Critical/global thinkers,
    • Effective communicators,
    • Adaptable and flexible problem solvers,
    • Digitally literate, and
    • Team Players. 

    West Point Public Schools has much to be proud of, including being honored as a National Blue Ribbon School Division for outstanding student achievement, educational leadership and exemplary teaching as well as being only one of two divisions in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be named as a Highly Distinguished Title I School Division.  We are committed to not resting on our past laurels and continually challenge ourselves to keep pace with advancements in education and the global society to ensure that we are preparing WPPS students for their rapidly changing future.   Every staff member wants the best for our students and you could not ask for more dedicated and hard-working individuals to teach your children.

    It is my pledge to the West Point community that we will continue to have a school division that you can be proud of and know that your child (or children) is being provided with the best educational experiences possible.

    Laura K. Abel

    Follow me on Twitter @labelwp  

    Mrs. Laura K. Abel was appointed Superintendent of West Point Public Schools in September, 2015.  She is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including classroom teacher, central office coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal and Assistant Superintendent.  Mrs. Abel has spent the majority of her career in Virginia but as a Coast Guard wife had the opportunity to work in a variety of educational settings, both public and private, in Connecticut, Puerto Rico and Miami.  She is committed to educational excellence and has built an extensive track record of successful school and division leadership.