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Joseph B. Van Pelt Elementary

200 Springhill Terrace

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Philosophy:  The purpose of Van Pelt Elementary School is to provide an environment in which the student will develop intellectually, emotionally, and physically in order to become a contributing member of society.  Each student will be challenged to develop to full potential through personalized programs that provide flexible learning situations and a variety of learning activities, within an atmosphere of challenge and acceptance.

It is the responsibility of the school staff to provide each student the opportunity to acquire and retain basic facts, ideas, and concepts, and to develop an intellectual curiosity and a desire for learning that will extend beyond the school years.

Each student is influenced by the community in which he lives.  Therefore, cooperative and supportive interaction between the school and the community will be maintained.

The ultimate goal of the school's programs is to develop in each child that ability to communicate with others, the power to deal with everyday situations, the strength to apply rational thinking skills in solving problems.

Location:  200 Springhill Terrace - Bristol Virginia, 24201    Driving Directions

Contact Numbers:  Phone (276) 821-5770 - Fax (276) 821-5771

Principal:  Dennis Staton

Enrollment:  372

Grade Levels:  Pre-K - Fifth

SOL Pass Rates

Reading Writing Math History/VA Studies Science
Grade 3 86.9 na 95.1 98.3 98.4
Grade 4 89.8 na 92.7 94.6 na
Grade 5 93.4 85.2 90.9 84.6  
Complete School Report Card


  • Accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools

  • Fully SOL Accredited by the Virginia Department of Education

  • Achieved the Adequate Yearly Progress Status Each Year Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

  • 2007 Distinguished Title I School

Rotary Teacher of the Year Award

  • 1990 Ms. Barnhill

  • 1991 Mr. Marler

  • 1992 Ms. Thayer

  • 1995 Mrs. Pond

  • 1997 Mrs. Bowers

  • 2000 Mrs. Hopkins

  • 2003 Mrs. Rasnick

  • 2005 Mrs. Haderer

McGlothlin Award

  • 2003 Mr. Talley

School Facts:

  • Additional classes - Art, Music, Physical Education, Guidance, Library

  • Gifted - Visions and ECLAT Programs

  • Special Services - Pre-School Handicapped, Speech, Specific Learning Disability, Mentally Handicapped, Kindergarten Transition Program, Developmentally Delayed Program, Multi-Handicapped

  • Summer School

  • After School Program

  • Preschool Programs

Parent Involvement:

  • Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)


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