Award Year: 2013

Carrsville Elementary School

5355 Carrsville Highway
Carrsville, VA, 23315-3024

(757) 357-8844

Laura Matthews, Principal at time of Nomination

Isle of Wight County Public Schools

School Website


We are a community of learners dedicated to academic excellence in a safe, enriching environment that fosters each student’s growth and promotes life-long learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Carrsville Elementary, located in the southern end of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, serves approximately 250 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five. Over the past several years, our rural community has experienced significant economic challenges. Due to the rising numbers of students who receive free and reduced lunch, CES became a Title I school in 2008, earning the Title I Distinguished School Award every year since becoming a Title I school.

Home of the Bulldogs, our school colors are red and white, and they are worn with pride. The staff maintains high expectations for themselves as well as their students, and much of the overall success of CES is the result of unparalleled teamwork and a clear focus on the individual needs of students.

Creating a community of continuous learners is who and what Carrsville Elementary is all about. At CES, it is understood that effective classroom management and positive relationships among the school community are essential to our school’s success. Quarterly assemblies celebrate achievements and provide continued motivation for students to always do their best.

Student engagement is a high priority at CES, and while hands-on, real life instructional methods and strategies are evident in each classroom, technology is changing our learning environment. A commitment to excel in an ever-changing, global society is evident through the successful integration of technology, where possibilities are endless for the learning.

While we are proud of the success achieved through the years, each year brings new challenges. We are committed to evaluating where we are, where we want to go, and beginning the new journey to arrive at the set destination.