Award Year: 2013

Snowville Elementary School

4858 Lead Mine Road
Hiwassee, VA, 24347-2814

(540) 643-0766

Bridget Parsons, Principal at time of Nomination

Pulaski County Public Schools

School Website


To work together as a team to create a safe, nurturing learning environment to enable students to experience success all throughout life

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Snowville Elementary is a small community school with a reputation for excellence. It is the smallest and most rural of eight schools in the Pulaski County Public School Division. It is beautifully situated near the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounded by a community that values and supports education.

Some of the greatest strengths of Snowville Elementary are its small size and family atmosphere. The committed, hardworking faculty and staff work together and take ownership for the learning of every child. Teachers continually collaborate through professional learning communities and daily interactions, freely sharing materials and ideas. They use county pacing guides and data to drive instruction, frequently infusing technology into lessons to enhance learning.

Rising kindergarten students eagerly await a home visit before school begins each fall. Parents attend Parent Night at the beginning of the school year for information about grade level expectations and the curriculum. The Fall Festival, Trick-or-Treat Trail, Veteran’s Day celebration and the PTO Christmas Program are events enjoyed annually by families and the community. These are just a few of the traditions unique to Snowville Elementary.

Snowville students have been recognized by the state Board of Education for their academic performance with the 2013 Board of Education Excellence Award, the 2012 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award, the 2011 Board of Education Competence to Excellence Award, the 2009 Board of Education Excellence Award, and the 2008 Board of Education’s VIP Competence to Excellence Award.