Award Year: 2017

Mountain View Elementary School

20 Burger Circle
Buena Vista, VA, 24416-4620

(540) 261-2418

Ms. Lori Staton Teague, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Rockbridge County Public Schools

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Mountain View Elementary School is a community of students, parents, and staff that is dedicated to the development of every individual's desire to learn and achieve. Together we provide a safe, loving, and supportive environment that fosters curiosity, builds confidence and a lifelong passion for learning. Mountain View's mission is to have each student not only achieve his or her greatest academic potential but also exhibit personal integrity beyond their time here at Mountain View.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 95%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 53%
Mountain View Elementary

Mountain View Elementary

Nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain View Elementary (MVE) has been the focal point of our small community for 100 years. Much has changed but this has not --encouraging individual accomplishments and community cohesiveness.

MVE's success is the result of whole community support. We have partnerships with three local colleges and universities who provide foreign language enrichment, classroom volunteers, and gifted education partners. Other organizations in our community provide students with backpacks of food for their weekend, free vision screenings, and even free dental care done here at school. Literacy volunteers from our local library and retired MVE teachers help in our classrooms.

Every staff member at MVE strives to ensure student success. Teachers routinely use planning periods to help struggling students and provide assistance in other classrooms. It's not unusual to see a fourth grade teacher helping second graders read, a first grade teacher reviewing math concepts with third graders, or the fifth grade teacher instruction first grade writers. This assistance is not dictated by a schedule but represents the culture at MVE. Each member of the MVE family unselfishly shares their time and knowledge. Everyone working together creates success for our students.

The implementation of MVE's Cat Academy represents the single most important practice contributing to student success. Sixty minutes of math and reading enrichment/intervention is provided for all students every day. Cat Academy does not compete with regular classroom instructional time since students are no longer removed from classroom instruction for remediation or enrichment.