Award Year: 2017

Union Hall Elementary School

100 Union Hall Circle
Chatham, VA, 24531-0000

(434) 724-7010

Mrs. Carolyn Martin Harris, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Amy Emond, Current Principal

Title I School

Pittsylvania County Public School District

School Website


The mission of Union Hall Elementary School is to provide a quality education to all students in a caring and supportive environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 25%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 74%
Fifth graders created and performed a rap from a prompt.

Fifth graders created and performed a rap from a prompt.

Union Hall Elementary is located in the south central region of Virginia in rural Pittsylvania County. It is one of 10 elementary schools in the school district. The school has a tradition of high expectations for students and staff. The school has a commitment to educating every student, a focus on improving the quality of instruction, developing strong personal relationships, and careful attention to successfully implementing multifaceted strategies for continuous improvement in student achievement.

The highly committed staff views improved student achievement and effective school functioning as its shared responsibility and seeks to continuously develop teachers' professional skills. The small school environment encourages collaboration and a team approach to instruction and remediation. Each week teachers participate in structured collaboration meetings where they co-plan and co-teach differentiated lessons, share successful strategies, create supplements, analyze vertical standards alignment to challenge students, and plan intervention strategies with support staff.

Every minute counts at Union Hall Elementary School, and all students are actively engaged to maximize student learning. Students benefit most from consistent, focused, and well-designed instruction. Union Hall believes the key to a successful student stems from a solid reading foundation. The goal is to have all students reading at or above grade level by third grade. A consistent and focused literacy program from preschool through fifth grade has been the major priority.

A key component in the school's instructional model is the use of technology. Teachers have received multifaceted technology training and incorporate technology into daily lessons and activities.