Award Year: 2022

Nuckols Farm Elementary School

12351 Graham Meadows Drive
Henrico, VA, 23233-6619

(804) 364-0840

Mrs. Crystal Metzger, Principal at time of Nomination

Henrico County School District

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Nuckols Farm Elementary is a joyful community of learners dedicated to exemplary academic achievement, care for one another, service to others, and recognition of each person's unique gifts and contributions. Staff, students, parents, and the community work together to nurture skilled, caring, and passionate leaders for tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 74%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 6%
  • Asian: 13%
2nd grade classroom transformation - Students were studying text features.

2nd grade classroom transformation - Students were studying text features.

Nuckols Farm Elementary School (NFES) is a student strong, exceptionally recognized elementary school. Established in 1997, NFES is celebrating 25 years of excellence this year. The NFES staff, in partnership with families, work to create a dynamic learning environment in which all students can grow and succeed. At its core, NFES believes in building positive, strong relationships among staff, with students, and in collaboration with families. As a school team, NFES works together to achieve common goals around instructional excellence with a focus on building character in students and helping others through community service projects. The mission statement of NFES encompasses the community's beliefs and is what drives the work do each day at "The Farm."

Instead of "covering" the curriculum, NFES supports students in "uncovering" the curriculum, with rigor and relevance. The leadership and staff at NFES believe that learning should be challenging, meaningful, and experiential. This belief and priority are realized by actively engaging students each day in instruction that offers opportunities for critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, all while helping students to demonstrate quality character and global citizenship. These attributes are achieved by planning and delivering instruction through the lens of clarity around learning that is authentic and connected. The teachers at NFES support students in goal setting and encourage them to take ownership of their learning. In sum, it is through the dedication of NFES staff, the intentional investments they make in students, and the genuine partnership that school has with its community that makes Nuckols Farm Elementary School a special, rewarding place for all students to learn and achieve.