Award Year: 2022

West Point Elementary School

1060 Thompson Avenue
West Point, VA, 23181-9766

(804) 843-2030

Mrs Kristen Britt, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

West Point School District

School Website


It is the mission of West Point Public Schools to engage all students in robust preparation for a life of continuous learning as productive citizens within our community and beyond. The vision of West Point Public Schools is to create a bridge to opportunity that enables each student to maximize their potential to achieve academically, grow personally, and contribute positively to their community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 10%
Students explore robotics and engineering in STEAM class.

Students explore robotics and engineering in STEAM class.

West Point Elementary School serves the families of a small, rural paper-mill town at the confluence of three rivers. West Point's reputation for high achievement is widely known and remains a consistent draw for families to move to the community. The essence of the school's success is founded in the three core anchors of Excellence, Innovation, and Relationships.

West Point Elementary emphasizes relationships to accurately assess needs and effectively fuel individual achievement. The students, families, faculty, and administration tirelessly contribute to intersecting connections of support and encouragement. Across decades, a cultivated culture of person-centered development where the common goals of prioritizing the students and maximizing their potential forms the defining community objective.

Encouraging innovation is an important component to promoting continually productive citizens. As an example of this belief, the addition of a STEAM program challenges the entire West Point Elementary student population on a weekly basis to innovate. Students explore robotics, engineering, and art through guided self-discovery. Monthly, this initiative also collaborates with the Physical Education, Library, and Music departments to highlight cultural events and celebrate diversities.

Exemplified by the Afternoon Academy, the commitment to empowering Excellence is apparent. For this program, the daily schedule incorporates an extra period of enrichment and remediation beyond the regular school day for faculty to assist students with individualized needs. The Afternoon Academy requires extra resources and collaboration from the school system and the community as a whole. West Point Elementary appreciates the joint efforts of all stakeholders, both from within the school and the community at-large, to remain "Pointed in the Right Direction."