Academics

Amherst County Public Schools (ACPS) offers a student-centered academic program that focuses on the relationships between talented students and capable and caring teachers. Our goal, Every Child-Every Day emphasizes the development of students’ passions and abilities.  
 
Elementary student with globeThe cultural and economic diversity of our community, the teaching styles, and the approaches to learning are all essential to ACPS Academics. We believe that in today’s global world, our students need to know more than one culture, one history, and one language. 
 
 
ACPS offers a challenging curriculum for all students starting with our pre-school programs, through elementary, middle, and high school. We continue to expand programs that are geared toward active strategies that involve the students with each other and with the subject matter being studied. Students learn differently. To meet those different needs, our teachers are encouraged to offer students opportunities that support mastery of learning through portfolios, projects, presentations, and the traditional assessment format. 
 
Graduation of studentsThe ultimate goal is for students to exit ACPS being prepared for college or a career in our community or abroad. Advanced Placement courses, as well as, Career and Technical offerings allow students to forge a path that is right for them. Whatever the path chosen a rigorous academic experience is available for all students. Instruction is rooted in the basics, yet encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning. Amherst County Public Schools is committed to supporting a student-centered academic program that contributes to a vibrant learning community.
 
To learn more about academics in Amherst County Public Schools, select an Instructional Service hyperlink below.
 
Office of the Director of Academics    
Dr. Dana Norman, Director dnorman@amherst.k12.va.us 434-946-9386 x9343
2015-2021 Strategic Plan    
Curriculum and Pacing    
Instructional Policy    
Program of Studies    
School Report Cards    
Schools    
Teacher Direct    

 

Instructional Services    
Brendon Albon, Supervisor of Local
Assessment, Math, Science, and Gifted
balbon@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9556
Math    
Science    
Gifted    
Marymargaret Cardwell, Supervisor of
Federal Programs
mcardwell@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9554
Federal Programs    
School Improvement    
General Education Diploma (GED)    
Jim Gallagher, Supervisor of Student Services jgallagher@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9559
Summer School Information    
Juli Albert, Special Education Instruction
Specialist
jalbert@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9555
Student Services    
Special Education Services    
Section 504    
Joe Goldman, Supervisor of Technology jgoldman@amherst.k12.va.us 847-4210
Technology    
ITRT    
Ernie Guill, Director of Support Services eguill@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9548
Code of Conduct for High School    
Code of Conduct for Middle and Elementary    
Health and Physical Education    
Wayne Lyle, Supervisor of Humanities and
Early Childhood Education
wlyle@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9557
English (Language Arts/Reading)    
Fine Arts    
Foreign Language    
History and Social Sciences    
Pre-School Programs    
Mary Mays, Supervisor of School
Counseling, State Assessment, CTE
mmays@amherst.k12.va.us 946-9386 x9553
School Counseling    
Career and Technical Education    
Assessment    

 

Shipping Address
Dr. Dana Norman
Director of Academics 
153 Washington Street
Amherst, VA 24521
Mailing Address
Dr. Dana Norman
Director of Academics
P.O. Box 1257
Amherst, VA 24521