The Field School of Charlottesville, which has its abode in the old Crozet elementary school, had its request for special use permit to develop a new school on a 62-acre parcel on Polo Grounds Road near the SOCA play fields deferred by the Albemarle Bard of Supervisors until their October 9 meeting. Before a final vote, supervisors want to know more about events the school would host and how it proposed to screen itself from one neighbor. The school may also be required to improve part of the intersection of Rt. 29N and Polo Grounds Road.
Field School headmaster Todd Barnett said any move would be years off and that at least five years of fundraising for the building would be necessary. Fundraising won’t start until the school secures the supervisors’ approval.
“When the earthquake happened, the county had to condemn one room in the building, so that put us into thinking long-term about having a place of our own,” he said. “It’s a great spot for us. It gives us more land and it’s gorgeous. The school would be on the crown of the property with Blue Ridge views and the Rivanna River below. What we are looking for is a place where we can have biking trails and science classes outdoors. Hopefully we’ll get there.
“I would so much rather be in Crozet,” admitted Barnett. “I am unendingly impressed with this community and the initiative in this community. We love it here.” He said he would buy the building he is in if he could afford it.
The school offers boys in grades 5 through 8 a traditional, academically rigorous curriculum, including Latin, and also stresses moral development and team sports.
Barnett noted that on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills taken by students last May, each grade had a final overall score in the 99th percentile in reading, math, social studies and science.
On Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. the Field School will host the fifth annual Crozet Spirit Walk. Students and community members impersonate characters from Crozet’s past and lead a fun and educational walking tour of Crozet. Tours depart from the Field School, where apple butter, brunswick stew and other treats will be for sale. Tickets are $10 for adults, and kids under 16 are free.