Western Albemarle High School - Albemarle County Public Schools

Enriching Student Experiences

With a strong tradition of excellence, Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) is a comprehensive high school offering students the opportunity to excel in academics as well as extracurricular activities.

Western Albemarle High School

School Highlights

Western Albemarle High School is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of all of its students by offering a wide range of authentic, interdisciplinary experiences for students. This philosophy can be seen in numerous ways throughout the school.

Western’s Environmental Studies Academy is built around authentic, project-based experiences that allow students to have more ownership of their own learning. The program builds students’ background knowledge and challenges them to apply that knowledge to solve real-world problems and capitalize on regional opportunities. Student learning is extended through community partnerships that allow students’ work to be validated by experts in the field in addition to their classroom teachers.

This instructional methodology is seen in other areas of the school, such as the American Studies program, which has been a cornerstone of the 11th-grade experience and continues to innovate and evolve. All 11th-grade students participate in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of U.S. History and English. Classes are team taught with a thematic approach that allows students to see the interconnectedness of the content, while also demonstrating their mastery through a wide range of assessments and projects, such as simulations and the creation of podcasts. This model continues to expand with the recently developed global studies program, which combines the curriculum of World History I and English 9 into an interdisciplinary, project-based approach.

WAHS shows its dedication to the individualization of the high school experience through the Changemakers program. This undertaking allows students to pursue passions that may not be reflected in the high school program of studies, such as drone creation and movie production, by finding community resources to connect students with mentors for a non-traditional course credit.

The school also instills the values of community service with student-led activities throughout the year that support the needs of the Western Albemarle community and central Virginia as a whole. Western Albemarle celebrates fine and practical arts throughout a number of ways, including student-centered pathways, programs, and community partnerships.

Facility Information

​Built in 1977

189,904 square feet

75.0 acre site

1997: $2.7 million renovation: Main office and guidance areas were renovated and expanded to include additional offices and three conference rooms; Library was modified to include more stacks, larger storage space, and new work areas; Four new classrooms and two science labs were added; Auxiliary gym was added

1998: $232,175 renovation was made to the industrial arts department to include more computer technology

2001: Concession Stand was added to the Baseball Field

2005: Albemarle County Schools and the Warrior Club joined to build a fitness center including a modern weight room and workout area

2007: HVAC system was replaced in the A-wing along with a boiler that serves the entire building; Air-conditioning was added and lighting updated in the gym area

2011: New turf field installed

2012: Auditorium light replacement; Cafeteria and Auditorium HVAC replacement; Track and tennis court reconstruction

2013: HVAC replacement (C & D wings, band room); flooring replacement; emergency generator

2014: Environmental Studies Academy Science Room renovation; flooring replacement

2015: New entry vestibule and minor office renovations; Media Center modernization; replaced HVAC in B-Wing and locker rooms; Environmental Studies Academy Greenhouse and Classrooms​​

2016: Kitchen upgrade with Child Nutrition equipment replacement and HVAC replacement; casework refurbishment/locker removal; Math classrooms modernization; acoustical panel installation in the Band and Choir rooms

Western Albemarle is the final destination of all Western Feeder Pattern middle and elementary schools.​​​​

Western Ablemarle High School Partners

The following partners recently contributed to Western Albemarle programs. 

R.E.Lee and Sons
Provides mentor for ACE program, meets after school with students once a week for 15 weeks.
ACE Mentor Program
Brings together students interested in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering scholarships.
CBIC - Cville Business Innovation Council
Tech Tour for students interested in technology
GE Intelligent Platforms
Landscaping on Day of Caring
Piedmont Futures
Speakers for 10th grade Career Fair
Project Discovery
Supports students towards high school graduation.
Engineering workshops, COMPASS testing and remediation, early registration to college, guest speakers in career fields, dual enrollment classes, hosting 10th grade career fair, inviting us to college fair, college visits, job fair, speaker for financial aid workshop.
Suggs Engineering
Provides mentor for ACE program, meets after school with students once a week for 15 weeks.
Provides speakers for interviewing workshop.
United Way
Helps recruit volunteers for activities.
University of Virginia
Job Shadowing on Martin Luther King day for medical careers
University of Virginia
Mentoring for science fair, guest speakers, tutors for AVID.
University of Virginia Credit Union
Workshop for seniors about budgeting
Upward Bound
Assists college-bound high school students in developing skills required to graduate from college.
Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair
Opportunities for excellence
VMDO Architects
Provides mentor for ACE program, meets after school with students once a week for 15 weeks.
Provide speakers for interviewing workshop.