About FGES

Fancy Gap Bulldog

Mission Statement

Together we learn, together we succeed.

Belief Statement

The mission of Fancy Gap Elementary School is to establish for all students a strong foundation, which will provide for life long learning.

For all STUDENTS, we will hold high expectations with the belief that all students can learn. We will provide a safe and pleasant environment that is conducive to learning. We will also promote self-esteem and self-confidence by recognizing achievement and adjusting to meet students' needs. We will provide challenging learning experiences and opportunities, which will enable students to achieve their potential and experience success.

For our FACULTY and STAFF, we will provide a pleasant environment that encourages creativity and supports cooperation. We will promote and model life long learning by participating in professional development opportunities. We value and will encourage our staff's professional judgement through individual and cooperative decision making at the building level.

For our PARENTS, we will conscientiously and responsibly educate their children. We will maintain a welcoming climate in which parents feel a sense of parental involvement. We will maintain open communication with parents in an effort to provide information concerning students achievements and performance.

For our COMMUNITY, we will demonstrate responsible management of the resources entrusted to Fancy Gap Elementary School. Community pride will be maintained by encouraging interaction with community members. We will maintain a clean attractive school and grounds that are available as a community meeting place.

We believe our students, staff, parents, and community members are all-important stakeholders in the educational process. By working together we can improve student's performance and maintain a quality school.

Desired Learning Objectives

When students leave our school we would like them to be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of appropriate physical, emotional, and social health practices.
  • Develop self-confidence needed to apply problem-solving skills to academic and social challenges.
  • Demonstrate academic success in all four core subject areas by meeting state standards and will display effective communication skills in listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Acquire technological skills to prepare them for the future.
  • Take responsibility for their actions, and become respectful citizens.
  • Apply study skills to recall, organize, and use information.
  • Make smooth transitions to the next educational level.
  • Express themselves creatively.
  • Value education and develop a life-long love of learning.

School History

Fancy Gap Elementary School was built in 1957 and opened that fall with the consolidation of eight one-room schools and two two-room schools. The one-room schools included Jackson, Brookmore, Good Hope, Independence, Mine Branch, Sunnyside, Blue Ridge, and Ivy Hill. The two-room schools were Elks Spur and Mt. Lebanon. The first year's enrollment was approximately 290 students in grades one through seven. The land for the school was purchased from Mr. Rawdon Weddle through the efforts of the Fancy Gap Community Club and by contributions from citizens in the area.

In late June of 1993, the Carroll County School Board voted to consolidate and restructure all schools within the division. During this time, six small elementary schools were closed and most sixth grade students residing north of the Blue Ridge Parkway were assigned to Woodlawn School. Following the move of the sixth graders to Woodlawn, Fancy Gap Elementary began serving K-5 students from an expanded attendance area.

In 1998 the Carroll County School Board launched a comprehensive renovation and building plan to improve facilities division-wide. In July 1999, grading began, marking the start of the construction and renovation process at Fancy Gap Elementary School. In the spring of 2001 the new building was released for occupancy. The 2001-02 school year began with a total of 14 new and renovated classrooms, a new office and guidance suite, conference and planning rooms, new library and technology lab, new gym, music room and stage area, renovated cafeteria and kitchen and additional storage space. In 2002 the Virginia Preschool Intitative class moved to Fancy Gap Elementary from the Carroll County Industrial Park.

Dr. Jeanne Edwards, the current principal, is only the fourth principal to reside over the school. Prior to her was Robert Utz who retired after 27 years of service.

Fancy Gap Elementary School, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Carroll County, Virginia, is home to grades PreK -5, as well as Special Education classes. We currently offer courses in the core subjects plus physical education, art, music, and computer technology. Our students enjoy a variety of programs and activities. This year our school supports a one pre-k class, one kindergarten, two first grades, one second grade, two third grades, one fourth grade, and one fifth grade, a little over 150 students.

For more information contact our principal, Dr. Jeanne Edwards, at jedwards@ccpsd.k12.va.us. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

63 Winding Ridge Rd.| Fancy Gap, VA 24328 | Phone 276-728-7504 | Fax 276-728-4619