Message from the Superintendent

Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D.

Chesterfield County loves its schools, and our students benefit from an engaged, involved community. The reputation of our schools often inspires families to make their home in Chesterfield County. But don’t just take my word for it: SchoolMatch consistently rates Chesterfield County Public Schools as having precisely the balance parents seek. And residents say they are happy with their choice: In a 2010 survey, nearly 86 percent of residents rated Chesterfield schools as excellent or good.

About 59,000 students attend 62 schools, making Chesterfield County Public Schools one of the 100 largest school systems in the country. We have a dedicated School Board that has adopted a bold new vision and mission, which now guide the school system:

vision — Chesterfield County Public Schools will provide an engaging and relevant education that prepares every student to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

mission — Chesterfield County Public Schools, in partnership with students, families and communities, emphasizes and supports high levels of achievement through a global education for all, with options and opportunities to meet the diverse needs and interests of individual students.

The implementation of our innovation plan called the Design for Excellence 2020 will ensure that every graduate of our division is college and career ready. The Design for Excellence 2020 has three big goals:

  • Goal 1: All learners will acquire, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information to solve meaningful problems and to achieve success as productive, thriving global citizens.
  • Goal 2: All learners will demonstrate the 21st-century learning and technology skills and knowledge that will prepare them for success in school, postsecondary education, work and life in a global society.supt-1
  • Goal 3: Working in partnership with school and family, all learners will understand, model and embrace the important attitudes and attributes necessary to be responsible global citizens.

Our schools belong to the public, so everyone in Chesterfield County has a role to play in public education. Teamwork is the best approach because working together we can exceed our expectations for school and student success.

I ask parents, guardians and volunteers to get involved and support a school system in which all children will not only become successful learners but also will embrace learning as a joyful, lifelong activity. Together we can help our children realize their hopes and dreams.

Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D.