Local Schools

Isle of Wight County Schools have consistently been highly ranked in South Hampton Roads by schooldigger.com.

It is the County’s mission to provide rigorous, academic programs in a safe school environment that fosters high levels of student achievement, resulting in our students exceeding state and national accreditation standards year after year. The County schools are currently ranked 42nd in the state’s 132 school districts as reported in schooldigger.com’s recent article ranking the various Virginia school districts.

• 89% Graduation rate. Source:  Public School Review
• All schools accredited according to Virginia Standards of Learning

Isle of Wight County Schools – News!

  • Isle of Wight County Schools 
  • Smithfield High School’s debate team won top honors and took the state championship at the Virginia High School League competition on April 23, 2016. Members of Smithfield High School’s team took wins in several individual competitions for Group 4A; Grace Reon won second place in the Lincoln-Douglas debate, Kevin Siu and Quinn Wilson won third place for the policy category, Kevin Siu won third place for the policy speaker category, and Hailey Joyce won third place in the student congress category. The team’s coach, history teacher Todd Kessler, reported that it was their first state title in a VHSL competition.                                                                                                                                                                           SMHS Debate team  Packer scholastic bowl wrestle
  • Other recent accomplishments include the Packer Scholastic Bowl team which were Conference 18 Champions and placed second in 4A East Region. and the Packer Wrestling team finished 2nd place in their Region and sent 8 wrestlers to the state championship.                                                                                                                            mens girls bball
  • Smithfield High School also enjoyed a banner year in boy’s and girl’s basketball season, with both teams winning the Bay Rivers District titles. The Packers’ boys finished unbeaten in district play to earn a first-ever Bay Rivers title, while the girls tied with defending champion Tabb to grab their first BRD championship banner.
  • For the third year in a row, Isle of Wight County Schools has been certified platinum in the 2015 Virginia School Board Association’s (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge. “The recognition of Isle of Wight County Schools as one of the top school divisions in Virginia is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Division Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton. He added, “Being energy efficient and making environmentally sound decisions is a responsibility we owe to our community. In addition, providing our students with a school environment that is healthy, comfortable and conducive to learning is an obligation we take very seriously.”

    IWCS has been recognized by the program every year since the VSBA’s Green Schools Challenge launched seven years ago. This year’s competition was sponsored by Mosely Architects and ABM Building & Energy Solutions.

    Senior Walk at Carrollton Elementary

  • Carrollton Elementary School teacher, Haley Hanson, was named Isle of Wight County’s 2014 Division Teacher of the Year.  April 2014
  • Smithfield High School junior Kirana Perera wins the National Beta Club Harris Leadership award.  Perera is the only high school student in the state of Virginia to receive this prestigious honor. March 2014                                                                                                                                                               
  • Smithfield High School Athletics hosts a College Signing day for three star athletes. Seniors Michael Morehead, Alexandria Nowak and Jordon Garlow each sign letters of intent to continue playing their respective sports at the collegiate level. Carter Page is also currently wrestling at Virginia Tech. November 2013
  • Preliminary reports show Isle of Wight County Schools maintain their history of a high level of SOL pass rates for 2011-2012 academic year .  Scores included  94.6 percent for Science, 91 percent for English, and 87.5 percent for History —  all above state averages.  August 2012
  • Carrollton Elementary is awarded the 2012 Excellence Award by the Virginia Board of Education!  The school has exceeded all state and federal benchmarks for at least two consecutive years.  February 2012 
  • Dyrell Roberts, Smithfield High School (’08 graduate) became Virginia Tech’s all-time kick returner and was a 4 year star at wide receiver with 1,363 career yards. Roberts graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012.                                                                                                                                    Smithfield Middle School

Public Schools

Carrollton Elementary School
Kindergarten – Grade 3
Ms. Carla Berrier
14440 New Towne Haven Lane Carrollton, VA 23314
Telephone: (757) 238-2452
Smithfield Middle School
Grades 7 & 8
Mr. Jeffrey Mordica – Principal
14175 Turner Drive
Smithfield, VA 23430
Telephone: (757) 365-4100
Westside Elementary School
Grades 4, 5, & 6
Mr. Clint Walters – Principal
800 Main Street
Smithfield, VA 23430
Telephone: (757) 357-3021
Smithfield High School
Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
Mrs. Joyce McDowell – Principal
14171 Turner Drive
Smithfield, VA 23430
Telephone: (757) 357-3108


Private Schools

Isle of Wight Academy
P.O. Box 105
Isle of Wight, VA 23397
Telephone: (757) 357-3866
Hampton Roads Academy
739 Academy Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
Telephone: (757) 844-9100
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
45 Main Street
Newport News, VA 23601
Telephone: (757) 596-6261
Trinity Lutheran
Mr. Kevin Goetz – Head of School
6812 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607
Telephone: (757) 245-2576
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
3373 Pruden Blvd.
Suffolk, VA 23434
Telephone: (757) 539-8789
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
100 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2324
School Office – (757) 596-2754
Peninsula Catholic High School
600 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601
School Office – (757) 596-7247