School Information


From the Lynchburg Expressway, take 501 North Business to Langhorne Road, passing E. C. Glass High School, turn right on to Hillcrest Drive, travel four blocks and Dearington will be on your right.

School Hours

Students: 8:40 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Teachers: 8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Administration and Clerical Staff: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

School Year

Two semesters with four grading periods of nine weeks each.


The Lynchburg City School Division is accredited by both the Virginia State Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Parent volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer service.  We also encourage parent engagement with student work at home.


At DESI, we have two classrooms per grade level in kindergarten, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. We have three first grade classrooms. Resource teachers include Art, Music, Special Education, Movement Education, Science, Math, and Spanish. Also, a Media Specialist and a Science Teacher and are on site daily. DESI's Art Teacher is on site three days per week, our Music and Movement Education Teachers are on site two days per week, and our Guidance Counselor is on site five days per week.

School History

Dearington is named for the surrounding neighborhood in which the school is located.  It is named after General James Dearing, a Confederate War general from the Lynchburg area, who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The neighborhood was built as an annex to the city as a result of the city growing outward from the river basin and the downtown area. In 1927, the original two-room school opened and served black children in the neighborhood. The larger portion of the building, which can be identified by the tiled interior walls in the hallways, was added in the mid-sixties. In 1994, the community asked that consideration be given to Dearington becoming a "School for Innovation." The Lynchburg School Board complied and Dearington Elementary School for Innovation began operating in the fall of 1995.

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Thanks to our Partners in Education!

  • African American Forum of Genworth
  • American National Bank
  • Applebee's Restaurant
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank/Kid's Cafe Program
  • Bright Hope Tutorial
  • CiCi's Pizza
  • International Karate Academy
  • Lowe's of Lynchburg
  • Lynchburg College
  • Lynchburg Fire Dept. #1
  • Master Gardeners
  • New Dearington Baptist Church

Registration & Application Information

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