Schools for Innovation

Each school offers a supportive learning environment that promotes the intellectual, creative, social and physical well being of each child.

Dearington Elementary
School for Innovation

STEM, Spanish, and Student Leadership are three focus areas that designate Dearington as an innovative school. From Kindergarten through second grade students focus on language and culture of Spanish speaking countries. In third through fifth grades students learn the basics of the Spanish language. Our STEM labs capture students in engaging instruction each week 'Under the Sea' or in 'Magical Illusions'. Our Student Leadership program engages students to take active leadership roles. Students graduate from our FINS Up! program weekly as they work through a guidance lead curriculum. FINS Up!

Thomas C. Miller Elementary
School for Innovation

This school has a special emphasis in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. In fact, TCM was recently recognized as the division’s first STEM school. The core content is woven through all classes creating an integrated approach to instruction. The units of instruction focus on a higher order of thinking skills and the standards of learning. The school also offers instructional activities in the areas of dance, theatre and visual arts and stresses creativity and developmentally appropriate practices in all grades.

Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
School For Innovation

Whether your child excels in math and science or loves the arts, DMS has a place for him/her. For the aspiring scientists, the middle school has a herpetology center, laserium and 500 gallon salt water touch tank. For those students who love the limelight, the award winning drama program and student produced television station should create a world of inspiration. On top of those unique courses, the school has extensive foreign language offerings. As an added bonus, students have the opportunity to achieve high school credit for drama and/or band in eighth grade.


Our elementary Schools for Innovation (T. C. Miller and Dearington) offer exciting options for parents who appreciate a small school environment and additional emphasis on innovative focus areas such as science, economics, performing arts and early Spanish instruction.

At the middle school level, P. L. Dunbar Middle School For Innovation offers additional programming in performing arts and foreign languages. In addition, the school uses a salt water touch tank, reptile center and laser lab to enhance science lessons.


The deadline for accepting late applications to Dearington, T. C. Miller and Dunbar will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August ​5, 2016. Enrollment will be examined after registration and during the first two weeks of school to determine if additional students can be invited. 

Only those students who currently live outside the attendance zone of the school for innovation that they wish to attend need to apply.

Parents interested in year-round school click here.




The elementary and middle schools will distribute letters/applications to students:

  • Grades Pre-K-4 will receive:  letter/application for DESI, TCM & BASS
  • Grades 5-7 will receive:  letter/application for Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle SFI (DUNBAR)



TCM – Magnet Night
6:30pm at TCM located at 600 Mansfield Avenue



TCM – Open House
9:30am ​at TCM located at 600 Mansfield Avenue



DESI – Open House
1:00-4:00pm at DESI located at 210 Smyth Street



Dunbar – Evening of Innovation
6:00pm at Dunbar located at 12th & Polk Streets



SFIs & BASS Application Deadline at the School Administration Building in the Department of Information Technology by 4:30pm



The department of information technology will mail the acceptance and waiting list letters to parents that applied to one of the Schools for Innovation or BASS before the application deadline.



Deadline for parent/student responses to the student acceptance letters.

For further information on the SFI application and selection process, please contact the department of information technology by email at or by phone at (434) 515-5017.

The deadline to apply to one of Schools For Innovation for the 2016-2017 school year is March 18, 2016. Applications should be sent to the following address:

Lynchburg City Schools
School Administration Building
Department of Information Technology
915 Court Street
Lynchburg, VA, 24504

Visit our Schools and Meet our Staff

Dearington Elementary School for Innovation
Mr. Daniel Rule, Principal
210 Smyth Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 515-5220

T. C. Miller Elementary School for Innovation
Dr. Amy Huskin, Principal
600 Mansfield Avenue
Lynchburg, VA 24501-3340
(434) 515-5300

P. L. Dunbar Middle School for Innovation
Ms. Kacey Crabbe, Principal
1200-1208 Polk Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504-3149
(434) 515-5310