Population: 175-200 students per school year
Motto: Be The Change You Want to See in the World (Ghandi)
Mascot: Dolphin
Colors: Blue, White, Grey


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

8:35 a.m.-3:35 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.


  • 12 Classroom Teachers: Kindergarten through 5th Grade
  • Resource Teachers and Education Professionals: Title I, Art, Movement Education, Music
  • Innovation Teachers: STEM and Spanish 
  • Media Specialist, School Counselor, Teacher Assistants

School History

Dearington is named for the surrounding neighborhood in which the school is located. 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.

Click here for information about the application process.

Thanks to our Partners in Education!

  • African American Forum of Genworth
  • American National Bank
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank/Kid's Cafe Program
  • Bright Hope Tutorial
  • Lynchburg College
  • Lynchburg Fire Department
  • Master Gardeners
  • New Dearington Baptist Church
  • One Community - One Voice
  • Thomas Road Baptist Church

Registration & Application Information

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