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Mission Statement

"Each child is given the opportunity to succeed in a nurturing, positive, and flexible environment created by all staff."

Johnson-Williams Middle School Beliefs:

  • Each child is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

  • Teachers, administrators, parents and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school's mission.

  • Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.

  • Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.

  • Students' learning needs to be the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.

  • Student learning is the chief priority for the school.

  • A safe and physically comfortable environment promotes student learning.



Black and white photo of original JWMS building
Archival photo of Black students in front of school house

In 1925, the African-American community of Josephine City petitioned the school board of Clarke County for funds to build a school for their children. With minimum supplies and the black community's own labor, the Clarke County Training School was completed and became the only black high school in Clarke County in 1930.

In 1944, the original four room school was expanded and named after a famous black Clarke County educator, Dr. W.T.B. Williams. Further expansion in 1949 also signaled a name change to incorporate and honor the contribution of Rev. E.T. Johnson, principal of the school until his death in 1944.

In 1966, Clarke County integrated all schools and the former Johnson-Williams School became the Clarke County Intermediate School for all county seventh and eighth grade students. The school's name was changed to Johnson-Williams Intermediate School in 1971, reflecting its historical roots. Renovated in 1973, JWIS continued to serve until 1987 when it was deemed unable to fulfill the curricular requirements.

It was then that the original building was abandoned as a school and Johnson-Williams Middle School was moved to its present site [the old Clarke County High School] and grade six added. J-WIS was expanded and renovated in 1992.

The years 1998 through 2000 saw the complete renovation of the old high school [built in 1954] into the Johnson-Williams Middle School that stands proudly today. A new sixth grade wing, media center and office complex was added; the auditorium was upgraded to meet the needs of our growing community; and the former maintenance wing was converted into classroom space. All this was done while classes remained in session and learning continued. The juxtaposition of old and new has given the building a fresh, clean look on a sound foundation that will serve the community well in the years to come.

The original [albeit refurbished] training school building on Josephine Street continues to serve the county as an apartment complex. The original home economics building has been restored and is presently used as a black history museum for the Clarke County community.


Front of modern day JWMS building

Johnson-Williams Middle School is located at 200 Swan Avenue, Berryville, Virginia. Our school's outstanding academic programs serve grades six through eight with a student population of approximately 500. For many years our school has maintained a tradition of excellence. This excellence can be defined in many ways, from our consistently high SOL test scores, our exceptional faculty, to the most important part, our students.

Our school believes that students need to be actively involved in order to have a great school experience. We offer fall, winter, and spring athletic programs that stress sportsmanship and working as a team. Additionally, we offer a wide array of after school activities ranging from academic support to various clubs. We encourage your child to get involved!

Our school's mission is to continuously improve, foster positive home-school connections, maintain high expectations for all students, and consistently provide the best possible education for our students. We take our mission very seriously.

One of the ways we are improving our communication methods is by revamping the Johnson-Williams web site. We are very proud of our new website. We hope you find the website customer friendly and easy to navigate. Please review the site and provide us feedback. We are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out our quick links on the main page of the website.

We look forward to hearing from you!