Sutherland Elementary, located in the northern part of Dinwiddie County, opened its doors January 7, 2008. Sutherland replaced Rohoic Elementary which operated for 40 years. Sutherland is a school-wide Title I school and has only had 2 principals since its inception. The faculty is committed to the success of all students. The diverse student population consists of 48% Black, 38% White, 7% Hispanic and 7% other. Of the 542 students, 55% are eligible for free or reduced lunch, 3% are gifted, 1.4% are English Language Learners, and 8% are students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to question, explore, and investigate whether they are in the classroom, STEAM lab, butterfly garden, or any other setting.
The faculty and staff of Sutherland Elementary School believe that it is our job to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world by encouraging them to become life-long learners and productive citizens. Our objective is to promote critical thinking and problem solving skills, while stimulating our students to become creative, independent thinkers and individuals of strong moral character. At Sutherland, we build opportunities for students that promote independence and cooperation through a variety of educational experiences in a safe and healthy environment. For the fourth consecutive year, Sutherland Elementary School is Fully Accredited. The school quality profile can be found at http://schoolquality.virginia.gov/schools/sutherland-elementary
The Dinwiddie Difference
Sutherland’s strengths lie in the partnerships that are created among the students, staff, parents, friends and the community. We have a Scottish Terrier, McDuff, who comes to school regularly and our School Resource Officer brings his Bloodhound, Zoe, to school. We challenge students to grasp every opportunity for learning which is evident by our interactive bulletin boards, live Scottie Television announcements, plays, programs, technology, STEAM lab, tree farm, nature trail, butterfly garden, learning centers and more. Thanks to the support of our community we are able to offer our students a 10-10-10 Incentive Program for Student Achievement with prizes throughout the year and we offer a Pedaling for Performance program that has allowed us to give away over 100 bicycles in the last 4 years.