Opening in September 2018, James Blair Middle School is Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools’ newest school. The building has been designed with the needs of 21st century learners in mind. One of the hallmarks of James Blair MS is that it has flexible learning spaces with multipurpose furniture, which support project-based learning and collaboration. For example, moveable walls in classrooms can facilitate instruction designed to address the lesson at hand, whether that be small groups, collaboration with different classes or one large group that is hosting a guest speaker. The new James Blair Middle School also has multipurpose labs that feature state-of-the art science technology, but are so innovative in design they can be used in a variety of different ways beyond just one discipline. Connectivity and technology are evident throughout the school, from interactive touch screen displays to areas set aside for students to use their computers to interact with 3D printers.
Even though the building is brand new, the school has a rich and varied history. It bears the name of the College of William and Mary’s first president and founder. The Scottish-born James Blair served the college for 50 years, from 1693-1743. We are proud that James Blair Middle School bears the name of an educator who paved the way for higher education in this country.
The school first opened in 1955 as a high school and its first senior class graduated in 1956. In 1973, it became a junior high school. The school remained in operation through school year 2009-10. It closed as a school in the following year and its students were redistricted to other WJCC middle schools. At that time, the aging structure was repurposed for central administration offices in 2011. When student growth made it apparent that a fourth middle school was necessary, the name James Blair was a natural fit for WJCC’s newest school.
We are eager for our students to take advantage of all that our school has to offer. We want students to feel welcome and excited to be on campus each day. We also hope that through our community engagement efforts, families all over Williamsburg-James City County will want to be a part of our activities. We are excited to begin a new journey in a new building. We have a rich and proud history that we want to honor through our actions.
Families enrolling students who are new to Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools should first check the school zone map to determine to which school their student is assigned. If your student is assigned to the new Blair Middle School, we invite you to register your child by visiting the annex next to the WJCC central office located at 117 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Please enter Door #16 and proceed to the main office. During the summer, hours of registration are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The office is closed on Fridays. Please note that a biological parent or legal guardian must be present to register a student.
Families whose students already attend a WJCC school do not need to re-register their children to attend the new Blair Middle School.
To get a head start on registration documents, please visit the WJCC registration page. Here is a checklist of documents required for to complete registration:
Parent/Guardian photo identification
Two forms of proof of residency (recent electric, water or gas bill and a lease/rental agreement, mortgage statement or purchase contract; cable and telephone/cell bills are not accepted); if you and your child reside with someone else or are in temporary housing, please share this information with the registrar.
Proof of birth (birth certificate, affidavit and/or other supporting documentation)
Transcript, report cards and/or standardized test scores from last school attended
Also, if applicable:
Copies of additional education services received by student (504 plan, IEP or Student Assistance Plan)
Documentation of any gifted education program
If you have registration questions, please call 757-603-6544.
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