Norton City Schools


22 Tenth Street NW Norton, Virginia 24273 Phone:  276-679-2330 Fax:  276-679-4315 Email:


Dr. Keith Perrigan, Superintendent

I would like to welcome you to the website for Norton City Schools. The purpose of this website is to provide information about our amazing school system. As you entrust your children to our care, I believe that it is important for you to know a little about my vision for our school system. Although, the following paragraphs are not a complete summary, I have attempted to highlight beliefs that are important to me as an educator and to our division as a whole.

Over the last two decades as an educator, I have learned more lessons than I have taught. There is one principle that I have seen proven time and time again. That principle is this; amazing things can happen when you have a group of educators who believe in their students. When those educators have high, yet personalized, expectations for every student, phenomenal academic achievement can occur. When those students are in an environment where strong personal relationships can be established with educators who believe in them, unprecedented growth can transpire. Being from a small school environment, I have witnessed remarkable examples of student growth and achievement, even when history, statistics, and research would say that it was impossible. Many times when I have witnessed a student beat the statistical odds, it was at least partially due to a personal relationship they had developed with a teacher.

As a result of these experiences, I have come to believe in the power of small schools. I believe that a small division can offer most, if not all, of the programs that bigger divisions offer. I believe that even though we live in a rural area and our economy is different than the economy in other parts of our State and Nation, our students can handle the high expectations that are part of a world class education. I also believe that if we treat students with respect, they will reciprocate. More importantly, I believe that relationships are as important as rigor when it comes to educating our students.

I also believe that one day our students will change the world. How they change the world and to what extent is yet to be determined. We, as educators, have a unique and powerful opportunity to impact that capacity for change. I look forward to working with you and all of our stakeholders to help ensure that students who attend Norton City Schools are ready to compete as global citizens in a constantly changing world when they graduate from John I. Burton High School. If I can provide assistance to you in any way as we provide a world class education for our world changing students, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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