Norton is centrally located in Wise County in the mountainous area of far southwest Virginia approximately one hour from the Tri-Cities, VA/TN Metropolitan Area. The city covers an area of 7.21 square miles and is situated at the junction of highways U.S. 23 and U.S. 58A. The diverse economy includes coal mining, light industry, retail sales, legal and medical professions, banking and schools.
Norton City Schools is comprised of two schools, both of which are continuously updated. Both schools are air conditioned, have state of the art computer labs and offer a wide curricula for all learners. Both schools have earned full state accreditation status by passing the Virginia Standards of Learning tests (SOL’s).
Norton Elementary and Middle School was built in 1971 and currently houses 550 students in grades Pre-K through 7. The school features a science lab, two computer labs, and several computer mini labs throughout the building. A special needs Pre-K program was instituted in 2001. The primary playground was replaced during the summer of 2003, and a new cafeteria was added during the summer of 2005. Starting with the fall of 2009 the school opened with newly constructed office space, a new library a new gymnasium and optimized classrooms. Nurturing Excellence & Motivating Success!
John I. Burton High School was constructed in 1953 and named in honor of Mr. John Ira Burton who was principal for 38 years. The school is and has always been committed to excellence in academics, athletics and personal growth for all students of all ability levels. The faculty, staff and administration provide students with a safe environment and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Our goal is to enable students to become productive, active citizens that will contribute to the future of our community, state and nation. We do this by offering a rich, expanded curriculum that includes many Dual Enrollment opportunities, rough cooperation with Mountain Empire Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. The school facility provides a comfortable, air conditioned environment in which students can participate in a variety of educational activities and settings. The school offers three computer labs with the latest technological equipment. Recent improvements include replacement of the gym floor, remodeling of the locker rooms and stadium renovations. During the summer of 2013 Burton High School received major renovations to the HVAC, lighting and security systems. The current enrollment is 320 students in grades 8 through 12. Every Student – Every Classroom – Every Day!