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J. W. Adams Elementary was built to replace Pound Primary in the fall of 1977. The school was named after James Woodrow Adams, the former Upper Elementary Principal who was also a member of the Wise County Board of Supervisors representing the Robinson District. Originally, the school served students in grades Kindergarten through six. After significant additions and some remodeling to the school, it was renamed J. W. Adams Combined School in the fall of 2001. Currently the school serves students in grades PreK through eight.

The mission of J. W. Adams Combined School is to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning, to nurture, guide, and challenge all students to perform to their maximum potential in an ever-changing technological society.

● All students can learn and achieve success.

● Each student is unique; therefore, instruction must be student centered.

● All facets of our school and community share in the responsibility for providing a supportive and safe learning environment within our school.

● Regular attendance is essential for successful student learning.

● Mutual respect among students, teacher, parents and administration promotes a positive self-image.

● Art, music, gym, and library are desirable for a well-rounded curriculum.

● Differentiated learning opportunities that extend beyond the educational program should be provided for students with special needs.

● Clear goals and challenging expectations for student achievement should guide the development of the curriculum, instructional strategies and learning activities.


PO Box 767
10824 Orby Cantrell HWY
Pound, VA 24279
Phone: 276-796-5419
Fax: 276-796-4698

Rick N. Bolling
Assistant Principal
Susie Clasby
Jamey Webb
School Counselor
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