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Principal's Message

Dear School Community Members:
Welcome to Washington County Public Schools.  I believe our students, educators, parents, and community members are second to none.  In our schools, we have inordinate confidence in, and ultimately depend upon our community's willingness, capacity, and resources to ensure the highest possible education for all students.
Our unvarying intent is to help inspire all students to develop as extraordinary learners and leaders in our school communities.  In Washington County, we are fortunate to live in a community that has a longstanding history of support for public education.  Our expectations are we treat each other well and we continually search for ways to foster sustained growth in both opportunity and performance.  We are committed to professionalism, community service, academic distinction, and our overall mission of being "Committed to the Success of Every Student."
We appreciate your willingness to invest in and support our students and families in every facet of school life.  Through collaborative efforts and common ground, every person in Washington County has a role in making a positive difference in the lives of students and families.
Warm regards,
Dr. Brian C. Ratliff
Brian C. Ratliff, Ed.D, Superintendent


We believe:
  •  Student learning is the main priority for our school.   We are committed to the intellectual, social, and emotional growth that can enable all students to become lifelong learners and contributing citizens.
  • Discipline is the foundation of education.  This belief is demonstrated through high expectations set for good character that includes responsibility, dependability, integrity, self-control, and socially accepted standards of conduct.
  • Teachers, staff, and administrators are integral to students’ learning development and serve as role models who influence academic and character behaviors and attitudes.
  • Ongoing staff development and current resources are essential for quality instruction.
  • Differentiation of instructional strategies is necessary to meet the needs of all students.
  • A variety of assessments are necessary to analyze student achievement and competencies.
  • All stakeholders within the school community share in the responsibility for providing a quality school.


 John S. Battle High School, in partnership with our community, is committed to empowering each student with the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong learning and to meet the challenges of a diverse and technological society. 


John S. Battle High School will equip all students to become successful members of society through rigorous education, high expectations, and evaluation. John S. Battle High School is committed to focusing on individual academic success and to creating a community of respect and responsibility.

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Updated student information

Parents and Guardians: To ensure that contact information for parents and guardians is current, we are asking for you to email Mrs. Altmann @ with any changes to your address, telephone number(s), email, or employment. Also, please advise us of any custody changes, (court documentation required). If there are no changes no action is needed. Please include your child’s full legal name, grade level, and date of birth when emailing. It is always our goal to have the current and most recent information for each student

College Night at Higher Education Center

Meet 50 college representatives from Virginia Tech, ETSU, King, Radford, UVA-Wise, Milligan, and many more in ONE PLACE! Please make plans to attend COLLEGE NIGHT on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00p.m. This event is hosted by VHCC and you can email me at or call (276)739-2438 for more information.

Please screen your child before they come to school.

Parents/Guardians Please remember to assess your child each morning based on these guidelines, follow the steps if your child is sick and help us reinforce and encourage correct and consistent mask usage at school. See attached handout.