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Our Mission

At Nelson Middle School, our primary mission is to create an atmosphere for learning.  By encompassing individual learning styles and talents, we strive to develop students capable of making responsible and intelligent choices.  We encourage our students to establish a positive self-identity, to develop critical thinking skills, and to embrace a system of values.

Our School

Nelson Middle School is located one mile south of Lovingston in the center of Nelson County, Virginia.  The only middle school in the county, NMS is home to approximately 450 students, 40 teachers, and 15 support staff.  Nelson Middle School is fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Virginia and has made Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) toward the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements.

Nelson Middle School offers a strong academic program in traditional core subjects plus excellent arts and career programs.  Students can choose to participate in a wide variety of clubs and organizations that meet both during the school day and after school.  Students in all grade levels can participate in NMS athletics and eighth grade students are eligible to join NCHS athletic teams. 

The Mustang is the school mascot and the official colors are green and white.  To learn more about Nelson Middle, please read News & Announcements or the latest Mustang Newsletter.


Roger Dunnick, EdD, Principal


Welcome to Nelson Middle School, home of the Mustangs! Here at NMS we believe that students are our greatest asset and our reason for being here. It is our intent to provide a high level of quality instruction and educational activities to encourage the academic growth of our students. Furthermore, we believe that supports should be in place for all students to reach their full academic potential. Therefore, Nelson Middle has a wide array of services that provide both enriching learning opportunities as well as extra assistance to those who may be in need.  In addition, we strive to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, and staff.  Parents are welcome to take part in their child’s education and can do so through a variety of means. Finally, we consider it an honor and privilege to serve the Nelson County community in this capacity. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to join us in some way, please feel free to contact us. We are certain that the 2015-2016 school year will be the best experience for our students.


Roger D. Dunnick, Ed.D.

Principal; Nelson Middle School



Brandon Garrett, Dean of Students

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