Student Body Average Class Size
245 students Kindergarten through Fourth grade: 14
Grades K-8 Fifth grade through Eighth grade: 13
Two classes per grade
School Day High School Credit Opportunities
8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. (K-2) Algebra I & II
8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. (3-4) Earth Science
8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (5-8) French I and Spanish I & II
Fifth through eighth graders compete against many local schools, as well as schools in surrounding areas including: Gretna, Staunton, Charlottesville, Roanoke and Lexington. Students have a choice of sports in each of three seasons.
Fall Season: Varsity & JV Soccer, Cross Country, and Girls' Volleyball
Winter Season: Boys' Varsity & JV Basketball and Girls' Varsity & JV Basketball
Spring Season: Boys' Varsity & JV Lacrosse, and Girls' Lacrosse
Daily bus transportation between Lynchburg and Bedford, along Route 221 with stops in Forest. Additional routes are considered as needed.
Zip Codes Represented
Fourteen including: Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Big Island, Concord, Forest, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, Moneta, and Sweet Briar
55,732 square feet located on 12 acres. The facilities include the 13,000 square foot Carrington Field House, the Taylor Media Center (12,000+ volumes) with Internet access and Accelerated Reader software, dedicated computer and science labs, full-size athletic playing field, full-sized greenhouse, cafeteria, outdoor classroom, on-campus nature trail, outdoor playground and dedicated classrooms for art, music, French, and Spanish.
Forty faculty including a full-time media specialist, resource teacher, computer teacher, athletic director, two art teachers, three physical education teachers, three music teachers, a French teacher, and two Spanish teachers. Twenty-four faculty members have graduate degrees. Our faculty is overseen by our Head of School.
James River’s academic program is challenging and flexible, keeping individual student needs in mind. Over the course of nine years, from kindergarten through grade eight, students develop sound habits of reading, writing, problem-solving, calculating, experimenting, creating, and reflecting. Our students master the essential skills of organizing, researching, memorizing, and managing time well before they enter high school. Our graduates are well prepared for the best secondary programs, with skills and habits that continue to serve them throughout life.
Core academics in grades K-4 are enhanced by classes in art, music, French or Spanish, technology, PE, and library. All 3rd Graders begin violin study, and orchestra, band, and chorus opportunities continue through 8th Grade. Students in grades 5-8 continue to study art, music, world language, technology, PE, civics, and geopolitical studies. Graduates have at least three high school credits: Algebra I, Earth Science, and French I or Spanish I. Students who are able may take Algebra II and/or Spanish II or Latin I in the 8th grade.
High schools attended by alumni Colleges and universities attended by alumni
Albemarle High School Columbia University
Brookville High School Duke University
Chatham Hall Elon University
Christchurch School Florida State University
Deerfield Academy George Mason University
E.C. Glass High School James Madison University
Episcopal High School The College of William & Mary
Heritage High School Lynchburg College
Holy Cross Regional High School MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Jefferson Forest High School Penn State University
North Carolina School for the Arts Princeton University
Phillips Academy Andover University of North Carolina
Philips Exeter Academy University of South Carolina
Virginia Episcopal School University of Virginia
Virginia School of the Arts Virginia Tech
Woodberry Forest Yale University
And more… And more…