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James River Day School
School Name:
James River Day School
Street Address:
5039 Boonsboro Road
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Head of School:
Mr. Peter H. York
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
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Admissions Contact:
Mrs. Maryanna Stands
7/11/2019 10:46:00 AM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

 James River Day School cherishes children and challenges them
to become scholars, leaders, and citizens for the 21st century,
in a community of academic excellence.

At James River Day School, our students…

As Scholars
• read and write well.
• think mathematically.
• develop skills needed to pursue scientific research and engineering.
• use technology for research and presentation.
• approach learning with intellectual curiosity and dedication.
• tackle challenging problems with creativity and precision.
• employ multiple perspectives in research and analysis.
• engage in strategic and critical thinking, experimentation and creative hands-on learning.

As Leaders
• listen carefully and collaborate with others.
• are innovative and seek multiple solutions to challenges.
• are honest and promote a sense of fair play.
• seek additional responsibility, and fulfill responsibilities cheerfully.
• stand up for what's right and confront injustice.

As Citizens
• develop the ability to see and respect multiple viewpoints.
• develop the skills and flexibility necessary to thrive in a changing world.
• connect and contribute to the local and global communities.
• are good stewards of the environment.
• practice tolerance through the appreciation of diverse cultures, styles and opinions in our school, community, nation and the world.

Inside the classroom:  James River Day School is an independent, non-sectarian day school, serving academically qualified students in kindergarten through grade eight regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnic, social or economic backgrounds.  Our curriculum is developmental and sequential in core subject areas of reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  Our small class size enables teachers to focus actively on individual strengths and shape instruction accordingly. Two classes of English instruction in grades 5-8, focusing on grammar, composition and literature, ensure that students practice reading and writing for both pleasure and analysis. Instruction in world language, visual arts, music, drama, and physical education begins in kindergarten. Technology instruction, part of our curriculum K-8, requires that students use technology for research, communication, presentation, and analysis.  Public speaking opportunities are embedded in the curriculum at all grade levels.  Our students graduate James River Day School well prepared for college preparatory programs in any secondary school. Our students have opportunities to accelerate in mathematics and world language, if appropriate, enabling some eighth graders to complete Honors Algebra II, French II, and/or Spanish II before graduation.

Outside the classroom:  At James River Day School, we know the value of hands-on experiences outside the classroom.  Recognizing that physical activity and autonomy are essential to every child’s development, we encourage free play during daily recess.  Our students take field trips to the theater, to museums, and to historic sites.  All students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to play team sports, regardless of skill level or ability.  Fine arts are essential at James River:  all students K-7 take visual arts classes, all third graders study violin, and fourth-eighth graders have the opportunity to participate in orchestra, band, or chorus.  Individual music instruction is available after school.  We stage annual grade-level theatrical performances in K-4 and middle schoolExtracurricular clubs and activities are available to various age groups in a variety of interest areas, including: visual arts, rocketry, fencing, fishing, origami, Odyssey of the Mind, chess, yoga, orchestra, band, needlepoint, drama, chorus and the literary magazine.  Every 8th grader partners with a professional in our Career Shadowing program.  Utilizing our greenhouse, outdoor beds, and outdoor classroom, students grow vegetables for our cafeteria and conduct scientific research.

In our community:  As a community of active learners, our students, teachers and parents come together to nurture a life-long passion for learning in each child and foster a diverse community with shared traditions in order to build and sustain an educational environment of the highest quality. Families are active participants in the life of the school and support our efforts to educate the whole child. The Head of School meets often with small groups of parents to discuss various school programs and to offer insight and education on child development and parenting. The Head of School also meets with interested eighth graders on Leadership Council. Teachers communicate frequently with parents regarding students’ progress. The advisory program supports our emerging adolescent students and their parents, while our Cardinal Buddies program facilitates relationships between older and younger students. Character education is an integral and deliberate part of the educational experience at James River Day School. Students, families and faculty work together to serve the local and global communities through various service projects.

(Endorsed by the James River Day School Board of Trustees, October 2016.)

School Fast Facts:

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…

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