Orchard House School educates and inspires middle school girls in a responsive, academically engaging community that fosters each girl's intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, emotional integrity, and physical well-being.
Orchard House School is designed to meet the academic, social and developmental needs of middle school girls in the Richmond area and has been recognized by national leaders in girls' education for its rigorous interdisciplinary program of academics including its program in literary and visual arts and its hands-on approach to math, science and technology. Orchard House has a comprehensive arts program composed of drama, visual arts, dance and music. All of these programs are enhanced by an inclusive community that consistently reinforces positive social skills. Every aspect of the school is focused on the developmental and academic needs of girls.
Orchard House considers its CORE program to be the heart of Orchard House. It is integrated into the academic and social experiences of each girl throughout her four years at our school. Orchard House School prepares girls to be engaged in the communities in which they learn, live and love. CORE – connections, openness, resilience and engagement – focuses on each girl exploring her own interests, talents and personality, in order to understand herself and to develop a positive self-image. OHS provides opportunities to value and respect, to learn from others, and to forge lasting connections. Our vision for each Orchard House School graduate is a girl who has the tools and confidence to:
Make connections through interactions with others and by connecting her own thoughts and ideas
Be open to new ideas, experiences and people
Remain resilient and courageous when confronted with challenges and adversity
Be engaged as a citizen of the world
Orchard House is committed to maintaining a diverse community through both its people and programs. The curriculum is designed to foster respect, strengthen personal excellence, build confidence and develop well-rounded girls who are engaged and active learners who understand their potential to contribute to the world.
Located in the historic Fan District, Orchard House School is a carefully designed middle school for girls in grades 5 – 8. In addition to core subjects, students participate in Spanish, Theater, Dance, Visual Art, and Music for all 4 years.
Orchard House School girls come from a wide range of backgrounds, abilities and interests. Here they come together and grow as compassionate, confident young women. One of the strongest measures of our success is to see how our girls thrive year after year at OHS and beyond. Our alumnae consistently find success at the high school and collegiate level and are commended for scholarship, leadership, citizenship, athleticism and artistic ability.
Orchard House admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.