James River Day School

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What A School Should Be

In grades K through eight at James River, learning is approached with wonder. Students are encouraged to be curious and inquisitive. They are given ample opportunities to explore their creativity. Children feel safe to be themselves and try new things, knowing that a mistake is an opportunity to learn.
At James River, teachers, administrators, and staff know the children as students and as people. Victories large and small are celebrated, while challenges are met with tenacity. Learning is a journey taken together with joy.
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Introducing Peter Twadell

A personal message to the James River Day School community from Mr. Peter Twadell, our next Head of School, and his statement of educational philosophy and professional history. Mr. Twadell will become James River's Head of School on July 1, 2017.
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James River at a Glance

yearsofexcellence 45

years of excellence in education

teachingfaculty More than 56%

of our teaching faculty members have advanced degrees

financialaid More than 29%

of our families receive financial aid

studentratio 14:1

Our student teacher ratio in K-4

studentratio 16:1

Our student teacher ratio in grades 5-8

performingarts Last year 85%

of students in middle school participated in a performing arts group

teamsport On average 85%

of students in middle school participate in a team sport


No SOL testing

8thgrade Our 8th

graders average above the 85th percentile in national testing

highschoolgrads 100%

of our graduates enter high school with at least 2 high school credits

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