James River Day School is proud of its superb educational program for children in grades K-8. We are also fully aware that an independent school education is a major financial investment, and we are committed to providing this opportunity to students from all across the Lynchburg area. We firmly believe that an exceptional education for your child is an Invaluable commitment to their future. A James River education brings significant returns on your investment throughout your child’s life.

An independent school education is an investment in the future. James River's educational programming is strongly supported through tuition dollars and generous donations (which are tax-deductible). To preserve the quality of our offerings, tuition costs have been set by our board as outlined below.

Application Fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is due with each student's application.
Registration Fee: A $500 non-refundable registration fee is due with each student's contract. This fee will be applied to that student's tuition.

Tuition (for 2023-2024)
Grades K-4 $14,500
Grades 5-8 $15,025
Additional Annual Fees are due June 15 and are set as follows.

Required Fees
Book and Supply Fee is $200 per student.
Building and Grounds Fee is $300 per student.
Activity Fee is $25 per student.

Other Fees 
Bus Transportation to the Bedford/Forest Area
Fees are based on one-way or round-trip payable by semester. Contact Sarah Lesko for more information ([email protected]).

The Children's Center
Afternoon Care (3:00 - 5:30 p.m.)
Fees are payable monthly. Contact Katrina Phillips for additional information ([email protected]).
Resource Program
Grades 4‐8: fees based upon service hours. Contact Toinette Staley for further information ([email protected]).
Returned Checks
There is a $50 charge for each returned check or dishonored payment.

Late Payments
The School reserves the right to charge a 1.5% monthly fee on invoices more than 30 days past due.
Parents may choose from one of the following three payment plans100% Tuition and required $525 (see above) fees are due June 15.
  • Plan A:  100% of Tuition and Required Fees of $525 (see above) are due June 15 (or last business day prior if June 15 is a weekend day or holiday).
  • Plan B: Required Fees of $525 (see above) and 60% of Tuition, and 60% of Plan B service fee (2% of total tuition owed) are due June 15 (or last business day prior if June 15 is a weekend day or holiday). The remaining 40% of Tuition owed and the remaining 40% of the Plan B service fee are due January 15 (or last business day prior if Jan. 15 is a weekend day or holiday).
  • Plan C: Total Tuition, Required Fees, and the Plan C service fee (5% of total balance owed) will be due in 10 equal monthly installments. The first installment is due June 15 (or the last business day prior if June 15 is on a weekend or holiday).
James River Day School is committed to maintaining a socioeconomically diverse student body and does not want finances to hinder qualified students from applying. We encourage families to apply for admission even if they have questions about their ability to afford full tuition. For families demonstrating need, James River Day School is proud to provide financial assistance to over 21% of currently enrolled families. 
James River Day School’s educational programming is supported by tuition dollars and generous donations.
Our Tuition Assistance Program helps bridge the gap between a family’s resources and the total cost of education by reducing a family's contribution through a tuition assistance grant based on demonstrated need. Grants are awarded to families with a variety of household incomes. Tuition assistance applications are confidential.
Complete the FACTS financial aid application at You will be given the option to submit any additional information you feel is relevant at the end of the FACTS application.

If you need assistance, please contact Laurie Harris at 434-384-7385. She will be happy to assist you.