James River Day School

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James River Day School is an independent, non-sectarian, co-ed, kindergarten through eighth grade day school. The School serves academically qualified students regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnic, social or economic backgrounds.

In 2019-2020, we served 243 students with an average class size of 14.

More than 50% our faculty have advanced degrees.

Lower School
Beginning in kindergarten, children take classes in art, library, music, PE, technology, and Spanish or French with expert faculty.
Third graders are introduced to violin.
Students take part in PE three times per week and recess twice per day.
Each grade performs a play on stage.
Students participate in multiple field trips and community service projects.

Middle School
Students in fifth through eighth grades have a faculty advisor, who supports them throughout middle school.
They have PE every day and Spanish or French every other day.
Middle school students have two periods of English per day, plus science, math, and history. Other classes include technology, art, orchestra, band, chorus, drama, supervised study hall, and athletics.

High School Credits
Students have the opportunity to earn high school credits in Algebra I and II, Earth Science, French I, and Spanish I and II.

Character Development
Students and teachers live by the six pillars of Character Counts: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. Middle school students also adhere to an honor code.

Our athletic programs provide opportunities for all students in grades 5-8 to be part of a team. Students at this level have a wide range of abilities that will change as they grow; we endeavor to provide a program that is inclusive and developmentally appropriate.

Students have a choice of sports in each of three seasons.

Fall Season: Soccer, Cross Country, and Girls' Volleyball
Winter Season: Boys' Basketball and Girls' Basketball
Spring Season: Boys' Lacrosse and Girls' Lacrosse

Our Library, the Taylor Media Center
A warm and welcoming space, our library has over 12,400 volumes, multiple computers, and iPads. The Taylor Media Center is a gathering place, a study/research center, and a place where young adventurers can expand their imaginations.

Our school community includes students from: Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Big Island, Concord, Evington, Forest, Goode, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, and Rustburg.

Bus Service
Daily bus transportation is available. Please contact the school for details.

Our campus spreads over twelve acres and has 66,332 square feet of facilities including the 13,000 square foot Carrington Field House. Students utilize the library (Taylor Media Center), a technology lab, two middle school science labs, a STEAM lab for grades K-4, an art studio, a pottery studio, an instrumental music room, three classrooms for French and Spanish, a field house, an athletic field, two playgrounds, a nature trail, an outdoor classroom, many bright and spacious classrooms, and a full-size greenhouse.