Community School

Since 1971, Community School has been a leader in progressive education in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Serving children from age 3 through middle school, we provide education of the highest quality for children of all racial, cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds.
Our school nurtures children's individual learning styles and fosters creative and analytical thinking.
Our students develop personal responsibility for their education and a passion for learning.
Small, multi-age classes create flexible classroom environments that promote individual achievement and student collaboration.
We integrate the arts, Spanish, and technology throughout the curriculum.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 148 students
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
1971

Student Body

Total Students
148 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
10%
State avg.: 29%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Varies by level. Please visit website for details.
% on Financial Aid
28%
Admissions Director
Victoria Coogan

Sports

Total Sports Offered
1 sport

School Notes

  • Community School is a secular, independent school serving students ages three through fourteen for almost 50 years. Our school is the recipient of a national Best Practices Honoree award from the American Psychological Association.
  • We use an experiential approach: students learn by doing and acquire the skills to apply their knowledge in real-world situations.
  • We value the whole child and seek to develop each student's individual gifts while encouraging self-reliance, critical thinking and creativity. We respect the social, emotional, physical and intellectural needs of each child.
  • Community School enjoys longstanding partnerships with its sister institution Community High School and with Hollins University.
  • Our students benefit from studying Spanish, music, drama, visual art, and technology. They enjoy frequent off-campus and outdoor learning opportunities.
  • Our students have participated in an international exchange program with a private school in Bolivia for over 20 years.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 148 students
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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