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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association for the Education of Young Children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1971

Student Body

Total Students148 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers21 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries by level. Please visit website for details.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorVictoria Coogan


Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsCross CountryCross Country

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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