Oldest Private Schools in Virginia

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The average private school in Virginia was founded around 1978 (2021).
The oldest private school in Virginia is Norfolk Academy, founded in 1728.
The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).

Oldest Private Schools in Virginia (2021)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    Norfolk Academy
    Norfolk Academy Photo - Norfolk Academy's Wynne-Darden stadium features a turf field for football and lacrosse. The school has more than 70 athletic teams, and the majority of students participate in at least one season of athletics. Facilities include multiple playing fields, several gymnasiums, a weight room, and an indoor pool.
    Founding Date: 1728
    Grades: 1-121585 Wesleyan Dr
    Norfolk, VA 23502
    (757) 461-6236

  • Rank: #22.
    Episcopal High School
    Episcopal High School Photo
    Founding Date: 1839
    Grades: 9-121200 North Quaker Lane
    Alexandria, VA 22302
    (703) 933-4062

  • Rank: #33.
    Stuart Hall School
    Stuart Hall School Photo - Students on a Field Trip.
    Founding Date: 1844
    Grades: NS-12235 W Frederick St
    Staunton, VA 24401
    (540) 885-0356

  • Rank: #44.
    St. Mary Elementary School
    St. Mary Elementary School Photo - Entrance to our School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1869
    Grades: PK-8400 Green Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 549-1646

  • Rank: #55.
    Immanuel Lutheran School
    Immanuel Lutheran School Photo
    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
    Founding Date: 1870
    Grades: PK-81801 Russell Road
    Alexandria, VA 22301
    (703) 549-0155

  • Rank: #66.
    St. Joseph School
    St. Joseph School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1876
    Grades: PK-8123 Franklin Street
    Petersburg, VA 23803
    (804) 732-3931

  • Rank: #7-87.-8. Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: 8-121000 Samuel Miller Loop
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (434) 823-4805

  • Rank: #7-87.-8.
    Oak Hill Academy
    Oak Hill Academy Photo - RSVP to join us for a chat about Oak Hill Academy! https://www.oak-hill.net/open-houses/
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: 8-122635 Oak Hill Road
    Mouth Of Wilson, VA 24363
    (276) 579-2619

  • Rank: #99.
    Fishburne Military School
    Fishburne Military School Photo
    Founding Date: 1879
    Grades: 7-12255 South Wayne Avenue
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 946-7700

  • Rank: #10-1210.- 12.
    Chesapeake Academy
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-8107 Steamboat Rd.
    Irvington, VA 22480
    (804) 438-5575

  • Rank: #10-1210.- 12.
    Roanoke Catholic School
    Roanoke Catholic School Photo - Our Early Childhood Program (ages 3-5) is dedicated to the physical, social, and emotional development of the young child in a nurturing Christian environment. Each school day is planned with age-appropriate activities to enhance socialization skills, personal independence, and physical development in a comfortable, happy, play-oriented setting. Indoor and outdoor play are part of each day.
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-12621 N. Jefferson St
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    (540) 982-3532

  • Rank: #10-1210.- 12.
    Woodberry Forest School
    Woodberry Forest School Photo
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 9-12898 Woodberry Forest Rd
    Woodberry Forest, VA 22989
    (540) 672-3900

  • Rank: #1313.
    St. Catherines School
    St. Catherines School Photo - While St. Catherine's believes single sex education is the ideal learning environment, we also know that men and women will live and work together for the rest of their lives. The school works closely with St. Christopher's to provide a Coordinate Program in the Upper School.
    All-girls (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1890
    Grades: PK-126001 Grove Avenue
    Richmond, VA 23226
    (804) 288-2804

  • Rank: #1414.
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy Photo - R-MA's beautiful 135-acre campus is located just 1 hour away from Washington D.C. in Front Royal, Virginia.
    Special Program Emphasis (Methodist)
    Founding Date: 1892
    Grades: 6-12200 Academy Drive
    Front Royal, VA 22630
    (540) 636-5484

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - The classroom is just part of the learning experience at Chatham Hall. Highly qualified faculty who provide personal attention. Cocurricular programs that challenge and inspire. A supportive community of fellow students. They all come together in an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else.
    All-girls (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1894
    Grades: 9-12800 Chatham Hall Circle
    Chatham, VA 24531
    (434) 432-5613

  • Rank: #15-1615.- 16.
    St. Andrew's School
    St. Andrew's School Photo - The students of St. Andrew's School and our historic, 1901 building in the Oregon Hill section of Richmond, VA.
    Founding Date: 1894
    Grades: K-5227 S Cherry Street
    Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 648-4545

  • Rank: #1717.
    Fork Union Military Academy
    Fork Union Military Academy Photo - Graduation Day is a happy day!
    All-boys (Baptist)
    Founding Date: 1898
    Grades: 7-124744 James Madison Hwy
    Fork Union, VA 23055
    (434) 842-4205

  • Rank: #18-1918.- 19.
    Massanutten Academy
    Massanutten Academy Photo - School As It Should Be
    Founding Date: 1899
    Grades: 5-12614 S MAIN ST
    Woodstock, VA 22664
    (540) 459-2167

  • Rank: #18-1918.- 19.
    Massanutten Military Academy
    Massanutten Military Academy Photo
    Military School
    Founding Date: 1899
    Grades: 5-12614 South Main St.
    Woodstock, VA 22664
    (540) 459-2167

  • Rank: #2020.
    Peninsula Catholic High School
    Peninsula Catholic High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1903
    Grades: 8-12600 Harpersville Road
    Newport News, VA 23601
    (757) 596-7247

  • Rank: #2121.
    The Potomac School
    The Potomac School Photo
    Daycare / Preschool
    Founding Date: 1904
    Grades: K-121301 Potomac School Rd
    Mc Lean, VA 22101
    (703) 749-6313

  • Rank: #22-2322.- 23.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Capitol Hill internships in the offices of senators and representatives are a hallmark of the junior year at Madeira
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: 9-128328 Georgetown Pike
    Mc Lean, VA 22102
    (703) 556-8273

  • Rank: #22-2322.- 23.
    Saint James Catholic School
    Saint James Catholic School Photo - We offer separately designated and fully equipped science, and computer labs, a newly installed robotics lab, a library, art room and music room.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: PK-8830 W Broad Street
    Falls Church, VA 22046
    (703) 533-1182

  • Rank: #24-2624.- 26.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - Snow on campus is a rare treat. But there is enough snow throughout the winter in the local ski resorts to take students skiing several times a week.
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: 9-12273 Mayo Drive
    Dyke, VA 22935
    (434) 985-2811

  • Rank: #24-2624.- 26.
    Hargrave Military Academy
    All-boys (Baptist)
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: 7-12200 Military Dr
    Chatham, VA 24531
    (800) 432-2480

  • Rank: #24-2624.- 26.
    St. Charles School
    St. Charles School Photo - St. Charles students perform in the annual Christmas Pageant.
    Daycare / Preschool (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: NS-PK3299 Fairfax Dr
    Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 527-0608

  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28. Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: PK-122132 Ivy Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    (434) 296-5106

  • Rank: #27-2827.- 28.
    Stanley Seventh-day Adventist School
    Stanley Seventh-day Adventist School Photo - Hands-on activities spark a love of learning at Stanley SDA School
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: PK-8118 Church Ave
    Stanley, VA 22851
    (540) 778-3377

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    Benedictine College Preparatory
    Benedictine College Preparatory Photo
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1911
    Grades: 9-1212829 River Road
    Henrico, VA 23238
    (804) 708-9500

  • Rank: #29-3029.- 30.
    St. Christopher's School
    All-boys (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1911
    Grades: PK-12711 Saint Christophers Road
    Richmond, VA 23226
    (804) 282-3185

  • Rank: #3131.
    Foxcroft School
    Foxcroft School Photo - Cherry Blossoms in bloom
    All-girls | Special Program Emphasis
    Founding Date: 1914
    Grades: 9-1222407 Foxhound Lane
    Middleburg, VA 20117
    (540) 687-4340

  • Rank: #3232.
    Collegiate School
    Collegiate School Photo - This may not look like much now, but it's our new Academic Commons, under construction and opening in summer 2013. The entire complex includes new art studios, a cafe, library and flexible open space for meetings and collaboration.
    Founding Date: 1915
    Grades: PK-12103 N Mooreland Road
    Henrico, VA 23229
    (804) 740-7077

  • Rank: #3333.
    Virginia Episcopal School
    Virginia Episcopal School Photo - Jett Hall is our main building on the VES campus. This original building, constructed in 1916, is where we welcome guests to campus. It houses our administration, Admissions, Development, Marketing and Business offices, holds classrooms and our Day Student Lounge.
    Founding Date: 1916
    Grades: 9-12400 VES Road
    Lynchburg, VA 24503
    (434) 385-3600

  • Rank: #3434.
    Eastern Mennonite School
    Eastern Mennonite School Photo - Hands on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) at all levels.
    Founding Date: 1917
    Grades: K-12801 Parkwood Drive
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    (540) 236-6021

  • Rank: #3535.
    St. Benedict School
    St. Benedict School Photo - St. Benedict Catholic School on the corner of Grove and Belmont, is located in the historic Museum District of Richmond, Virginia.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1919
    Grades: PK-83100 Grove Avenue
    Richmond, VA 23221
    (804) 254-8850

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