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  • The average private school in Virginia was founded around 1977 (2019-20).
  • The oldest private schools are listed below (where sufficient data available).
  • The oldest private school in Virginia is Norfolk Academy, founded in 1728.

Oldest Private Schools in Virginia (2019-20)

  • School Founding Date Grades Location
  • Rank: #11.
    Norfolk Academy
    Norfolk Academy Photo - Norfolk Academy is a private, coeducational day school serving students in grades 1-12. Founded in 1728, the school has an exciting history and many traditions that shape the student experience. The most important of these is the student-led Honor System, which shapes school's community of trust.
    Founding Date: 1728
    Grades: 1-121585 Wesleyan Dr
    Norfolk, VA 23502

  • Rank: #22.
    Episcopal High School
    Episcopal High School Photo - Callaway Chapel
    Founding Date: 1839
    Grades: 9-121200 North Quaker Lane
    Alexandria, VA 22302

  • Rank: #33.
    Stuart Hall School
    Stuart Hall School Photo - Art Class
    Founding Date: 1844
    Grades: PK-12235 W Frederick St
    Staunton, VA 24401

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

  • Rank: #5-65.-6.
    Miller School
    Miller School Photo - The main academic building, called Old Main" today, was the first building constructed on the Miller School of Albemarle's 1,600-acre campus.
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: 8-121000 Samuel Miller Loop
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Rank: #5-65.-6.
    Oak Hill Academy
    Oak Hill Academy Photo - Students enjoy spending time together after school.
    Founding Date: 1878
    Grades: 8-122635 Oak Hill Road
    Mouth Of Wilson, VA 24363

  • Rank: #7-87.-8.
    Fishburne Military School
    Fishburne Military School Photo
    All-boys | Military School
    Founding Date: 1879
    Grades: 7-12255 South Wayne Avenue
    Waynesboro, VA 22980

  • Rank: #7-87.-8.
    Holy Cross Regional Catholic School
    Holy Cross Regional Catholic School Photo - Our 5th grade students enjoy Reading Olympics, our annual celebration recognizing the reading accomplishments of our elementary students. Over the summer, students in grades pre-kindergarten through 2 read a total of 1,791 books while our 3 through 5 graders read 45,885 pages. The event takes place each September.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1879
    Grades: PK-122125 Langhorne Road
    Lynchburg, VA 24501

  • Rank: #9-119.-11.
    Chesapeake Academy
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-8107 Steamboat Rd.
    Irvington, VA 22480

  • Rank: #9-119.-11.
    Roanoke Catholic School
    Roanoke Catholic School Photo - A look over the Roanoke Catholic School campus and the surrounding area. Roanoke is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has the perfect balance between city and nature.
    Special Program Emphasis (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: PK-12621 N. Jefferson St
    Roanoke, VA 24016

  • Rank: #9-119.-11.
    Woodberry Forest School
    Woodberry Forest School Photo
    Founding Date: 1889
    Grades: 9-12898 Woodberry Forest Rd
    Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

  • Rank: #1212.
    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

  • Rank: #1313.
    Randolph-Macon Academy
    Randolph-Macon Academy Photo - Randolph-Macon Academy offers a flight program that includes ground school, flight time in a Cessna 172, and/or drone instruction for Upper School students. Middle School students get their own taste of flight through the semi-monthly Flight Club.
    Founding Date: 1892
    Grades: 6-12200 Academy Drive
    Front Royal, VA 22630

  • Rank: #14-1514.-15.
    Chatham Hall
    Chatham Hall Photo - Chatham Hall is a leader in girls’ education. The School strives to inspire integrity, academic excellence and global perspective in tomorrow’s leaders. Dynamic academics, unique programming, challenging athletics and inspiring arts – all in an environment dedicated to personal attention and growth.
    All-girls (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1894
    Grades: 9-12800 Chatham Hall Circle
    Chatham, VA 24531

  • Rank: #14-1514.-15.
    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

  • Rank: #1616.
    Fork Union Military Academy
    Fork Union Military Academy Photo - Graduation Day is a happy day!
    All-boys | Military School (Baptist)
    Founding Date: 1898
    Grades: 7-12PO Box 278, 4744 James Madison Hwy
    Fork Union, VA 23055

  • Rank: #1717.
    Massanutten Military Academy
    Massanutten Military Academy Photo - It is Massanutten's stated mission to produce confident, capable citizens prepared for leadership. Each cadet participates in our specialized personal development program providing your student with a strong background in social emotional learning and social awareness.
    Military School
    Founding Date: 1899
    Grades: 5-12614 South Main St.
    Woodstock, VA 22664

  • Rank: #1818.
    Peninsula Catholic High School
    Peninsula Catholic High School Photo
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1903
    Grades: 8-12600 Harpersville Road
    Newport News, VA 23601

  • Rank: #1919.
    The Potomac School
    Founding Date: 1904
    Grades: K-121301 Potomac School Rd
    Mc Lean, VA 22101

  • Rank: #20-2120.-21.
    The Madeira School
    The Madeira School Photo - Madeira's 376-acre campus in McLean, Virginia, overlooks the Potomac River from a perch just 12 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: 9-128328 Georgetown Pike
    Mc Lean, VA 22102

  • Rank: #20-2120.-21.
    St James Catholic School
    St James Catholic School Photo - Saint James Catholic School - where we strive to ignite the potential in our students.
    (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1906
    Grades: K-8830 W Broad Street
    Falls Church, VA 22046

  • Rank: #22-2422.-24.
    Blue Ridge School
    Blue Ridge School Photo - Battle House is the home of the Advancement and Admissions office, as well as the Alumni Reception Room.
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: 9-12273 Mayo Drive
    Dyke, VA 22935

  • Rank: #22-2422.-24.
    Hargrave Military Academy
    All-boys (Baptist)
    Founding Date: 1909
    Grades: 7-12200 Military Dr
    Chatham, VA 24531

  • Rank: #22-2422.-24.
    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

  • Rank: #25-2625.-26. Founding Date: 1910
    Grades: NS-122132 Ivy Road
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

  • Rank: #25-2625.-26.
    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-7118 Church Ave
    Stanley, VA 22851

  • Rank: #27-2827.-28.
    Benedictine College Preparatory
    All-boys (Roman Catholic)
    Founding Date: 1911
    Grades: 9-1212829 River Road
    Henrico, VA 23238

  • Rank: #27-2827.-28.
    St. Christopher's School
    All-boys (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1911
    Grades: PK-12711 Saint Christophers Road
    Richmond, VA 23226

  • Rank: #2929.
    Foxcroft School
    Foxcroft School Photo - Student Activities
    Founding Date: 1914
    Grades: 9-1222407 Foxhound Lane
    Middleburg, VA 20118

  • Rank: #3030.
    Collegiate School
    Collegiate School Photo - Football games at Collegiate School are a highlight of the fall season.
    Founding Date: 1915
    Grades: PK-12103 N Mooreland Road
    Henrico, VA 23229

  • Rank: #3131.
    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

  • Rank: #3232.
    Eastern Mennonite School
    Eastern Mennonite School Photo - The EMS Student Ambassadors welcome you to our school!
    Founding Date: 1917
    Grades: K-12801 Parkwood Dr
    Harrisonburg, VA 22802

  • Rank: #3333.
    St. Benedict Catholic School
    St. Benedict Catholic 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

  • Rank: #34-3534.-35.
    Christchurch School
    Christchurch School Photo - "Set your course at the river." Established in the Episcopal tradition, Christchurch is inclusive, welcoming students and families of all faiths and backgrounds.
    Founding Date: 1921
    Grades: 9-1249 Seahorse Lane
    Christchurch, VA 23031

  • Rank: #34-3534.-35.
    St. Margaret's School
    St. Margaret's School Photo - WE BELIEVE YOU BELONG HERE. * 10 acre historic riverfront campus * 42 acre athletic complex * Within 2 hours of Washington, DC, Richmond, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach
    All-girls (Episcopal)
    Founding Date: 1921
    Grades: 8-12444 S Water Ln
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

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