Seven Hills School

Seven Hills School is the middle school for boys in Richmond, Virginia.
Everything at Seven Hills is intentionally designed to meet the specific developmental and social needs of boys in grades five through eight: from our flexible classroom furniture to our robust experiential learning curriculum.
Our graduates go on to attend top public and private high schools equipped with the tools to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
Discover the new approach to educating middle school boys at Seven Hills..

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
International Boys' Schools Coalition
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 5-8
Year Founded2001

Student Body

Total Students70 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Seven Hills School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,350
Admissions DirectorDrew Lineberger


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Mountain Biking, SoccerBasketballMountain Biking,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Debate, Game Club, Model UN, Video Game Club, Yearbook

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Rock Climbing Club, Running

School Notes

Seven Hills is founded on the belief that the differences between girls and boys are significant enough to support a model school committed to instructional methods based on current research concerning the minds and hearts of boys in their middle years.

Research clearly points to benefits in critical thinking and collaborative learning for boys in schools where class size, classroom space and layout, schedule and structure, opportunity for movement, and full sensory instruction are reexamined and connected. Few traditional schools can implement such a sweeping reconfiguration, and rarely can public schools consider grouping students by gender. Seven Hills is on the leading edge of a national movement recognizing the unique connections between boys and learning.

How do Seven Hills teachers teach so boys will learn?
  • One-on-one and small-group instruction
  • Less lecturing from the front of the classroom
  • More working side-by-side with students during class
  • Variety in assessment methods to evaluate student progress
  • Encouragement to make mistakes
  • Relevant, engaging angles to classroom content
  • Frequent hands-on, experiential lessons
  • Fidget-friendly classroom furniture
  • Positive reinforcement of good behavior
  • Shorter afternoon classes and frequent outdoor breaks
  • Organized notebooks and classroom materials

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Richmond
    Grades: 5-8 | 71 students
    0.9 miles
    500 N Allen Ave
    Richmond, VA 23220
    (804) 228-2436
    0.9 5-8
  • Richmond
    St. Christopher's School
    All-boys (Episcopal)
    Grades: PK-12 | 985 students
    4 miles
    711 Saint Christophers Road
    Richmond, VA 23226
    (804) 282-3185
    4 PK-12
  • Chesterfield
    Grades: K-12 | 246 students
    8.5 miles
    6511 Belmont Rd.
    Chesterfield, VA 23832
    (804) 276-3193
    8.5 K-12
  • Henrico
    Grades: NS-12 | 651 students
    9.8 miles
    11600 Gayton Rd
    Henrico, VA 23238
    (804) 740-3394
    9.8 NS-12
  • Orlando
    Grades: K-12 | 670 students
    663 miles
    9307 Curry Ford Road
    Orlando, FL 32825
    (407) 275-8031
    663 K-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Perfectly suited for those awkward middle years in a boy's life. We came to 7HS from a public elementary school and returned to a highly competitive public Governor's school for high school. I honestly wasn't expecting to choose an independent school option for middle school either, but once we got to know 7HS, it was clear that this opportunity was too good to pass up. Many guys simply "get through" their middle school years. 7HS understands exactly what middle school boys need because that's their sole focus. 7HS creates an environment for the guys to thrive in those middle school years, both academically and socially. 7HS graduates go to high school confident in who they are as human beings. They are well-prepared to succeed in high school and beyond. My son is now looking at colleges and is clearly drawn to places with the potential to inspire and champion his ongoing growth and development like 7HS did for him in middle school. 7HS was the best investment that our family could have made at such an important developmental period in my son's life.
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Because of moving and age of our boys it has landed us in various school configurations throughout the years, a total of 4 private schools and 2 public schools, so we have experienced several different settings and kinds of education. Seven Hills School has by far been the best school for our boys (currently two attend). They are academically strong and could have excelled anywhere, but here its not a sole focus on academics. Do not get me wrong academics are strong and the boys' graduate and do very well in all different local private and public high schools. This school goes beyond typical academics and teaches critical thinking (something we found not truly being taught in many other schools), as well as supporting the boys to develop their character in a environment that is not threatening.
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Seven Hills School is amazing. Because of many different reasons we have been to 6 other schools (private and public) and by far this school has provided the best fit for our boys. The school's philosophy is to focus on the whole child, providing an academically rigorous curriculum (see the list of where the boys are accepted for high school), but also adding as much emphasis for character development, self confidence and really nurturing the boy to be the best person he can be!
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The average private school tuition in Richmond, VA is $12,805 for elementary schools and $16,822 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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