The Grand Magnolia School

Dr. Natalie N. Summerville founded The Grand Magnolia School after over 25 years as an educator to create a new kind of school experience.
Grand Magnolia is a private micro-school of just 8 children with 4:1 ratios.
Nestled in in the heart of the West End of Richmond, Virginia, Grand Magnolia takes an experiential approach to educational excellence.
Every day, we cultivate a nurturing and active learning home for children to flourish with ample outdoor time, hands-on exploration, and play.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Students: 8 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,000
  • Average class size: 4 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-3

Student Body

Total Students
8 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Grand Magnolia School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
4 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Dr. Natalie N. Summerville

School Notes

  • How many children do you enroll?
    • Our school consists of 8 children in two amazing cohorts.
  • What is your daily schedule?
    • Our school day schedule runs from 8.30a - 5.00p Monday through Friday. Inquire regarding before and after school offerings.
  • What is the Grand Magnolia school calendar?
    • We follow an academic year schedule (September 8th, 2021 - June 17th, 2022) that closely mirrors Henrico and Richmond Public Schools with break camps available four times a year during longer break times (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, and Summer).
  • How do I inquire regarding openings or to join the waiting list?
    • Feel free to e-mail us at: or submit the contact form on this website.
  • What are the tuition and fees for Grand Magnolia?
    • Our tuition is $16,000 for the academic yearpaid in equal installments over 10 months. We also have a one time application fee ($100) and an enrollment and establishment fee ($500).
  • My child did Kindergarten virtually and/or at home with me during the pandemic, could they still enroll?
    • Yes! If you feel your child could benefit from another year of Kindergarten, in person, with peers, feel free to pursue enrollment.
  • What is a cohort model?
    • Our enrolled students progress together rather than moving classes. For example, our Kindergarten cohort from the 2021-22 will graduate together and move on to become our first grade cohort.
  • Are you a Montessori/Reggio/Waldorf school?
    • No. We like to think of Montessori, Reggio, and Waldorf approaches to education as close cousins of our own with similar  philosophies on child development regarding the empowerment of students as active agents in their own learning in a way the prioritizes creativity and free thinking. We find that families and children who gravitate to these approaches also resonate with our style as well.
  • What if I still have questions I would love to discuss?
    • Email (, call (804.214.6705), submit our contact form, schedule a call online,send an owl - whatever floats your boat! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-3
  • Students: 8 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $16,000
  • Average class size: 4 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Richmond, VA is $13,702 for elementary schools and $15,743 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Richmond, VA is 80% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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