The New Community School

  • Our Mission: The New Community School empowers bright, talented students who are challenged by dyslexia and related learning differences. The innovative and research-based college preparatory curriculum uses a customized educational approach to build skills in language and math and to foster academic and personal strengths igniting the passions and gifts of unique minds.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia and related learning differences
Year Founded1974
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCosts vary by course
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students205 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade The New Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers47 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,200
Tuition Notes2020-21: $30,800 grades 5-8 $31,900 grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorCarolyn Tisdale


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SwimmingTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
National Honor Society

School Notes

  • TNCS offers a college preparation curriculum for 5th 12th grade students
  • Enrollment is approximately 200 students
  • 90% of graduates go on to attend college
  • Average class size: 2.4 (Language Fundamentals classes for remediation of reading, writing, spelling); 6.7 (academic classes)
  • Vibrant athletics, arts, and electives programs support personal and community growth
  • Customized and ever-evolving advisory system that empowers the strengths of each unique mind
  • Over 50% of teachers have master`s degrees or above
  • An 8.5 acre open campus located in one of Richmond, Virginia`s historic districts
  • Please visit for more information about the TNCS admissions process.

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The average private school tuition in Richmond, VA is $12,556 for elementary schools and $16,456 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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