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Information about Boarding Schools in Virginia

Virginia boarding schools are located throughout the Commonwealth. Many enjoy bucolic settings where equestrian programs or water activites are offered. Others are near or within metropolitan areas, presenting opportunities to participate in cultural and performing arts. As students learn lessons of independence, they engage in vigorous academic programs and athletic pursuits.

Some schools are coeducational, while others are all-boys or all-girls. Still others combine a coeducational day school with single-sex boarding options.

The Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE) oversees accreditation for private boarding schools in Virginia. For information, visit the council's Web site at or contact the Richmond-based council at (804) 423-6435.

Schools accredited through VCPE are noted with a star ("*"). If marked with two stars (**), the school is undergoing the accreditation process.

The list below includes 16 boarding schools in Virginia that returned a form to The Times-Dispatch. It gives basic information is in this order: Name of school, address; type of school, year school was founded, current enrollment, student-to-teacher ratio, grade levels, tuition range; focus or mission statement; phone number and Web site.

Private Boarding Schools in Virginia

*Blue Ridge School, 273 Mayo Drive, Rt. 627, St. George, 22935. Independent, all-boys, all-boarding, college prep; 1909; 196; 9:1; 9-12; more than $20,000. Focus: We specifically focus on helping boys reach their potential through personalized, structured, innovative learning practices in a college preparatory, all-boarding community. Info: (434) 985-2811, ext .118;

*Chatham Hall, 800 Chatham Hall Circle, Chatham, 24531. Girls boarding; 1894; 137; 6:1; 9-12; $36,000 (boarding), $12,600 (day school). Focus: To prepare young women for college and productive lives through a rigorous program that encourages intellectual growth, creative development and personal responsibility. Info: (434) 432-2941;

*Christchurch School, 49 Seahorse Lane, Christchurch, 23031. Boys boarding and coed day school; 1921; 220; 7:1; 8-12; $37,250 (boarding), $15,750 (day school) . Focus: Encourages spiritual, intellectual, physical, cultural and social growth so that students realize their potential and cultivate high standards of responsibility, discipline and honor. Info: (804) 758-2306 or (800) 296-2306;

*Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, 22802. Day school, 6-12 and host boarding, 11-12; 1917; 321; 6-12; $7,815 - $11,226. Focus: A rigorous curriculum that, with home and church, provides students opportunities to develop faith, acquire knowledge, skills and behaviors that benefit themselves and the community. Info: (540) 432-4500;

*Episcopal High School, 1200 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, 22302. Coed boarding; 1839; 435; 6:1; 9-12; $38,200. Focus: Students, who come from more than 30 states and 20 countries, have the nation's oldest honor code. Offers a Washington program and integrated technology. Info: (703) 933-4062;

*Fork Union Military Academy, P.O. Box 278, 4744 James Madison Highway, Fork Union, 23055. Boys military, college-preparatory boarding; 1898; 550; 6-12 and post-graduate; $22,700. Focus: Provide a college preparatory education in a residential Christian setting to teach young men responsibility, leadership, discipline, and pride. Info: (434) 842-4205 or (800) 462-3862;

* Foxcroft School, P.O. Box 5555, Middleburg, 20118. Girls boarding and day school; 1914; 180; 9-12; $29,531 (day) - $39, 375 (boarding). Focus: Provides a residential learning experience for girls in which academic excellence, leadership, responsibility and integrity are our highest principles and knowing and appreciating each student is our core value. Info: (540) 687-5555;

*Massanutten Military Academy, 614 S. Main St., Woodstock, 22664. Military coed boarding school; 1899; 200; 8:1; 7-12 and post-graduate; $24,663. Focus: A coeducational college preparatory school. Each cadet receives an academic, character, leadership and physical education of excellence, ensuring development, readiness for college, leadership and citizenship. Info: (540) 459-2167;

*The Miller School of Albemarle, 1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, 22903. College prep, coed boarding and day school; 1878; 150; 6:1; 8-12 and post-graduate; $31,450 (boarding), $13,650 (day). Focus: With a unique emphasis on minds, hands and hearts, Miller School prepares young women and men for success in college and life. Info: (434) 823-4805;

*Oak Hill Academy, 2635 Oak Hill Road, Mouth of Wilson, 24363. Coed boarding, non-military; 1878; 130; 10:1; 8-12; $20,300. Info: (276) 579-2619;

*Randolph-Macon Academy, 200 Academy Drive, Front Royal, 22630. College prep, boarding, with Air Force JROTC; 1892; 412; 10:1; 6-12 and post-graduate; $21,303. Focus: College prep, boarding, military; 1892; 407; 10:1; $23,710. Focus: Developing leadership skills; affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Graduating classes average over $4 million in scholarships. Info: (800) 272-1172;

*St. Anne's-Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, 22903. Coed day school (grades PS-12) and boarding school (grades 9-12); 1910; 838; 8:1; PK-12; $39,900 (7-day boarding fee), $8,550 (day). Focus: We believe that the transmission of knowledge, the encouragement of curiosity, the development of rational thought, and the cultivation of responsible, honorable behavior are the great ends of education. Info: (434) 296-5106;

*St. Margaret's School, 444 Water Lane, P.O. Box 158, Tappahannock, 22560. Girls boarding and day school; 1921; 150; 6:1; 8-12; $14,950 (day) - $37,500 (boarding). Focus: Educating young women for life is reflected in a college preparatory curriculum and co-curricular activities that equip girls for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. Info: (804) 443-3357;

*Stuart Hall School, 235 West Frederick St., Staunton, 24401. Girls boarding (grades 8-12) and coed day school (K-12); 1844; 320; 11:1; K-12; $7,900 (day)$34,800 (boarding). Focus: Since 1844, educating students in mind, body, heart and spirit. Info: (540) 885-0356 or (888) 306-8926;

*Virginia Episcopal School, 400 V. E. S. Road, Lynchburg, 24503. Coed boarding; 1916; 265; 12:1; 9-12; $33,500. Focus: Virginia Episcopal School is committed to rigorous academic training and vigorous individual attention in a spiritual and ethical environment. Info: (434) 385-3607;

*Woodberry Forest School, 898 Woodberry Forest Road, Woodberry Forest, 22989. Boys boarding; 1889; 388; 4:1; 9-12; $36,200. Focus: Centered on a student-run honor system, a Woodberry education is characterized by intellectual thoroughness, moral integrity, reverence for things sacred and good sportsmanship. Info: (540) 672-3900 or (888) 798-9371;

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